Powys County Archives Office
Forden Poor Law Union Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/G/F
Title: Forden Poor Law Union Records
Short title: Forden Poor Law Union records
Dates of creation: 1870-1930
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: (49 items)
Name of creator(s): Forden 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. Forden Poor Law Union was formed in 1870 and replaced the existing Montgomery and Pool Union. The union operated in the constituent parishes of Berriew, Castle Caereinion, Church Stoke, Cletterwood, Cyfronydd, Forden, Hope, Leighton, Llandyssil, Llanmerewig, Middletown, Montgomery, Lower Pool, Middle Pool, Upper Pool, Rhosgoch, Trelystan, Trewern and Uppington in Montgomeryshire and Aston, Brompton and Rhiston, Castlewright, Chirbury and Worthen in Shropshire. Later additions to the Union included Alberbury in Shropshire and Buttington and Guilsfield in Montgomeryshire. 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 Forden Poor Law Union, 1870-1930, including minute books, 1870-1930; general ledgers, 1886-1930; parochial ledgers, 1907-1926.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: Group one consists of minute books, general ledgers, parochial ledgers and miscellaneous; Group two consists of parish rate-book and list of guardians, officers appointed for 1928-1929
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: Welshpool parish rate-book transferred from Powysland Museum, Welshpool, Powys, 1986
Related units of description: Further records of Forden Poor Law Union are Powys County Archives Service, M/H and M/Q/CX/6. Records of Montgomery and Pool Union are Powys County Archives Service, M/G/A
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, Forden Poor Law Union, catalogue; The History of Poor Law website (http://users.ox.ac.uk/~peter/workhouse/unions.html), viewed 5 May 2005.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: May 2005