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Powys County Archives Office
Hay Urban District Council, records

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

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Hay Urban District Council Records

Short Title: Hay Urban District Council, records

Creation date(s): 1867-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.52 cubic metres (26 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Hay Urban District Council


Administrative/Biographical history: Hay Urban District Council (UDC), Brecknockshire, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 and was coextensive with the town of Hay-on-Wye. 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, Public Health Inspector, Surveyor and Rating Officer. Hay UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation and was absorbed into Brecknock Borough Council.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Hay Urban District Council, 1867-1974, comprising Clerk's records, 1894-1974, including Council minutes, 1894-1974, attendance books, 1926-1972, committees minutes, 1914-1947, declarations on acceptance of office, 1894-1973; mortgages, agreements and leases, 1897-1940, and byelaws, 1907-1955; Burial Board records, 1867-1886; financial papers, 1896-1972; rating and valuation papers, 1910-1971; housing records, 1946-1970; Surveyor's papers, [1920s]; slaughterhouse register and licences, 1880-1929; and Hay Parish Meeting financial statements book, 1958-1967.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk; Burial Board; printed papers and miscellanea; Treasurer; Rating Officer; Housing Officer; Surveyor; Public Health Inspector; and other authorities.

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 J. G. Williams, 1984, and 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

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, Hay 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 9 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

Hay-on-Wye (Wales). | Urban District Council | Archives
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