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Anglesey Archives
Public Assistance Committee (Anglesey), records

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WCC/WEL

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Public Assistance Committee (Anglesey) Records

Short Title: Public Assistance Committee (Anglesey), records

Creation date(s): 1870-1957

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.052 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Anglesey County Council, Public Assistance Committee; Holyhead Poor Law Union; Valley Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history: Following the abolition of Poor Law Unions under the Local Government Act 1929, responsibility for the poor was transferred to the Public Assistance Committee of Anglesey County Council until the foundation of the National Health Service in 1948. The Valley workhouse of the Holyhead Poor Law Union became the Public Assistance Institution, Valley, and in 1948 the Valley Hospital.


Scope and content/abstract: Records, 1870-1957, of the Public Assistance Committee, Anglesey County Council, Holyhead Poor Law Union and Valley Hospital, including application and report books, receipt and expenditure books and receipt and payment books for relief districts, 1930-1943; provisions books, 1931-1940; relief order books for relief districts, 1926-1942; Superintendent's book, Bronheulog, Maesgarnedd Children's Home, 1932-1939; medical relief book, 1933-1935; non-settled relief account book, 1937-1940; Master's day book, 1940-1949; admission and discharge books, 1936-1962; registers of inmates, 1933-1957; register of births, 1870-1948; register of deaths, 1930-1947; copy inmates' change of circumstances books, 1945-1948; religious creed registers, 1916-1949; indoor relief lists, 1938-1951; visiting committee's report book, 1913-1947; Master's report book, 1935-1948; Matron's records, 1929-1950; Medical Officer's records, 1942-1951; treatment book, 1940-1948; nurses' day and night report books, 1946-1949; copy letter books, 1945-1948; statements of wages, 1947-1949; shop books, 1948-1950; and miscellaneous records, 1933-1950.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by type of record and date.

Conditions governing access: Restrictions on access to records of living individuals. Certain records have a closure date: Admission and discharge book, 1953-1962, is not available until 2013; Register of inmates, 1949-1957 is not available until 2008; Register of births, 1870-1930, is not available until 2006; Register of births, 1930-1948 is not available until 2024; Duplicate notice of birth book, 1944-1946, not available until 2022; Medical Officer's records of examination of inmates not available until 2027; Treatment book, 1940-1948, not available until 2024.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Anglesey County Record Office/Archifdy Ynys Môn have been appraised for retention.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Some of the volumes in the fonds were used continuously from the period of the Holyhead Union, through the time of the Public Assistance Institution, 1929-1948, and in the period following its abolition.

Immediate source of acquisition: Penrhos Stanley Hospital, Holyhead.


Related material: Further records are in Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, WG/2.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Includes material from Holyhead Poor Law Union and Valley Hospital.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Catalogue of Anglesey Public Assistance Committee Records; The History of Poor Law Unions (, viewed 27 June 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2003; Amended January 2008

Anglesey (Wales). | County Council. | Public Assistance Committee | Archives
Poor laws | Wales | Anglesey | Administration
Public welfare | Wales | Anglesey

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Valley Hospital

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