Poor Law Papers

Scope and Content

The documents found can be roughly split into two sections - those for settlement and removal, and those for bastardy cases. However, there are also a mix of other documents that relate to the poor law.

Many removal orders appear as a result of appeals made by the parish to which the paupers were being sent, and the result of the appeal is often appended.

Administrative / Biographical History

Before 1834, the poor were managed by the parish and its officials, mainly the churchwardens and overseers of the poor. Money was collected from local residents through the poor rates and used to look after the sick, elderly, widowed, unemployed or destitute. After 1834, parishes were grouped together to form unions, each run by a Board of Guardians. The Justices of the Peace, meeting in Quarter Sessions, supervised poor relief across the county.

Access Information

Dim cyfyngiadau/No Restrictions

Acquisition Information

This collection was inherited from the County Council


Os gwelwch yn dda archebwch y dogfenau gan ddefnyddio y rhif cyfeirnod amgen (lle ddarperidd) / Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided)

Other Finding Aids

Mae copiau clawr caled o`r catalogau ar gael yn Archifau Ynys Môn ac yn y Gofrestr Cenedlaethol Archifau. Polisi Archifau Ynys Môn yw catalogio yn iaith y ddogfen./Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives to catalogue in the language of the document.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Cyflwr da/Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Archifau Ynys Môn / Anglesey Archives, Catalogue, Quarter Sessions Records.

Appraisal Information

Mae'r holl gofnodiadau sy'n cydymffurfio â pholisi casglu Swyddfa Gofnodi Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn wedi eu cadw /All records which meet the collection policy of the Anglesey Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The original Quarter Session Rolls had been broken down prior to their accessioning by the Gwynedd Archives Services. These documents, amongst others were extracted from them. The order of the documents in this catalogue should therefore be taken to be the original order of documents when on the roll.


Mae croniadau yn bosibl/Accruals are possible