Caernarfonshire/ Gwynedd County Councils Social Services Department Records

Scope and Content

Records of Caernarfonshire County Council and Gwynedd County Council, Social Service Department, 1918-1983, including Caernarfonshire County Council administrative records, 1957-1974; records relating to blind persons, 1952-1971; children, 1953-1974; elderly persons, 1951-1978; mental health case files, 1918-1970; records relating to the physically handicapped, 1971-1974; and welfare, 1948-1973; Gwynedd County Council administrative records, 1971-1980; development and research records, 1974-1982; records relating to elderly persons, 1971-1974; mental health, 1973-1983; and records relating to the physically handicapped, 1974-1981.

Administrative / Biographical History

Before 1974 Caernarfonshire County Council Social Services Department provided welfare to the disadvantaged in Caernarfonshire, including children, the elderly, blind persons, the mentally ill and the physically handicapped. Gwynedd County Council was established in 1974 as the local authority for Gwynedd, which from 1974 until 1996 comprised the old counties of Anglesey, Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire. Following the reorganization, Gwynedd County Council Social Services Department took over the provision of welfare in Caernarfonshire.


Arranged into the following: Pre-1974 administration files; Post-1974 administration files; Pre-1974 Blind persons; Pre-1974 Children; Post-1974 Development/research; Pre-1974 Elderly persons; Post-1974 Elderly persons; Pre-1974 Mental health case files; Post-1974 Mental health; Pre-1974 Physically handicapped; Post-1974 Physically handicapped; and Pre-1974 Welfare.

Access Information

All files closed for 30 years after date of creation. Files relating to individuals closed for 100 years after date of creation.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Archifau Cyngor Sir Gaernarfon/Sir Gwynedd Ffeliau Adran Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol/ Caernarfonshire/Gwynedd County Councils Social Services Department Files.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Related material is Caernarfonshire Record Office, XC2/29, XC2/31, XC2/32, XC2/34, XC2/47.