Gwyddelwern Vestry Book

Scope and Content

Comprises Gwyddelwern parish vestry book, 1781 - 1879, containing memoranda, disbursements to the poor, overseers' oaths and orders, settlements, lists of overseers, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

The parish of Gwyddelwern, situated in Merioneth, north Wales, was, in common with other parishes, a major instrument of local government. The parish, represented by a selection of members known as the vestry, had responsibility for poor relief, as well as maintenance of highways and law and order, which continued until local government reforms in the late nineteenth century. In 1894 parish government was reconstructed which left vestries with limited powers such as the election of churchwardens and administration of charities.

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Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, June 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department, University of Wales, Bangor. Reference number: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 481

Conditions Governing Use

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