In rural areas, highway boards were established under powers granted by the General Highway Act 1835 and the Highways Act 1862 which gave the powers to the justices in Quarter Sessions to make orders constituting Highway Districts. There was a board consisting of the waywardens for each elected by every parish and the local justices. Officials were appointed with a surveyor. These were responsible for the highway repairs in their district. The responsibility for the upkeep of roads to themselves from parish vestries was transferred. After 1878 highway boards were taken over by rural sanitary authorities. The Local Government Act 1894 abolished Highway Districts. The six boards covering Denbigshire were: Abergele Highway Board; Cerrigydrudion/ Corwen Highway Board; Llangollen Highway Board; Llanrwst Highway Board; Ruthin Highway Board; and Wrexham Highway Board.
Scope and content: Records of Denbighshire Highway Boards and successors, 1863-1903, including Abergele Board, 1888-1895; Cerrigydrudion/ Corwen Board, 1882-1894; Llangollen Board, 1863-1903; Llanrwst Board, 1863-1898; Ruthin Board, 1881-1887; and Wrexham Board, 1863-1896.