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Flintshire Record Office
Holywell Poor Law Union records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 G/B

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Holywell Union Records

Short Title: Holywell Poor Law Union records

Creation date(s): 1837-1948

Level of description: Sub-fonds

Extent: 2410 items

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


Administrative/Biographical history: Under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, parishes formed unions to discharge their responsibilities for the poor and destitute. The Boards of Guardians were elected by local landowners and rate-payers. Holywell Poor Law Union was established in 1837, covering 14 constituent parishes: Caerwys, Cilcain, Flint, Gwaenysgor, Halkyn, Holywell, Llanasa, Mold, Nannerch, Nercwys, Newmarket, Northop, Whitford and Ysceifiog. The workhouse itself was erected, 1838-1840, In Holywell. In 1930, the Union's responsibilities were passed to Flintshire County Council's Public Assistance Committee.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Holywell Union, 1837-1948, including Clerk's records, 1837-1930; Out-Relief records, 1837-1948; Treasurer's records, 1837-1930; Workhouse Master records, 1840-1944; Relieving Officer's records, 1837-1929; District Medical Officer's records, 1837-1914; Collector's records, 1837-1935; and non-Poor Law duties, records, 1837-1944.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk to the Guardians; Out-Relief; Treasurer; Workhouse Master; Relieving Officer; District Medical Officer; Collector of the Guardians; and Non Poor-Law Duties devolving 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. Catalogue is searchable online at:


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/A, G/C, Hawarden and St. Asaph Poor Law Unions; and H (Hospital) records.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Due to the continuity of administration, some Guardians' records continued to be used after 1930.

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 Holywell Union Records; The Workhouse website (, viewed January 2004; Evans, D. Gareth, A History of Wales, 1815-1906 (Cardiff 1989); 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

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

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Holywell Poor Law Union

Holywell (Wales : poor law union)
Holywell (Wales)

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