Powys County Archives Office
Llanfyllin Poor Law Union Records
Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/G/B
Title: Llanfyllin Poor Law Union Records
Short title: Llanfyllin Poor Law Union records
Dates of creation: 1841-1972
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: (Information to be supplied)
Name of creator(s): Llanfyllin 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. Llanfyllin Poor Law Union was formed in 1837 and operated in the constituent parishes of Garthbeibio, Hirnant, Llandrinio, Llandysilio, Llanerfyl, Llanfair Caereinion, Llanfechain, Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa, Llanfyllin, Llangadfan, Llangyniew, Llangynog, Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochant, Llansanffraid Deuddwr, Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain, Llanwddyn, Meifod and Pennant in Montgomeryshire and Carreghofa, Llanarmon Mynydd-mawr, Llangadwaladr, Llangedwyn and Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochant in Denbighshire. 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. The workhouse later became an old people's home called The Meadows (Y Dolydd) until its final closure in 1982.
Scope and content: Records of Llanfyllin Poor Law Union and The Meadows, 1841-1972, including minute books, 1841-1930; general and parochial ledgers, 1837-1861; general ledgers, 1861-1930; Treasurer's account books, 1914-1928; parochial ledgers, 1861-1922; case papers, c.1909-1930; records of boarded-out children, c.1911-1914; correspondence, 1871-1873; registers of inmates, 1885-1974; register of births, 1914-1941; register of deaths, 1914-1972; creed register 1909-1939; School Attendance Committee minute book 1877-1904.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Minute books; General and parochial ledgers; General ledgers; Treasurer's ledger books; Parochial ledgers; Case papers; Boarded-out children; Correspondence; Workhouse master; Inmates; School Attendance Committee
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: Deposited 1982, 1984. Some records transferred from the National Library of Wales,
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, Llanfyllin 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