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Ceredigion Archives
Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, Aberystwyth Union, Records

Reference code(s): GB 0212 CBG, CBG/AB (Aberystwyth)

Held at: Ceredigion Archives

Title: Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, Aberystwyth Union, Records

Short Title: Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, Aberystwyth Union, Records

Creation date(s): 1869-1937

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Board of Guardians, Aberystwyth Union


Administrative/Biographical history: Aberystwyth Poor Law Union was formed in 1837, administered by a Board of Guardians representing the parishes of the Union. The Board of Guardians was abolished in 1930, and the workhouse became a Public Assistance institution, administered by Cardiganhsire County Council. The workhouse site is now occupied by Bronglais Hospital.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Board of Guardians, Aberystwyth Union, Cardiganshire, 1869-1937, including minute books, 1869-1930; letter books, 1885-1929; general ledgers, 1881-1930; parochial ledgers, 1876-1927; weekly returns, 1919-1930; master's reports, 1912-1936; relief order books, 1913-1931; officers's receipts and expenditure books, 1924-1937; consumption books, 1898-1929; financial statements, 1896-1929; treasurer's receipt and payment books, 1913-1930; collector's account books, 1895-1927; collector's receipt and payment books, 1901-1937; records relating to vaccination, 1853-1923; application and report books, 1923-1935; out-door relief lists, 1883-1936; valuation lists, 1882-1896; abstracts of accounts, 1874-1884; union letters, 1900-1930; legal papers, 1899-1904; and newspaper cuttings, 1903-1913.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute books; letter books; ledgers; weekly returns; master's reports and journals; master's report books; registers of tobacco and snuff; clothing receipt and expenditure book; relief order books; relieving officer's receipt and expenditure books; daily provision consumption books; provisions receipt and consumption books; necessaries and miscellaneous account; visitors' book; financial statements; collector's account books; collector's receipt and payment books; servants' wages book; admission and discharge book; attendance register; register of officers' appointments; petty cashbook; account of books; in-door relief lists; vaccination registers; vaccination report books; medical relief books; medical relief books; creed register; paupers' complaint book; registers of lunatics; lunatics' certificates; and additional.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply (check the medical relief books before production; The lunatics' forms are not to be produced).

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Ceredigion Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue

Language codes: eng


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: A series of Cardiganshire Boards of Guardians records was transferred to the Cardiganshire Record Office from the National Library Wales in 1984 as part of ACC.543. Aberystwyth Union ACC.544 was transferred from Aberystwyth Library 23 January 1986; a rate book for the parish of Aberystwyth, 1880, ACC.527, was transferred from Ceredigion District Council in October 1985.

Immediate source of acquisition: Information to be supplied


Related material: Further records are Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, Additional-Miscellaneous, CBG/PW.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of the description: Ceredigion Archives online catalogue (, Ceredigion Archives, Aberystwyth Union Records, The Workhouse website (, viewed 3 November 2003; Parish of Llangynfelin website (, viewed 6 November 2003; Lewis, W. J., Born on a Perilous Rock, Aberystwyth Past and Present (Aberystwyth, 1980).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003

Aberystwyth Poor Law Union. | Board of Guardians | Records and correspondence
Mental health | Wales | Aberystwyth
Poor laws | Wales | Aberystwyth

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