Records of Merionethshire Drainage Board

Scope and Content

Records of the Merionethshire Rivers Catchment Board, 1932-1960, including minute books, 1934-1954; financial records, 1932-1951; correspondence and related records, 1939-1951; Harlech and Maentwrog Internal Drainage District administrative records, 1938-1955; Mawddach and Union Internal Drainage District administrative records, 1939-1960; Ardudwy Marsh Internal Drainage Board correspondence and related records, 1940-1951; and miscellaneous papers, 1950-1954.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Merionethshire Rivers Catchment Board was established by the Land Drainage Act 1930. The Board had responsibility for watercourses in the county while responsibility for drains lay with the internal drainage boards, including Harlech and Maentwrog, Mawddach and Union and Ardudwy Marsh Internal Drainage Districts. The River Boards Act, 1948, created water boards which took over the powers of catchment boards, fishing boards and pollution prevention authorities.


Arranged into the following: Minute books; Financial; Files; Miscellaneous

Access Information

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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Records of Merionethshire Rivers Catchment Board, catalogue; The Association of Drainage Authorities Homepage, (, viewed 18 October 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names