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Flintshire Record Office
St Asaph Poor Law Union records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 G/C

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: St. Asaph Union Records

Short Title: St Asaph Poor Law Union records

Creation date(s): 1837-1944

Level of description: Sub-fonds

Extent: 382 items

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


Administrative/Biographical history: St Asaph Poor Law Union was formed in 1837 and an elected Board of Guardians oversaw its operation. St Asaph Union comprised the parishes of Abergele, Betws-yn-Rhos, Denbigh, Henllan, Llanddulas, Llanfair Talhaiarn, Llanefydd, Llansannan, and St George, in Denbighshire, and Bodfari, Cwm, Dyserth, Tremeirchion, Meliden with Prestatyn, Rhuddlan and Rhyl, and St Asaph, in Flintshire. The Union built a workhouse at St Asaph.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to St Asaph Union, 1837-1947, including Clerk's records, 1837-1930; Treasurer's records, 1922-1930; Workhouse Master records, 1840-1947; Relieving Officer's records, 1919-1930; Collector's records, 1900-1931; and non-Poor Law duties records, 1863-1934.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

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.

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; G/A , G/B, Hawarden and Holywell Poor Law Union Records; and H, Hospital Records.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records continued to be used after 1930 due to the continuity of administration. Therefore they post-date the existence of the Union and the transfer of activities to Flintshire County Council Public Assistance Committee.

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 St Asaph Union; The Workhouse website (, viewed 9 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

Poor laws | Wales | St Asaph (poor law union) | Administration
St Asaph Poor Law Union | Records and correspondence

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St Asaph Poor Law Union

St Asaph (Wales : poor law union)

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