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Glamorgan Archives
Aberdare Local Board of Health

Reference code(s): GB 0214 LBA

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Aberdare Local Board of Health

Short Title: Aberdare Local Board of Health

Creation date(s): 1854-1901

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.38 cubic metres (40 vols & 1 box)

Name of creator(s): Aberdare Local Board of Health; Aberdare Urban District Council


Administrative/Biographical history: The Aberdare Local Board of Health, Glamorgan, was set up in 1854 covering the parish of Aberdare (except parts of the hamlet of Cefnpennar), and included Hirwaun, Llwydcoed, Aberaman, Cwmaman, Cwmdare and Cwmbach, as well as the town of Aberdare itself. The Local Board of Health was superceded, in January 1895, by Aberdare Urban District Council. The minute books of Board committees and the journal of the inspector of canal boats, continued to be used by the new Urban District Council, until 1900 and 1901 respectively. The Board's area lacked comprehensive sanitation and running water until the late nineteeth century. Piped water supply was provided through construction of Bwllfa reservoir and Nant-hir reservoir, at Llwydcoed.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Aberdare Local Board of Health, 1854-1901, consisting of: minutes, 1854-1894; committee minutes, 1866-1900 (including committee minutes for Aberdare Urban District Council, 1895-1900); ledgers, 1875-1878; letter books, 1866-1894; waterworks company balance sheets, 1858-1872; and the journal used by the Inspector of Canal Boats, 1890-1901.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to year and type.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good to fair condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catallogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: These records were inherited by the Aberdare Urban District Council in 1895.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Aberdare Urban District Council in 1947; a further deposit was made by Cynon Valley Borough Council in 1974.


Related material: Related material in the Glamorgan Record Office: BUBA, Records of Aberdare Burial Board; UDAB, Records of Aberdare Urban District Council; DX444/1, Aberdare Local Board, Byelaws with respect to nuisances, 1894. Associated material held in other repositories: records relating to individual local boards of health can be found among the records of the General Board of Health (1848-1858), the Local Government Act Office (1858-1871), and the Local Government Board (1871-1894) held at the Public Record Office in London.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some records of the successor UDC are included where a journal remained in use after the abolition of the Board.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue of records for Aberdare Local Board of Health; Riden, Philip, Records Sources for Local History, (London, 1987); Stephens, W. B., Sources for English Local History, (Cambridge, 1981).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2003

Aberdare (Wales). | Local Board of Health | Records and correspondence

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Aberdare (Wales) | Local Board of Health
Aberdare (Wales) | Urban District Council

Aberdare (Wales)

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