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Machynlleth Poor Law Union Records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/G/M

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Title: Machynlleth Poor Law Union Records

Short title: Machynlleth Poor Law Union records

Dates of creation: 1837-1930

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: (26 items)

Name of creator(s): Machynlleth 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. Machynlleth Poor Law Union was formed in 1837 and operated in the constituent parishes of Cemmaes, Darowen, Isygarreg, Llanbrynmair, Llanwrin, Machynlleth, Penegoes and Uchygarreg in Montgomeryshire, Pennal, Tywyn in Merionethshire and Ysgubor-y-coed in Cardiganshire. 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 Machynlleth Poor Law Union, 1837-1930, including minute books, 1837-1901; general ledgers, 1839-1930; parochial ledgers, 1857-1927.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Minute books; General ledgers; Parochial ledgers; 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 possible

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, Machynlleth 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



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