Pembroke Poor Law Union Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Pembroke Poor Law Union, Pembrokeshire, 1837-1989, minute books, 1839-1948; letter books, 1837-1852; register of children boarded out, 1935-1947; financial records, 1925-1940; plan and drawing of workhouse, 1837; and miscellaneous papers, 1837-1989.

Administrative / Biographical History

Pembroke Poor Law Union was formed in 1837 under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians representing its 29 constituent parishes in Pembrokeshire. The Union built a workshouse in 1839, north of Pembroke. After the Local Government Act 1929, the Union was abolished and its duties transferred to the Public Assistance Committee of Pembrokeshire County Council.


Arranged into the following: minute books; letter books; register of children boarded out; financial records; plan and drawing of workhouse; and miscellaneous.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Modern Records and Pembrokeshire County Architect between 1965-1982.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Pembroke Poor Law Union, catalogue; Oxford University website (, viewed 13 May 2005.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

The miscellaneous records were kept under the County Council records until 1979, CC/C/200.


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names