Powys County Archives Office
Montgomeryshire County Council Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/C
Title: Montgomeryshire County Council Records
Short title: Montgomeryshire County Council records
Dates of creation: 1618-1991 (accumulated 1888-1991)
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 11.04 cubic metres (552 boxes)
Name of creator(s): Montgomeryshire County Council; Powys County Council
Administrative and biographical history: Formed under the Local Government Act 1888, Montgomeryshire County Council took over many administrative duties of the Court of Quarter Sessions, such as responsibility for roads, bridges, county rates, county buildings, the police force, and licensing. In 1889, the administrative and welfare responsibilities were transferred to the first elected county council. The Local Government Act 1929 transferred to the county councils responsibility for public assistance (including out-relief, care of the elderly and infirm and children, poor law hospitals, and institutions) from the Boards of Guardians. New legislation relating to public health, agriculture, mental deficiency, highways, motor taxation and town and country planning gave substantial further responsibilities to county councils, particularly between 1919 and 1947. In the period immediately after the Second World War, some responsibilities were transferred to the county councils from the urban and rural district councils, but, with the establishment of the National Health Service and the Welfare State, the county councils lost to central government responsibilities for major services relating to health and public assistance. In 1974, Montgomeryshire was amalgamated with Brecknockshire and Radnorshire to create the new Powys County Council, as part of the restructuring of local government. The Clerk's Department amassed deeds and other earlier papers relating to the Council's property.
Scope and content: Records of Montgomeryshire County Council, 1618-1991, including council minutes, 1889-1973; attendance registers, 1937-1974; summons and agendas, 1948-1974; correspondence, 1903-1924; reports of committees, 1890-1916; committee records, including Agricultural and Smallholdings/Agriculture Committee, 1908-1974; Agricultural Education Sub-Committee, 1916-1945; Diseases of Animals Sub-Committee, 1919-1936; Agriculture Finance Sub-Committee, 1921-1932; Livestock Committee and Sub-Committee, 1914-1939; A.R.P. Emergency Committee and Civil Defence Committee, 1935-1949; County Assessment Committee, 1926-1949; Asylum Committee (Visiting Committee), 1889-1912; Audit and Estimates Committee, 1921-1943; County Boundaries Committee, 1889-1894; Central Purchasing Committee, 1953; Chairman's Committee, 1919-1964; Children and Young Person's Joint Committee/Children's Committee, 1946-1974; Civil Defence Committee, 1949-1968; Consultative Committee (Reservoir sites), 1960-1970; County Rates Committee, 1896; Diseases of Animals Committee, 1931-1963; Education Committee and related records, 1903-1979; Establishment Committee/ Establishment and General Purposes Committee, 1934-1973; Finance and General Purposes Committee and related records, 1891-1974; Flood Organisation (Warning and Relief), 1946-1969; Health Committee and related records, 1933-1960; Invasion Committee, 1942-1944; Joint Consultative Committee, 1970-1974; Joint Intermediate Education Committee, 1889-1902; Local Joint (Staff) Committee, 1948-1973; Local Government Committee/Local Government and Local Taxation Committee and related records, 1894-1974; Light Horse Breeding Committee, 1911-1919; Local Information Committee, 1940-1944; Mental Deficiency Committee, 1927-1948; Main Roads and County Buildings and Bridges Committee/Main Roads Committee/Highways Committee and related records, 1889-1973; National Service Committee, 1939; Parliamentary Committee, 1974; Penstrowed Quarry Committee, 1894-1945; Montgomeryshire Joint Planning/Planning Committee, 1944-1955; Post-War Development Committee, 1941-1963; Probation Committee, 1927-1974; Public Assistance/Welfare/Social Services Committees, 1929-1973; Public Health and Housing Committee and related records, 1890-1955; Railway Rates Committee, 1889-1893; Reconstruction Committee, 1918-1919; Records Committee, 1949-1958; Restriction of Ribbon Development Committee/Sub-Committee, 1935-1948; Roads Safety Committee/Joint Road Safety Committee, 1946-1950; Shop Act Committee, 1916; Selection Committee, 1970-1972; Smallholdings Committee and related records, 1892-1974; Staff Adjustment Board, 1932-1934; Standing Joint Committee and related records, 1889-1965; Local Taxation Committee, 1909-1919; Unemployment Committee/Sub-Committee, 1920-1930; University Grants Committee, 1923-1924; Valuation Committee, 1927-1949; Veterinary Committee, 1933-1949; War Agricultural Executive Committee, 1916-1927; War Pensions Committee, 1919; Water, Electricity and Flood Committee and related records, 1946-1974; Water Supplies/Joint Water Committee, 1898-1958; Montgomeryshire Water Board and River Severn resources Committee, 1960-[c. 1974]; Welsh Church Fund Committee, 1914-1974; County Architect's records, 1920-1978; Adjustment Board minutes, 1934; Clerk's Department records and papers, 1671-1991; Treasurer's Department records, 1889-1969; Highways Department County Surveyor's letter book, 1913-1914; County Architect's Department records, 1939-1978; Civil Defence Department records, 1949-1971; Education Department records, 1903-1973; Library Service records, 1920-1971; Motor Taxation Department records, 1903-1974; Planning Department records, 1903-1973; Public Assistance Department records, 1914-1955; and miscellaneous deeds relating to lands in Montgomeryshire, 1618-1910.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into fifteen groups, by deposit: Group one consists of County Architect's records, Clerk's Department records, committee records, Treasurer's records; Group two consists of health reports and census reports; Group three consists of miscellaneous deeds; Group four consists of electoral registers; Group five consists of Education Committee and related records; Group six consists of County Council summons and agendas; Group seven consists of School Medical Officer's reports; Group eight consists of Highways Department Highway Surveyor's letter book; Group nine consists of County Architect's records; Group ten consists of Civil Defence records; Group eleven consists of Education Department records; Group twelve consists of Library Service records; Group thirteen consists of Motor Taxation Department records; Group fourteen consists of Planning Department records; and Group fifteen consists of Public Assistance records.
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.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Powys County Archives Service have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are possible
Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred from the National Library of Wales in 1990 and 1998
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The Clerk's Department records includes some material post-dating the absorption of Montgomeryshire County Council into Powys County Council, and also deeds and other papers pre-dating the formation of Montgomeryshire County Council.
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, Montgomeryshire County Council, catalogues; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997)
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: February 2005