Newport County Borough Council Records

Scope and Content

Records of Newport County Borough Council, 1892-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Borough of Newport, Monmouthshire, became a County Borough in 1892 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1888. County Boroughs were towns with a population of over 50,000, which were administratively independent from the surrounding counties. Newport County Borough Council retained the functions of the former Borough Council, including health, education, sanitation and the Poor Law, but additionally assumed the Local Government functions previously exercised by Monmouthshire County Council. The County Borough Council retained the structure of the Borough Council, being an elected body made up of a mayor, aldermen and councillors. Their work was divided among a number of committees. The Council also employed officers such as a Clerk and a Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Sanitary Inspector and Surveyor, together with their departmental staff. Following local government reorganisation in 1974, Newport County Borough (then with a population of 108,000) was abolished, with its functions being divided between the new Newport 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, Newport County Borough Council, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Davis, Haydn, The History of the Borough of Newport: from swamp to super-town (Newport, 1998); A Vision of Britain Through Time website (, viewed 23 September 2005.

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

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