Powys County Archives Office

Powys Health Records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 P/H

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Title: Powys Health Records

Short title: Powys health records

Dates of creation: 1895-1994

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Powys Health Authority


Administrative and biographical history: From 1888 County Councils were responsible for healthcare administration in the counties of Brecknockshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire. In 1948, following the creation of the National Health Service and other welfare provisions, regional hospital boards and hospital management committees were established and had responsibility for healthcare in the counties. In 1974 the Powys Health Authority came into being and assumed control in the newly-created county of Powys, with matters changing again in 1993 with the formation of the Powys (NHS) Trust. The Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth, Brecknockshire was originally called the Brecon and Radnor Joint Asylum on opening in 1903; the name was changed in 1921. The first patients at the hospital were admissions mainly from the Brecon area but numbers also arrived from towns further afield such as Swansea and Shrewsbury. Highland Moors, Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire, was a boys' school for TB and asthma between 1932 and 1957.


Scope and content: Records of healthcare in Powys, 1895-1994, including Powys Health Authority annual reports, 1974-1994; Welsh Regional Hospital Board records, 1952-1956; Welsh Hospital Board records, 1971-1974; Mid Wales Hospital Management Committee records, 1971-1974; Montgomeryshire County Council records, 1927-1976, including Education Committee, Special Services minutes, 1939-1954, Health Committee minute books, 1947-1959, registers of births, 1946-1974, registers of midwives, 1927-1976; Machynlleth Rural District Council health records, 1955-1974; Machynlleth Urban District Council registers of tuberculosis notifications, 1939-1973; Newtown and Llanidloes Rural District Council Medical Officer of Health's report book, 1925-1946; Montgomery Borough register of notifications by medical practitioners of causes of pulmonary tuberculosis, 1912-1973; registers of infectious diseases, 1955-1975; Mid-Wales Hospital, Talgarth, records, 1896-1976; Highland Moors, Llandrindod Wells, records, 1932-1950; Brecon Chest Hospital leases, 1921-1968; hospitals in Powys records, 1904-1972; hospital property terriers and summaries of deeds, 1895-1977; miscellaneous, [1940s]-[1970s].


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into three groups: Group one consists of Powys Health Authority annual reports; Group two consists of records of Montgomeryshire County Council, Machynlleth Rural District Council, Machynlleth Urban District Council, Montgomery Borough and Newtown & Llanidloes Rural District Council; Group three consists of records of Talgarth Hospital, Highland Moors, Chest Hospital, Brecon and miscellaneous hospital 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.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Immediate source of acquisition: Hospital records deposited by Mrs M. K. E.Morgan, Head of Administration for Powys Health Authority, 1990


Related units of description: Further records relating to healthcare in Brecknockshire are Powys County Archives Service, including the Mid-Wales Hospital, Talagarth are B/H; Montgomeryshire, Powys County Archives Service, M/H; Radnorshire, Powys County Archives Service, R/H


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, Breconshire, Health records, catalogues; Highland Moors Homepage, (http://www.highlandmoors.co.uk/history.htm), viewed 17 March 2005.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: March 2005



Brecon and Radnor Joint Asylum | Archives

Health services administration | Wales | Powys

Hospitals | Wales | Powys

Mid-Wales Hospital, Talgarth | Archives

Powys Health Authority | Archives

Personal names

Corporate names

Machynlleth (Wales) | Rural District Council

Machynlleth (Wales) | Urban District Council

Mid Wales Hospital Management Committee

Mid-Wales Hospital (Talgarth, Wales)

Montgomery (Wales) | Borough Council

Montgomeryshire (Wales) | County Council

Newtown & Llanidloes (Wales) | Rural District Council

Powys Health Authority

Welsh Hospital Board

Welsh Regional Hospital Board