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Conwy Archive Service
Conway Borough and Conwy Urban District Council records

Reference code(s): GB 2008 COB2

Held at: Conwy Archive Service

Title: Conway Borough and Conwy Urban District Council Records

Short Title: Conway Borough and Conwy Urban District Council records

Creation date(s): [mid 17th century]-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 3.5 cubic metres (70 boxes, 281 vols, 662 items)

Name of creator(s): Conway Borough Corporation; Conway Borough Council; [Conwy Urban District Council]


Administrative/Biographical history: The castle and town of Conway, Caernarfonshire, was founded in 1283 by Edward I. The Borough was granted charters by Edward III in 1331 and Elizabeth I in 1561. It was administered by a Corporation consisting of a mayor, aldermen and the borough's burgesses. In 1821 the Conway Bridge Commissioners oversaw the construction of the suspension bridge across the river and continued to administer it and raise tolls into the 20th century. In 1876, Conway adopted the provisions of the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, resulting in the old Corporation being replaced by a democratically-elected town council. In 1974 the Borough was abolished, and absorbed into the newly-formed Aberconwy District Council. Mr Albert Wood JP, Deputy Lieutenant, of Bodlendeb, Conway, North Wales, was active in the early 20th century as a benefactor and historian.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Conway Borough, [mid 17th century]-1974, including accounts and receipts, 1703-1826; minute books of general meetings, 1785-1877, and the finance committee, 1848-1877; Borough Council minutes, 1877-1974, and committee minutes, 1877-1974; letter books, 1878-1901; registers, 1877-1973; transcript reports, 1936-1937; account ledgers, 1785-1974; registers, 1880-1967; depositions at inquiries, 1913-1939; copies of historical material relating to Conwy, 1876-1877; records of the clerk's department, 1798-1972, including rent books and rolls, 1798-1879, rate books, 1892-1922, Private Parliamentary Bills, 1960-1965, abstracts of accounts, 1906-1972, plans, 1926-1966, and files on a variety of administrative matters; records of the Conwy Bridge Commissioners comprising title deeds, 1821-1949, letters, account books of tolls, minutes and other records, 1878-1959, legal papers, 1907-1911; printed records, [late 19th century]-1955; papers of Albert Wood relating to Conway Borough, 1738-1920, including declarations of admissions to offices, 1738-1783, letters and miscellaneous records.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Conway Borough records pre-1876; Conway Borough Council post-1876; Conway bridge commissioners; miscellaneous printed sources; papers of Albert Wood re Borough of Conway (vol. 1); Conwy Borough Council clerk's department (vol. 2); minute book; accounts; wages; poor rate; general and water rate; bridge; registers; report (Inspector of Nuisances); letter book; depositions (vol. 3).

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Conwy Archives Service and the National Library of Wales.

Language codes: eng


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred from Gwynedd Archive Service, 2000.


Related material: Further records are Conwy Archives Service, CD9, CMaps & Plans 23, and British Library, Manuscript Collections, Add MS 19714.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. No evidence has come to hand that Conwy was an Urban District Council.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Conwy Archives Service, Conwy Borough Records and Conwy Urban District Council (Additional); Dodd, A. H., A History of Caernarvonshire (Wrexham, 1990); Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London, 1949); Chester Infirmary website (, viewed 3 December 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2003

Boroughs | Wales | Conwy
Conwy (Wales) | Politics and government
Deeds | Wales | Conwy

Personal names
Wood , Albert , JP and historian of Conwy

Corporate names
Conway Bridge Commissioners
Conwy (Wales) | Borough
Conwy (Wales) | Borough Council

Conwy (Wales)

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