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Ceredigion Archives
Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, Cardigan Union, Records

Reference code(s): GB 0212 CBG, CBG/CD (Cardigan)

Held at: Ceredigion Archives

Title: Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, Cardigan Union, Records

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

Creation date(s): 1837-1937

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

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


Administrative/Biographical history: The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act creating a system of Poor Law Unions, groups of parishes sharing responsibility for providing workhouses. The Cardigan Union was formed in 1837, covering 26 parishes in Cardiganshire and Pembrokshire. It consutructed a workhouse (from 1931, St Dogmael's Public Assistance Institution) at Albro Castle, St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire. The contributing parishes were: in Cardiganshire, Aberporth, Blaenporth, Llandygwyd, Llangoedmore, Llechryd, Mount, St Mary's in the Borough of Cardigan, Tremaine, and Verwick; and in Pembrokeshire, Bayvil, Bridell, Cilgerran, Dinas, Eglwyscrw, Llanfair Nant gwyn, Llanfihangel Penbedw, Llantwyd, Llanychlwydog, Maenordewi, Melinau, Molygrove or Trewyddel, Monnington or Eglwys Wythiel, Nevern, Newport, St Dogmaels and Whitchurch or Eglwyswen. In 1935, the responsibilities of the Union were transferred to the County Councils.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Board of Guardians, including minute books, 1837-1884; letter books, 1840-1868; parochial and general ledgers, 1842-1889; articles of apprenticeship of poor children, 1852-1899; contracts for land at poor rates, 1851-1857; and records of the Public Assistance Institution, including letter books, 1913-1935; postcard books, 1927-1935; files of correspondence, 1932-1934; admission and discharge books, 1857-1935; master's report books, 1907-1935; master's day books, 1909-1929; relief lists, 1861-1932; medical officer's report books, 1901-1935; registers of births and deaths, 1887-1935; visitors' books, 1895-1935; provisions consumption account books, 1912-1935; and miscellaneous printed books.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute books; letter books; general ledgers; parochial ledgers; master's journals; master's report books; master's day books; admission and discharge books; provisions accounts; miscellaneous records relating to the medical officers; records relating to lunatics; register of mechanical restraint; barber's books; visitors books; religious creed registers; necessaries and miscellaneous accounts; rough store books; clothing material accounts; garden and pig accounts; inventory books; in-door relief lists; out-door relief lists; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply. (Medical Officer's examination of inmates not to be produced; Medical Officer's examination of children not to be produced; register of lunatics 1900-1903 not to be produced until 2003; lunatics in workhouse (medical certificates) not to be produced; register of mechanical restraint 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.

Immediate source of acquisition: Not known


Related material: Further papers are Ceredigion Archives, CDM/SE/5; and further records relating to Cardigan Union are to be found among the records of Cardigan Borough, at present being relisted. 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, Cardigan Union Records, The Workhouse website (, viewed 3 November 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003

Cardigan Poor Law Union | Archives
Mental health | Wales | Cardigan
Poor laws | Wales | Cardigan

Personal names

Corporate names
Cardigan Poor Law Union
St Dogmaels Public Assistance Institution

Cardigan (Wales)
St Dogmaels (Wales)

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