Monmouth District, later Borough, Council Records

Scope and Content

Records of Monmouth District, later Borough, Council, 1974-1996.

Administrative / Biographical History

Monmouth District Council came into existence on 1 April 1974 as one of the five districts of the new county of Gwent. It replaced the boroughs of Abergavenny and Monmouth, Chepstow and Usk urban districts, Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth rural districts and part of Pontypool rural district. The Council served a population of about 81,000 people. The Council comprised 40 elected councillors, including the Mayor. Their work was overseen by several committees, namely Housing Services, Development & Leisure Services, Environmental Health & Control, Finance & General Purposes, Planning, and Policy & Resources. The principal officers employed by the Council were the Chief Executive, Director of Administration & Legal Services, Director of Finance, Director of Housing & Environmental Services and the Director of Technical Services. Monmouth District Council subsequently changed its name to Monmouth Borough Council and was abolished in 1996. It was succeeded by Monmouthshire County Council, a unitary authority combining the functions of the Borough Council and Gwent County Council.


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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, Monmouth District, later Borough, Council, 1974-1996, catalogue; HTV Cymru/Wales, The Wales Yearbook (Cardiff, 1995); Civic Heraldry of England & Wales website (, viewed 26 September 2005; Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969).

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

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