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Powys County Archives Office
Builth Wells Urban District Council, records

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

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Builth Wells Urban District Council Records

Short Title: Builth Wells Urban District Council, records

Creation date(s): 1875-1974 (accumulated 1894-1974)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.48 cubic metres (24 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Builth Wells Urban District Council; Builth Conservative Association


Administrative/Biographical history: Builth Wells Urban District Council (UDC), Brecknockshire, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The Council comprised councillors and a chairman, who originally took over responsibility for local sanitation from the local sanitary authorities. The Council's responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. From 1925 it also became a rating authority. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor, Rating Officer and Sanitary Inspector. Builth Wells UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation and was absorbed into Brecknock Borough Council. Builth Conservative Association was active in the 1870s, and some of its records were incorporated in those of the Council.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Builth Wells Urban District Council, 1897-1974, including minutes, 1897-1974; photocopies of medieval charters, [20th century]; financial records, 1935-1956; rating and valuation records, 1928-1955; register of new dwellings, 1948-1967; dwelling house inspection records, 1912-1928; and Builth Conservative Association minutes, 1875-1880.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk; Treasurer; Rating Officer; Housing Officer; Public Health Inspector; and Builth Conservative Association.

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:

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


Related material: Further records are in Powys County Archives Service, B/C/P.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The collection includes records of Builth Conservative Association pre-dating the creation of the Council.

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 Wells Urban 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); Powys County Archives Office website (, viewed 8 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

Builth Wells (Wales) | Politics and government
Builth Wells (Wales). | Urban District Council | Archives
Local government | Wales | Builth Wells

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Builth Wells (Wales) | Urban District Council

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