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Flintshire Record Office
Hawarden Poor Law Union, records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 G/A

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Hawarden Union Records

Short Title: Hawarden Poor Law Union, records

Creation date(s): 1857-1948

Level of description: Sub-fonds

Extent: 510 items

Name of creator(s): Board of Guardians, Hawarden Poor Law Union


Administrative/Biographical history: In 1837, Great Boughton Poor Law Union was formed from 98 parishes in Cheshire and three in Flintshire, including Hawarden. In 1853, Hawarden Poor Law Union was formed; it included parishes in Flintshire and Cheshire; in 1871, those from Cheshire were removed from the Union. The workhouse was located in Broughton, Hawarden. The Board of Guardians was elected by local landowners and rate-payers. Other duties were laid upon the Guardians, such as birth, deaths and marriages registration, vaccination, sanitation and infant life protection. The Union was abolished in 1930, and its responsibilities were taken over by Flintshire County Council's Public Assistance Committee.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to the Hawarden Union, 1857-1948, including records of the Clerk to the Guardians, 1857-1930; records of the treasurer, 1924-1930; records of the workhouse master, 1914-1932; records of the relieving officer, 1894-1939; records of the collector of the Guardians, 1924-1925; and records relating to non-Poor Law duties revolving upon Boards of Guardians, 1862-1948.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk to the Guardians; Treasurer; Workhouse Master; Relieving Officer; Collector of the Guardians; and non-Poor Law duties revolving upon Boards of Guardians.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Flintshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: The records have been preserved in their entirety, with the exception of a few ephemeral classes, and rate books later than 1914. These have been 'weeded' to leave only those for the years 1916, 1921 and 1926.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Related material is Flintshire Record Office, PA, Public Assistance Committee records; G/B, G/C, Holywell and St.Asaph Poor Law Unions; and H (Hospital) records.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records continue after 1930, and a small number of Public Assistance records begin before that date.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of the description: Flintshire Record Office, Catalogue of Hawarden Union; The Workhouse website (, viewed 9 January 2004; Evans, D. Gareth, A History of Wales, 1815-1906 (Cardiff 1989); GENUKI website (, viewed 9 January 2004; Veysey, A.G., Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Flintshire County Council, 1974).

Rules or conventions: The classification initially adopted for these records is that laid down in the 'Handlist of the Records of Boards of Guardians in the County of Somerset', Somerset County Council, 1949. This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Hawarden Poor Law Union | Records and correspondence
Poor laws | Wales | Flintshire | Administration

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Hawarden Poor Law Union

Flintshire (Wales)

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