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Flintshire Record Office
Public Assistance Committee, records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 PA

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Flintshire Public Assistance Records

Short Title: Public Assistance Committee, records

Creation date(s): 1926-1950

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 317 items

Name of creator(s): Flintshire County Council, Public Assistance Committee


Administrative/Biographical history: The Boards of Guardians for the Poor Law Unions, established after the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, also had other duties, including registration of births, marriages and deaths, vaccinations, assessments of rates, sanitation, school attendance and infant life protection. From 1930, the roles of the Boards of Guardians were finally removed under the Local Government Act 1929, when powers were transferred to County and County Borough Councils. Poor Law functions were administered through Public Assistance Committees and Area Guardian Committees, each responsible for a number of unions and workhouses. Flintshire County Council's Public Assistance Committee took over the Hawarden, Holywell, St Asaph and Overton Unions, organised into four Relief Areas, subdivided into Districts; Overton Relief Area also covered the Hanmer District of Ellesmere (Shropshire) Poor Law Union. These responsibilities were removed following the creation of the National Health Service and other welfare provisions in 1948.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Flintshire Public Assistance Committee and relief areas, 1926-1950, including general ledgers, 1937-1949; accounts of maintenance of boarded-out children, 1930-1948; registers of settlement cases, 1938-1950; indoor relief lists, 1931-1944; miscellaneous, 1931-1940; records of the relief areas, including Hawarden, 1926-1948; Holywell, 1930-1950; St Asaph, 1930-1949; and Overton and Ellesmere (Hanmer District) relief areas, 1927-1948.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Public Assistance general records (PA/E); Hawarden Relief Area records (PA/A); Holywell Relief Area records (PA/B); St Asaph Relief Area records (PA/C); and Overton and Ellesmere Relief Area Records (PA/D).

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

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Schedule of Public Assistance Records; GENUKI (UK and Ireland genealogy) website (, viewed 12 January 2004; The Workhouse website (, viewed 12 January 2004; Rossbret Poor Law Unions Website (, viewed 12 January 2004.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Flintshire (Wales). | County Council. | Public Assistance Committee | Archives
Public welfare | Wales | Flintshire

Personal names

Corporate names
Flintshire (Wales) | County Council. | Public Assistance Committee
Flintshire (Wales) | County Council. | Public Assistance Committee. | Hanmer District
Hawarden (Wales) | Public Assistance Relief Area
Holywell (Wales) | Public Assistance Relief Area
Overton (Wrexham, Wales) | Public Assistance Relief Area
St Asaph (Wales). | Public Assistance Relief Area

Flintshire (Wales)

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