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Powys County Archives Office
Knighton Parish overseers of the poor, records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/DX/23

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Knighton Parish Records

Short Title: Knighton Parish overseers of the poor, records

Creation date(s): 1666-1831

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (61 items)

Name of creator(s): Knighton Parish


Administrative/Biographical history: Until 1894 civil administration at the parish level was supervised through the vestry meetings. The parish was administered by a number of officials including an overseer of the poor. The overseer had responsibility for administering the Poor Law and his duties included giving out poor relief, assessing the entitlement of individuals to settle in the parish and arranging the removal of undesirables to their own parish. The overseer also collected the poor rates to fund his work. This system was superseded by the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to Knighton Parish, 1666-1831, including accounts of the Churchwardens and overseers of the poor 1666-1683; overseers' disbursements, 1741-1746; bastardy bonds, 1750-1760; settlement certificates, 1743-1783; removal orders, 1723-1831.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: accounts; disbursements; bastardy bonds; settlement certificates; removal orders; miscellaneous.

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: No information found


Related material: Further records are in National Library of Wales, NLW Minor Deposits 621B.


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, Miscellaneous Deposits, Knighton Parish Records, catalogue; The Workhouse website (, viewed 25 April 2005; Hey, David, The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Powys County Archives Service website (, viewed 25 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

Knighton (Wales) | Archives
Parishes (Local government) | Wales | Powys
Poor laws | Wales | Powys | Administration

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