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Ceredigion Archives
Aberystwyth Rural District Council Records

Reference code(s): GB 0212 ABR

Held at: Ceredigion Archives

Title: Aberystwyth Rural District Council Records

Short Title: Aberystwyth Rural District Council Records

Creation date(s): 1881-1975 (accumulated 1894-1975)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Aberystwyth Rural District Council


Administrative/Biographical history: Aberystwyth Rural District Council (RDC), Cardiganshire, was created under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The district comprised 28 civil parishes in northern Cardiganshire, in the vicinity of Aberystwyth. Some of the parishes were amalgamated in 1934, following the Local Government Act 1929. The council comprised councillors and a chairman, elected for three years. RDCs originally took over responsibility for local sanitation from the local sanitary authorities and their responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, maintaining local roads, cemeteries, parks, and licensing of public entertainments, water supply and later housing. RDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a clerk, treasurer, medical officer of health, surveyor and sanitary inspector. Aberystwyth RDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation, and was absorbed into Ceredigion District Council.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Clerk's Department, 1881-1975, including minutes of the council and committees, 1892-1974, councillors and officers' records, 1897-1972, burial records, 1948-1971, correspondence, 1881-1973, records relating to legal agreements, 1881-1974, byelaws, 1908-1954, licences, 1936-1972, and printed material, 1929-1975; records of the Treasurer's Department, 1890-1974, including abstracts of accounts, 1937-1971, financial statements, 1911-1964, ledgers, 1890-1939, account books, 1925-1974, valuation lists, 1911-1974, rate books and other rating records, 1919-1973, and Assessment Committee records, 1900-1950; Surveyor's Department records, 1895-1974, including diaries and reports, 1945-1961, planning records, 1948-1974, housing circulars, 1943-1949, maps and plans, 1927-1967, and correspondence files, 1945-1974; Rural Sanitary Inspectors and Medical Officers of Health records, 1915-1972, including journals and reports.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: health; surveyors department; council and committee minutes; agendas; officers and councillors; burial records; correspondence; legal agreements; byelaws; licences; clerk's miscellaneous; various financial records; valuation lists; rating records; treasurer's miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: ABR/SE/16/9 is not available for public inspection.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Ceredigion Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue

Language codes: eng


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Formerly listed as SRD 2/1-293, ABR/SE/2 and ABR/TR.

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred by the Director of Technical Services, Ceredigion District Council, 1975, 1976, by the Chief Executive, Ceredigion District Council, 1976, from the National Library of Wales, 1983, from Aberystwyth Library, 1983, and from Ceredigion District Council, 1985.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Includes some legal papers pre-dating the establishment of the Council.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Ceredigion Archives online catalogue (, Aberystwyth Rural District Council (ABR), viewed 4 November 2003; 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).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003

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