Gyffin Parish Account Book

Scope and Content

An account book of the overseers of the parish of Gyffin, Caernarfonshire from 1825-1873 which includes tables of disbursements and payments, details of levying of assessments, collections of arrears and incidences of litigation. Also, vestry resolutions for 1839 and further accounts which touch upon cases of migration and settlement.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gyffin parish vestry in Caernarfonshire was an important instrument of local government in the nineteenth century, particularly the specially chosen group of parishioners known as the select vestry. This group, which managed parish affairs, had responsibility for ecclesiastical matters and for certain areas of civil government which included dealing with the poor of the parish, law and order issues, public health, highways and education. Vestry powers included collection and allocation of rates and appointment of parish officials such as overseers of the poor, constables, surveyors of highways and churchwardens.

The overseers of the poor were appointed annually and expected to perform various administrative duties mainly connected with the relief of the poor.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Open to all users.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Simpson, March 2004.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 403

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

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