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Flintshire Record Office
Prestatyn Urban District Council, records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 UD/E

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Prestatyn Urban District Council Records

Short Title: Prestatyn Urban District Council, records

Creation date(s): 1881-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 577 items

Name of creator(s): Prestatyn Urban District Council


Administrative/Biographical history: Prestatyn Urban District Council (UDC), Flintshire, was established in 1896 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The Council comprised councillors and a chairman, elected for three years. UDCs originally took over responsibility for local sanitation from the local sanitary authorities and their responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor, Rating Officer and Sanitary Inspector. Prestatyn UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation, being absorbed into Rhuddlan Borough Council. Prestatyn was formerly part of the parish of Meliden. In 1934, the parish of Meliden was added to the Urban District along with part of the parish of Llanasa.


Scope and content/abstract: Prestatyn Urban District Council, Clerk's department records, 1881-1974, including manuscript and printed council and committee minutes, 1897-1962, and files relating to subjects including events, civil defence, coast protection, the fire service, health, housing, leases, local government reorganisation, recreation, the Second World War and sewerage, 1881-1974; Treasurer's department records, 1900-1968, including various ledgers, 1900-1959, financial statements, 1933-1956, receipt and payment books, 1939-1955, wages account books, 1908-1948, lists of accounts submitted to committees, 1937-1962, registers, 1900-1973, and monthly salary accounts, 1912-1944; Surveyor's records, [1890s]-1974 including building control plans and registers, [1890s]-1953, other plans, [early 20th century]-[1960s], annual reports, 1920-1947, and correspondence files, 1936-1974; Rating Officer's records, 1897-1960, including rate books, 1897-1960, and valuation lists, 1933-1949; Medical Officer's annual report, 1972; Sanitary inspector's diaries, 1947-1954; and records relating to Meliden Parish Council, 1905-1934.


Language/scripts of material: English, a few items in Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk; Surveyor; annual reports; Treasurer; rating; Meliden Parish Council; plans; Meliden Parish Council; Sanitary Inspector's diaries; brochure; Clerk's files; Medical Officer; Engineer and Surveyor; and registers.

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: Copyright Flintshire County Council. Usual Copyright Restrictions Apply.

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


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Clerk to Prestatyn Urban District Council, 1964; the borough Treasurer, Rhuddlan Borough Council, 1977, 1978, 1988; the Borough Surveyor, Rhuddlan Borough Council, 1977, 1985; the Borough Secretary, Rhuddlan Borough Council, 1980, 1986; Dr G. A. Hughes, 1981; and the Borough Engineer and Surveyor, Rhuddlan Borough Council, 1992.


Related material: Further records are in Denbighshire Record Office, UDD/F.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes some earlier material accumulated by Prestatyn UDC. THOUGH ALL ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE, MUCH OF THIS COLLECTION NEEDS TO FINALISED AS ITS FINDING NUMBERS ARE STILL IN ACCESSION NUMBER FORMAT.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Prestatyn Urban District Council, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Virtual Prestatyn website, 'Prestatyn between 1896 and 1974' (, viewed 14 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

Prestatyn (Wales) | Politics and government
Prestatyn (Wales). | Urban District Council | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names
Meliden (Wales) | Parish Council
Prestatyn (Wales) | Urban District Council

Meliden (Wales)
Prestatyn (Wales)

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