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Powys County Archives Office
Montgomery Borough, records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/B/MO

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Borough Records of Montgomery

Short Title: Montgomery Borough, records

Creation date(s): 1486-1885 (predominately 1633-1885)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (147 items)

Name of creator(s): Montgomery Borough


Administrative/Biographical history: The border town of Montgomery grew up under the shadow of Montgomery Castle, established in 1223 by Henry III. The town was granted borough status by a Royal Charter of 1227. Montgomery became the county town of the newly-created Montgomeryshire in 1536. It was governed by a Corporation, headed by two Capital Bailiffs known as the High Bailiff and the Low Bailiff, who presided over the Borough's Court of Record. The borough's rights were confirmed over the years by various Inspeximus Charters. The Old Corporation was abolished under the Municipal Corporations Act 1885, and was replaced with an elected Mayor and council, under a new Charter of Incorporation in 1885.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Montgomery Borough, 1486-1885, including borough charters, 1486-1885; court books, 1633-1877; draft minute books, 1791-1837; transcripts of charters and other records, [c. 1802]; Corporation accounts, 1808-1885; court files, 1647-1709; miscellaneous papers, including abstracts of ministers' accounts, transcripts of charters and letters, 1531-1826; indentures of the return of burgesses of Parliament for the borough of Montgomery, 1601-1802; and papers relating to Montgomery borough property, 1794-1824, including lists of burgesses and accounts.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: borough charters; court books and files; miscellaneous papers; parchment indentures; borough property.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

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: Deposited at the National Library of Wales, [c. 1936].

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred from the National Library of Wales.


Related material: Records of the post-1885 Borough Council are in Powys County Archives Service, M/DC.


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, Schedule of the Borough Records of Montgomery; The Old Bell Museum website (, viewed 14 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

Boroughs | Wales | Powys
Local government | Wales | Montgomery
Montgomery Manor, Borough and Lordship (Wales). | Archives
Municipal charters | Wales | Montgomery

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Montgomery Manor, Borough and Lordship (Wales)

Montgomery (Wales)

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