Powys County Archives Office
R. Trevor Griffiths Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/D/RTG
Title: R. Trevor Griffiths Records
Short title: Griffiths, R. Trevor, records
Dates of creation: 1879-1913
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: Information to be supplied
Name of creator(s): Hay County Court; Painscastle Highway Board
Administrative and biographical history: R. Trevor Griffiths & Co. are solicitors of Hay-on-Wye. The records are relating to Hay County Court District, Radnorshire and Painscastle Highway Board. Highways Boards were created by the Highways Acts of 1835 and 1862 in order to improve the quality of roads in Britain. The 1835 Act permitted the unification of parishes into districts that were responsible for maintaining highways. The later legislation allowed Justices of the Peace to divide the county into Highways districts according to their own judgement. These districts were governed by boards made up of Justices of the Peace and way-wardens from constituent parishes. The Highways Boards were abolished in 1894, when their responsibilities transferred to the Urban and Rural District Councils. County courts are of medieval origin, but were established in their present form by Act of Parliament in 1846. The court is primarily concerned with civil cases relating to debt and bankrupcy. The county court in Brecknockshire was divided in to districts, including Brecon, Builth, Hay, Knighton, Llandovery, Llandrindod and Rhayader. In 1990 and 1991 the traditional allocation of first instance jurisdiction between the High Court and county courts was substantially altered. Previous financial limitations on the county courts' jurisdiction, in relation to tort, personal injuries claims and possession claims was abolished, as were limitations on some other classes of action.
Scope and content: Records relating to Hay County Court District and Painscastle Highway Board, Radnorshire, 1879-1913, including lists of jurors, 1893-1913; and Local Government Board circulars and orders, 1879-1894.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Hay County Court District, lists of jurors; Painscastle Highway Board, Local Government Board circulars and orders.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Immediate source of acquisition: Records deposited by R. Trevor Griffiths, Hay-on-Wye, in June, 1977.
Related units of description: Further papers are Powys County Archives Service, GB 0223 R/HB; GB 0223 B/CCT.
Note: Title supplied from depositor of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, R. Trevor Griffith Records, Powys County Archives Homepage (archives.powys.gov.uk), viewed 21 January 2005; BBC Homepage, Crime Fighters: Justice, County Courts, (http://www.bbc.co.uk/crime/fighters/countycourt.shtml), viewed 21 February 2005.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: February 2005