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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Haverfordwest Poor Law Union, records

Reference code(s): GB 0213 SPU/HA

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Haverfordwest Poor Law Union Records

Short Title: Haverfordwest Poor Law Union, records

Creation date(s): 1837-1948

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Haverfordwest Poor Law Union; Pembrokeshire County Council. Public Assistance Committee


Administrative/Biographical history: Under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, parishes formed unions; each union supported a workhouse. The Poor Law union were administered by Boards of Guardians and (latterly) the Guardians Committee of the Public Assistance Committee of Pembrokeshire County Council. The Board of Guardians were elected by local landowners and rate-payers. Haverfordwest Poor Law Union was formed in 1837, with 63 constituent parishes in Pembrokeshire; its workhouse was built 1837-1839 in Haverfordwest. After the Local Government Act 1929, unions were abolished and their duties transferred to County Councils.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Haverfordwest Poor Law Union, Pembrokeshire, 1837-1948, comprising minute books, 1837-1948; workhouse admission and discharge books, 1882-1950; workhouse register of births and deaths, 1866-1949; register of inmates, 1920-1948; indoor relief list, 1942-1949; inmates examination books, 1932-1947; medical officers' report books, 1930-1947; masters journal, 1936-1947; workhouse records, 1872-1948; plans, [c. 1837]-1882; financial records, 1836-1934; abstract of outdoor relief lists, 1919-1930; registers - other than workhouse, 1889-1930; letter books, 1876-1878; correspondence files, [c. 1900]-[c. 1930]; and miscellaneous papers, 1836-1931.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute books; admission and discharge books; register of births, and deaths; register of inmates; indoor relief list; inmates examination books, medical officers report books; masters journal; workhouse records; plans; financial records; abstract of outdoor relief lists; registers - other than workhouse; letter books; correspondence files; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Closure of 100 years for any records containing medical and personal details.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

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


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Records of the Haverfordwest Union were transferred to Pembrokeshire County Council, and then from the Welfare Department and County Architect to Modern Records.

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred from Modern Records in 1980.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some records post-date the existence of the Haverfordwest 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, Haverfordwest 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

Haverfordwest Poor Law Union | Archives
Pembrokeshire (Wales). | County Council. | Public Assistance Committee | Archives
Poor laws | Wales | Haverfordwest
Public welfare | Wales | Pembrokeshire

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Haverfordwest Poor Law Union
Pembrokeshire (Wales) | County Council. Public Assistance Committee

Haverfordwest (Wales)

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