Cardigan Poor Law Union Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Cardigan Poor Law Union, 1840-1948, including minute books, 1927-1948; letter books, 1932-1935; inventory books, ledgers and accounts, 1901-1932; and photographs and miscellaneous papers, 1840-1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cardigan Poor Law Union was formed in 1837 and its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians representing its 26 constituent parishes, in Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire. Under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, parishes formed unions; each union supported a workhouse, that for the Cardigan Union being built at St Dogmaels, near Cardigan. The Poor Law Unions were administered by Boards of Guardians and (latterly) After the Local Government Act 1929, the union was abolished and its duties transferred to the Guardians Committee of the Public Assistance Committee of Carmarthenshire County Council (later Welfare Committee).


Arranged into the following: minute books; letter books; inventory books; ledgers and accounts; and photographs and miscellaneous.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by D.S. Smith, Clerk to the Cemaes R.D.C. and by the County Council Welfare Committee, in 1969.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Cardigan Poor Law Union, catalogue; Oxford University website (, viewed 13 May 2005.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and at NLW.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are Ceredigion Archives, GB 0212 UNNEMS.

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