Powys County Archives Office

Hay Poor Law Union Records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/G/HA

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Title: Hay Poor Law Union Records

Short title: Hay Union records

Dates of creation: 1845-1968

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Hay Poor Law Union


Administrative and biographical history: Until the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, relief of the poor was the responsibility of the parish. Following the Act, parishes were grouped into Unions that were charged to provide a workhouse for the relief of the able-bodied poor. Hay Poor Law Union was formed in 1836 and operated in constituent parishes of Aberllynfi, Bronllys, Glyn Fach, Hay, Llanelyw, Llaneigon, Llyswen, Pipton, Talgarth and Tre-goed and Felindre in Brecknockshire, Bredwardine; Clifford; Cusop; Dorston; Whitney in Herefordshire and Betws Cleiro, Boughrood, Bryngwyn, Clyro, Glasbury, Llanbedr Painscastle, Llandeilo Graban, Llanstephan and Llowes in Radnorshire. The Board of Guardians responsible for the Union had other duties from time to time, including the registration of births, marriages and deaths, vaccinations, assessments of rates, sanitation, school attendance and infant life protection. By the time of the Local Government Act 1929, Unions were abolished and their duties transferred to County Councils, with responsibility for the poor being transferred to the Public Assistance Committee until 1948.


Scope and content: Records of Hay Poor Law Union, 1845-1968, including admissions and discharge books, 1909-1932; Poor Law Board and Local Government Board orders, 1866-1878; register of birth, 1914-1948; register of death, 1914-1964; register of inmates, 1916-1954; registers of religious creeds, 1903-1926; inventories of inmates, 1914-1929; marriage notice books for Hay District, 1907-1917; parish rates books, 1917-1925; valuation lists, 1897-1928; valuation lists, 1897-1928; School Attendance Committee minutes, 1892-1903; miscellaneous, 1845-1968.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Statutory financial statements; Order books; Poor Law Board and Local Government Board Orders; Master's admission and discharge books; Registers of births; Registers of deaths; Registers of inmates; Registers of religious creeds; Inventories of inmates; Chaplain's records; Marriage notice books; Rates books; Valuation lists; School Attendance Committee; Miscellaneous

Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Powys County Archives Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Board of Guardians, Hay Union, catalogue; The History of Poor Law website (http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/unions.html), 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



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