FLINT BOROUGH RECORDS

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of Flint Borough Council, 1610-1975, including court leet minute book, 1783-1815; minutes and minute books of the council and committees, 1905-1974; Town Clerk's correspondence files, 1936-1963; miscellaneous office papers, 1887-1906; public works contracts and papers, 1885-1938; correspondence and papers, 1894-1944; legal papers, 1906-1926; financial records, 1829-1961, including general ledgers, 1935-1961, general rate books, 1936-1951, and rentals, 1829-1846; deeds, 1736-1965; declarations of acceptance of office, 1879-1946; roll of burgesses, 1835-1859; election indentures, 1818-1868; registers, 1949-1974; officers' reports, 1940-1970; copy documents, 1875, [2nd half 20th century]; photographs, [20th century]; records relating to Flint Gaol, 1750-1778; Flint Gas and Water Co. lease and mortgages, 1861-1929; Flint Cottage Hospital and Nursing Association minutes, 1921-1948; records relating to Holywell Rural Parish Council, 1871-1934, including minutes and accounts; and records relating to Flint Public Library, 1902-1967.

Administrative / Biographical History

The town of Flint, Flintshire - the only borough in the county - was granted its first charter by Edward I in 1284. Until the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, the borough was governed by the constable of the castle, who also served as mayor, with the aid of two bailiffs elected by the burgesses. These were then replaced by a Town Council consisting of 18 Councillors and 6 Aldermen. In 1888, the Borough Council becaome responsible for sanitation and health. The Borough was abolished during local government reorganisation in 1974, with Flint becoming part of Delyn Borough Council, Clwyd.

The earliest surviving borough record, a court leet book 1783-1815, was rescued from destruction by Henry Taylor, the Town Clerk, who published extracts from it in his "Historic Notices...of Flint" (1883).

The records include those of Holywell Rural Parish Council, whose powers passed to the Borough in 1934.

The borough was involved in administering the Flint Cottage Hospital and Flint Public Library; it also accumulated the records of Flint Gaol and Flint Gas and Water Co.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following: Flint Borough Council; and Holywell Rural Parish Council (1st group); minutes; and byelaws (2nd group); Flint Borough Council; and Holywell Rural Parish Council (3rd group); sealing instrument (4th group); additional records (5th group); officers' reports; copy documents; and miscellaneous (6th group); minute book (7th group); general district rate receipt; minutes; and miscellaneous (8th group); minute books (9th group); Flint Borough Council (10th group); office; election; and leases, and agreements, etc.; public works contracts and papers; sale particulars; correspondence and papers; bequest; legal; and miscellaneous (11th group); Holywell Rural Parish Council (12th group); Flint Borough Council (13th group); minutes (signed) (14th group); valuation list (15th group); and Flint (Borough) Public Library (16th group).

Conditions Governing Access

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

Deposited by L. C. W. Beesley, Esq., MA, Town Clerk, Flint, 1967, 1970, 1972; the Sanitary Inspector, 1974; the Treasurer, 1974; the Borough Treasurer, Delyn Borough Council, 1975; Dr G. A. Hughes, Afonwen, 1981; the Town Clerk, Town Hall, Market Square, Flint, 1981; the Borough Surveyor, Delyn Borough Council, 1985; Cllr Emrys Williams, Flint Town Council, Town Hall, Flint, Clwyd, 1992; and Liz Martin, Community Librarian, Flint Library, Flint, 2000. Other deposits 1974-1983.

Note

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

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Flint Borough Records, catalogue; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); Flint Borough Council, Flint: The Official Guide ([1966]).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project and amended by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Flint Borough Records, catalogue; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974); Flint Borough Council, Flint: The Official Guide (1966).

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Usual Copyright Restrictions Apply. Copyright Flintshire County Council, so copying will usually be possible.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further records are in Flintshire Record Office, D/DM/281/4, D/DM/340 , Flint Borough Library MSS.

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