This collection consists of four rate books for Bangor parish, city and county districts, for the years 1837, 1838, 1852 and 1870. The rate book for 1870 (reference number 32815) also contains 16 miscellaneous receipts, loosely inserted, relating to Penrhyn Hall, Bangor for years 1873 to 1874.
The amount of information given in the rate books regarding the occupants of property varies. Item 2726 (for the year 1852) is a 159 page exhaustive list of the rate-paying inhabitants of Bangor. 6838 (for 1837) gives names of occupiers of property, together with residences and particulars of trade or profession, amount at which assessed and amount of rate paid. 6839 (for 1838) is a comprehensive list with names of occupiers and owners of property entered on the printed forms prescribed by the Poor Law Commissioners. 32815 (for 1870) gives names of the occupiers and owners together with names and descriptions of the properties' assessable values and amounts collected.
The material contains details of inhabitants of varying degrees of wealth, from paupers (6838) to holders of extensive property such as the Pennants of the Penrhyn Estate, Bangor.