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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Cardigan Poor Law Union, records

Reference code(s): GB 0213 SPU/CA

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Cardigan Poor Law Union Records

Short Title: Cardigan Poor Law Union, records

Creation date(s): 1840-1948

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Cardigan Poor Law Union; Carmarthenshire County Council, Public Assistance Committee


Administrative/Biographical history: Cardigan Poor Law Union was formed in 1837 and its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians representing its 26 constituent parishes, in Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire. Under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, parishes formed unions; each union supported a workhouse, that for the Cardigan Union being built at St Dogmaels, near Cardigan. The Poor Law Unions were administered by Boards of Guardians and (latterly) After the Local Government Act 1929, the union was abolished and its duties transferred to the Guardians Committee of the Public Assistance Committee of Carmarthenshire County Council (later Welfare Committee).


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Cardigan Poor Law Union, 1840-1948, including minute books, 1927-1948; letter books, 1932-1935; inventory books, ledgers and accounts, 1901-1932; and photographs and miscellaneous papers, 1840-1937.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute books; letter books; inventory books; ledgers and accounts; and photographs and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and at NLW.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by D.S. Smith, Clerk to the Cemaes R.D.C. and by the County Council Welfare Committee, in 1969.


Related material: Further records are Ceredigion Archives, GB 0212 UNNEMS.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some records post-date the existence of the Cardigan Poor Law Union.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Cardigan Poor Law Union, catalogue; Oxford University website (, viewed 13 May 2005.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005

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

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Cardigan Poor Law Union
Carmarthenshire (Wales) | County Council. | Public Assistance Committee

Cardigan (Wales)

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