Ogwen Rural District Council Records

Scope and Content

Records of Ogwen Rural District Council, 1894-1974, including minutes and agendas, 18954-1974; correspondence and reports, 1895-1936; byelaws and regulations, 1905-1957; various registers, 1933-1973; files relating to sewage schemes, 1934-1971, water schemes, 1949-1957, and public transport, [1959]-1974; highways accounts, 1927-1928; housing records, 1927-1973; sale catalogues relating to the Penrhyn estate, 1925-1948; financial records, 1894-1970, including rating records, 1914-1966; Sanitary Inspector's records, 1894-1957; and minutes and other records of Beaumaris Port Health Authority, 1935-1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ogwen Rural District Council (RDC), Caernarfonshire, was created under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 and comprised the parishes of Aber, Llandygái, Llanllechid and Pentir. 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 grew to include 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, Public Health Inspector, Housing Officer, Surveyor and Rating Officer. Ogwen Rural District Council was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation, being absorbed into Arfon District Council. Beaumaris Port Health Authority held its meetings in the Council's offices.


Arranged into the following: Clerk's department; and Sanitary Inspector.

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No restrictions


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Ogwen Rural District Council Records, 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).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


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