Tenby Borough Records

Scope and Content

Records of Tenby Borough, 1849-1977, comprising Clerk's records, 1856-1977, including Council and committee minutes, agendas and reports, 1946-1974, bye-laws, 1939-1962, Clerk's files covering coastal erosion, water supply, transport and housing, 1856-1977, conveyances, leases and agreements, 1870-[1968]; Treasurer's records, 1849-1974, including annual abstracts of accounts, 1885-1973, ledgers, 1895-1897, rating and valuation records, 1849, 1928-1974, and miscellaneous papers, 1897-1963; Medical Officer of Health's records, 1895-1970, including reports, 1895-1943; and Borough Surveyor's files relating to water and sewerage, Corporation property and housing estates, [1937]-1964.

Administrative / Biographical History

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, was the site of a Welsh fortress which was captured by the Normans in the late 11th century. The town was awarded its first charter in 1290 by Wiliam de Valence, Lord of Pembroke. Henry IV's charter of 1402 granted the election of a Mayor and two Bailiffs while Elizabeth I's Charter of Incorporation of 1581 granted Tenby the status of a Borough. The Municipal Corporations Act 1835 resulted in the borough being reconstituted. It was subsequently run by a Borough Council, comprising a Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors, who were elected by the ratepayers. The Council also employed officials such as a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health and Borough Surveyor. As a result of the Local Government Act 1972 the borough was abolished in 1974, and most of its powers assumed by South Pembrokeshire District Council.


Arranged into the following: Medical Officer of Health; Surveyor; Clerk; and Treasurer.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Borough Treasurer, 1974, I. Vincent, South Pembrokeshire District Council, Pembroke Dock, 1979, Tenby Museum, 1981, 1982, Modern Records, 1983, the Town Clerk, The Guildhall, Tenby, per Tenby Museum, 1984, and from the former South Pembrokeshire District Council Offices, Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock, 2001; deposited by R. L. Black, Principal Administration Officer, South Pembrokeshire District Council, 1991.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Tenby Borough Records, catalogue; Dodd, A. H., A History of Caernarvonshire (Wrexham, 1990); Sheperd, Alan, Tenby: the official guide (Saundersfoot, 2000).

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

Most of the records of the Borough Council were transferred to its successor bodies when it was abolished.


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names