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Merioneth Constabulary records

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/H

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

Title: Merioneth Constabulary Records

Short Title: Merioneth Constabulary records

Creation date(s): 1858-1959

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Merioneth Constabulary


Administrative/Biographical history: The Merioneth Constabulary (or Merionethshire Constabulary) was formed in c.1857, to replace the existing parish constables in enforcing the law. The Constabulary was arranged into divisions, including Aberdovey, Bala, Barmouth, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Corris, Corwen, Dinas Mawddwy, Dolgellau, Dyffryn, Harlech, Llwyngwrill, Maentwrog, Pennal, Penrhyndeudraeth, Towyn and Trawsfynydd. Divisions maintained records including crime registers, summons books, registers of charges, accident books and visits books. In 1950, the Anglesey, Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire police forces were amalgamated under the Police Act 1946 to form the Gwynedd Constabulary.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Merioneth Constabulary, 1858-1959, including Police Constables' journals, 1861-1939; cell books, 1885-1959; general order books, 1880-1941; Petty Sessional registers, 1858-1943; occurrence books, 1883-1954; court registers, 1903-1945; registers of charges, 1875-1951; letter books, 1871-1921; crime books, 1924-1941; Chief Constable's records, 1870-1949; pay books, 1933-1948; and photographs, 1919-1933.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into divisions: Aberdovey; Abergynclwyn; Bala; Barmouth; Blaenau Ffestiniog; Corris; Corwen; Dinas Mawddwy; Dolgellau; Dyffryn; Maentwrog; Pennal; Penrhyndeudraeth; Towyn; Trawsfynydd; Merioneth Constabulary (Miscellaneous); Harlech; Llwyngwril

Conditions governing access: Records less than 50 years old cannot be consulted without the permission of the depositors.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Merioneth Constabulary Records, catalogue; UK Police History, (, viewed 20 October 2004.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004

Court records | Wales | Merioneth
Merioneth Constabulary (Police: Wales) | Archives
Police | Wales | Gwynedd
Police | Wales | Merioneth

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