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Flintshire Record Office
Flint Borough records

Reference code(s): GB 0208 B

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Flint Borough Records

Short Title: Flint Borough records

Creation date(s): 1610-1975

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 350 items

Name of creator(s): Flint Borough Council; Holywell Rural Parish Council; Flint Gaol; Flint Gas and Water Company.


Administrative/Biographical history: The town of Flint, Flintshire, was granted its first charter by Edward I in 1284. Until the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, the borough was governed by the constable of the council, who also served as mayor, with the aid of two bailiffs elected by the burgesses. These were then replaced by a Town Council consisting of 18 Councillors and 6 Aldermen. In 1888, the Borough Council becaome responsible for sanitation and health. The Borough was abolished during local government reorganisation in 1974, with Flint becoming part of Delyn Borough Council, Clwyd. The powers of Holywell Rural Parish Council passed to the Borough in 1934. The borough was involved in administering the Flint Cottage Hospital and Flint Public Library; it also accumulated the records of Flint Gaol and Flint Gas and Water Co.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Flint Borough Council, 1610-1975, including court leet minute book, 1783-1815; minutes and minute books of the council and committees, 1905-1974; Town Clerk's correspondence files, 1936-1963; miscellaneous office papers, 1887-1906; public works contracts and papers, 1885-1938; correspondence and papers, 1894-1944; legal papers, 1906-1926; financial records, 1829-1961, including general ledgers, 1935-1961, general rate books, 1936-1951, and rentals, 1829-1846; deeds, 1736-1965; declarations of acceptance of office, 1879-1946; roll of burgesses, 1835-1859; election indentures, 1818-1868; registers, 1949-1974; officers' reports, 1940-1970; copy documents, 1875, [2nd half 20th century]; photographs, [20th century]; records relating to Flint Gaol, 1750-1778; Flint Gas and Water Co. lease and mortgages, 1861-1929; Flint Cottage Hospital and Nursing Association minutes, 1921-1948; records relating to Holywell Rural Parish Council, 1871-1934, including minutes and accounts; and records relating to Flint Public Library, 1902-1967.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Flint Borough Council; and Holywell Rural Parish Council (1st group); minutes; and byelaws (2nd group); Flint Borough Council; and Holywell Rural Parish Council (3rd group); sealing instrument (4th group); additional records (5th group); officers' reports; copy documents; and miscellaneous (6th group); minute book (7th group); general district rate receipt; minutes; and miscellaneous (8th group); minute books (9th group); Flint Borough Council (10th group); office; election; and leases, and agreements, etc.; public works contracts and papers; sale particulars; correspondence and papers; bequest; legal; and miscellaneous (11th group); Holywell Rural Parish Council (12th group); Flint Borough Council (13th group); minutes (signed) (14th group); valuation list (15th group); and Flint (Borough) Public Library (16th group).

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 Restrictions Apply. Copyright Flintshire County Council, so copying will usually be possible.

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


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further records are in Flintshire Record Office, D/DM/340, Flint Borough Library MSS.

Publication note: Extracts from the Court Leet minute book (B/1) were printed in Henry Taylor, Historic Notices of Flint (London, 1883).


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

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project and amended by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Flint Borough Records, catalogue; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); Flint Borough Council, Flint: The Official Guide ([1966]).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2004, November 2010.

Deeds | Wales | Flint
Flint (Wales) | Politics and government
Flint (Wales). Borough Council | Records and correspondence
Flint Gaol | Archives
Holywell (Wales). | Parish Council | Records and correspondence
Libraries | Wales | Flint

Personal names

Corporate names
Flint (Wales) | Borough Council
Flint Borough Library
Flint Gaol
Flint Gas and Water Co.
Holywell (Wales) | Parish Council

Flint (Wales)
Holywell Rural (Wales : parish)

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