Pontypool Urban District Council Records

Scope and Content

Records relating to Pontypool Urban District Council, 1895-1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

Pontypool Urban District Council (UDC), Monmouthshire, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. It was enlarged on 1 April 1935 by amalgamation with Abersychan and Panteg urban districts and comprised the parishes of Abersychan, Pant-teg and Pontypool. The Council comprised a number of councillors and a chairman. Its responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector. Pontypool UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation and its functions were assumed by the new Borough of Torfaen.


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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Pontypool Urban District Council, catalogue; 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); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969); A Vision of Britain website (www.visionofbritain.org.uk), viewed 19 September 2005; Civic Heraldry of England & Wales website (www.civicheraldry.co.uk), viewed 19 September 2005.

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Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office.

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Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are Gwent Record Office, D3874. Records of Abersychan and Panteg UDCs are Gwent Record Office, A431 and A432.

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