Scope and Content

Records of the Holywell Union, 1837-1948, including Clerk's records, 1837-1930; Out-Relief records, 1837-1948; Treasurer's records, 1837-1930; Workhouse Master records, 1840-1944; Relieving Officer's records, 1837-1929; District Medical Officer's records, 1837-1914; Collector's records, 1837-1935; and non-Poor Law duties, records, 1837-1944.

Administrative / Biographical History

Under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, parishes formed unions to discharge their responsibilities for the poor and destitute. The Boards of Guardians were elected by local landowners and rate-payers. Holywell Poor Law Union was established in 1837, covering 14 constituent parishes: Caerwys, Cilcain, Flint, Gwaenysgor, Halkyn, Holywell, Llanasa, Mold, Nannerch, Nercwys, Newmarket, Northop, Whitford and Ysceifiog. The workhouse itself was erected, 1838-1840, In Holywell. In 1930, the Union's responsibilities were passed to Flintshire County Council's Public Assistance Committee.


Arranged into the following: Clerk to the Guardians; Out-Relief; Treasurer; Workhouse Master; Relieving Officer; District Medical Officer; Collector of the Guardians; and Non Poor-Law Duties devolving upon Boards of Guardians.

Access Information

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Not known for all records, but later records have been deposited by Holywell UDC and RDC, Buckley UDC, Flint Borough Council, Borough Surveyor of Delyn Borough Council, and from private custody.


Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at the Flintshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Usual Copyright Restrictions Apply.

Appraisal Information

The records have been preserved in their entirety, with the exception of a few ephemeral classes, and rate books later than 1914. These have been 'weeded' to leave only those for the years 1916, 1921 and 1926.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Related material is Flintshire Record Office, PA, Public Assistance Committee records; G/A, G/C, Hawarden and St. Asaph Poor Law Unions; and H (Hospital) records.

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