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Evans, Henry, (solicitor), Machynlleth, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EVANSMACH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Henry Evans (Solicitor), Machynlleth, Records

Short Title: Evans, Henry, (solicitor), Machynlleth, records

Creation date(s): 1837-1957

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.236 cubic metres (42 boxes, 2 rolls, 17 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Machynlleth Poor Law Union; Machynlleth Rural District Council; Machynlleth and Estimaner Petty Sessions; Mallwyd Urban District Council

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The Machynlleth Poor Law Union was established in 1839 following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, and consisted of the parishes of Caereinion Fechan, Cemais, Darowen, Isygarreg, Llanwrin, Machynlleth, Penegoes and Uwchygarreg (Montgomeryshire), Pennal and Tywyn (Merionethshire). Machynlleth Rural District Council was formed in 1894 following the Local Government Act 1894. Mallwyd Urban District Council and Pennal rural district came into being at the same time, and all of these bodies ceased to exist after the local government reorganization of 1974. The Petty Sessions were a minor court, introduced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to reduce the burden on the Quarter Sessions by dealing with some of the minor cases and routine business. They were presided over by two or more justices or magistrates, and from 1848 they were required to send details of fines, depositions and case papers to the Clerks of the Peace at the county Quarter Sessions. The Machynlleth and Estimaner Petty Sessions covered western Montgomeryshire and southern Merionethshire.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records, 1837-1955, of former local government bodies of Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, and neighbouring parts of Merionethshire, comprising minute books, letter books, ledgers, account books, reports, valuations, registers and rate books of the Machynlleth Poor Law Union, 1837-1930, minute books, letter books, ledgers, account books, reports, valuations, registers and rate books of the Machynlleth Rural District Council, 1892-1957, a letter book and rate account books of the Mallwyd Urban District Council, 1922-1930, and minute books, account books, registers and other records of the Machynlleth and Estimaner (Ystumanner) Petty Sessions, 1853-1953, together with miscellaneous administrative, financial and personal papers, 1837-1931, from the offices of Henry Evans relating to clients, local government, local businesses, and other solicitors who practised in and around Machynlleth.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to record type and thereafter chronologically within the following groups: Machynlleth Poor Law Union; Machynlleth Rural District Council; Mallwyd Urban District Council; Machynlleth and Estimaner Petty Sessions; miscellaneous

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: These records were accumulated by a number of Machynlleth solicitors during the course of their duties as clerks to the various authorities represented in the archive, and acquired by Henry Evans as their successor in legal practice.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited in two groups by Mr Henry Evans, Ll.D., solicitor, Machynlleth, Powys, 1981 and 1982.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Henry Evans (Machynlleth) Records; Davies, David Wyn, The town of a prince: a history of Machynlleth (Machynlleth, 1991)

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Great Britain. | Court of Petty Sessions (Montgomeryshire and Merio | Machynlleth and Estimaner | Archives
Henry Evans, | Solicitor | Records and correspondence
Local government | Wales | Machynlleth
Machynlleth (Wales). | Rural District Council | Archives
Machynlleth Poor Law Union | Records and correspondence
Mallwyd (Wales). | Urban District Council | Archives
Poor laws | Wales | Machynlleth | Administration

Personal names

Corporate names
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Montgomeryshire and Merioneth). | Machynlleth and Estimaner
Machynlleth (Wales) | Rural District Council
Machynlleth Poor Law Union
Mallwyd (Wales) | Urban District Council

Places
Machynlleth (Wales)
Mallwyd (Wales)
Ystumanner (Wales)

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