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Powys County Archives Office
Builth and Colwyn Rural District Councils, records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 B/RD/BU

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Builth Rural District Council Records

Short Title: Builth and Colwyn Rural District Councils, records

Creation date(s): 1902-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 21 items - part of a box

Name of creator(s): Builth Rural District Council


Administrative/Biographical history: Builth Rural District Council, Brecknockshire, was created under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 and comprised the parishes of Allt-mawr, Crucadarn, Gwarafog, Gwenddwr, Llanafan Fawr, Llanddewi Abergwesyn, Llanddewi'r Cwm, Llanfihangel Abergwesyn, Llanfihangel Bryn Pabuan, Llanganten, Llangynog, Llanllywenfel, Llanwrtyd Without, Llanwrthwl, Llysdinam, Maesmynys, Penbuallt, Rhosferig and Treflys. The Council comprised councillors and a chairman and originally took over responsibility for local sanitation from the local sanitary authorities. The Council's responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, maintaining local roads, cemeteries and parks, licensing of public entertainments, water supply and housing. The Council became a rating authority in 1925. Rural District Councils were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Public Health Inspector, Housing Officer, Surveyor and Rating Officer. Builth Rural District Council was abolished in 1974, following local government reorganisation and its functions were assumed by the District Council, Brecknock Borough Council. Colwyn Rural District Council, Radnorshire, had a similar history. Builth Urban District Council and Llanwrytd Urban District Council, established in 1894, administered parts of their respective parishes. For valuation and rating purposes, these Councils were grouped with Builth Rural District Council.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Builth Rural District Council, 1902-1974, comprising minutes, 1902-1974; financial records, 1924-1951; rating and valuation records (including Colwyn Rural District Council and Builth and Llanwrtyd Urban District Councils), 1927-1969; and register of water samples, 1953-1963.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk; Treasurer; Rating Officer; Public Health Inspector.

Conditions governing access: Powys Archive Office restrictions, relating to data protection, apply

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers were transferred to Brecknock Borough Council.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Brecknock Borough Council, 1989, 1990.


Related material: Planning files relating to the Council are in Powys County Archives Service, BC/P.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Builth Rural District council, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David,Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969); Powys County Archives Office website (, viewed 7 February 2005.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2005

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