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Powys County Archives Office
Elan Valley Waterworks, records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/DX/47

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Deposit by Bryan Lawrence (Elan Valley Waterworks)

Short Title: Elan Valley Waterworks, records

Creation date(s): 1885-1967

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (104 items)

Name of creator(s): Birmingham Corporation, Elan Valley Works


Administrative/Biographical history: The Elan Valley dams to the east of Rhayader, Radnorshire, were built between 1893 and 1906 by the Birmingham Corporaton in order to supply water to the growing city of Birmingham. The system comprised a series of four dams and reservoirs on the Elan River and a 73 mile aqueduct to transport the water to Birmingham. The scheme employed several thousand construction workers, accommodated in the purpose built Elan Village which included an accident hospital and other facilities. The scheme was officially opened in July 1904 by King Edward VII.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to the Birmingham Corporaton's waterworks in the Elan Valley, 1885-1967, including letters of application and testimonials regarding employment at the Elan Valley Works, 1885-1904, papers relating to accidents and injuries, 1895-1899, and lists of employees working in Elan Valley, 1964-1967; civil registration records and vaccination registers for the Sub-District of Rhayader, Radnorshire, 1898-1944.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Elan Valley Works; civil registration records; miscellaneous items.

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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Bryan Lawrence, [2000].



Note: Original title supplied from name of depositor

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, Deposit by Bryan Lawrence (R/D/X/47), catalogue; Powys Digital History Project website (, viewed 18 April 2005.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2005

Birmingham (England : Corporation) | Archives
Registers of births, etc. | Wales | Rhayader
Reservoirs | Wales | Powys

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Birmingham (England : Corporation)

Birmingham (England)
Elan Valley (Wales)
Rhayader (Wales : town)

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