Merioneth County Council Minutes

Scope and Content

Minutes of Merioneth County Council, 1877-1965, comprising County Council minute books, 1889-1965, and statutory minute books, 1954-1959; minutes of committees, 1877-1963, relating to agriculture, 1905-1956, health, 1919-1953, finance, 1909-1963, highways, 1911-1959, housing and public health, 1911-1961, public assistance, 1930-1948, planning, 1937-1963, salaries, 1935-1955, rating, 1877-1937, valuation, 1926-1949, and other subjects, 1908-1961; Quarter Sessions and County Council Standing Joint Committee minutes, 1889-1952; joint sub-committees, 1923-1928.

Administrative / Biographical History

Formed under the Local Government Act 1888, Merioneth County Council (or Merionethshire County Council), based in Dolgellau, Merionethshire, took over many administrative duties of the Court of Quarter Sessions, such as responsibility for roads, bridges, county rates, county buildings, the police force, and licensing. The Local Government Act 1929 transferred responsibility for public assistance from the Boards of Guardians to the county councils. Other responsibilities relating to public health, agriculture, mental deficiency, highways and planning were transferred to the councils between 1919 and 1947. With the establishment of the National Health Service and the Welfare State, the county councils lost responsibility for health and public assistance. In 1974, as part of the restructuring of local government, most of Merionethshire was amalgamated with Caernarfonshire and Anglesey to create the new Gwynedd County Council, with Edeirnion rural district being added to Clwyd County Council.


Arranged into the following: Standing Joint Committee of Quarter Sessions and County Council; County Council minute books; County Council statutory minute books; agriculture; agriculture: smallholdings; air raid precautions/Civil Defence; Aftercare TB Patients Committee; Children's Committee; Establishment Committee; county expenditure; Finance and General Purposes Committee; Fire Brigade Committee; highways committees; Housing (Rural Workers) Committee; Hydro-Electric Committee; Joint Sub-Committees: matters arising; Joint Selection Committee; Local Government Boundaries Commission Committee; Maternity and Child Welfare Committee; mental health; Old Age Pensions Committee; Public Assistance Committee; Public Health and Housing Committee; Park Planning Committee; County Planning Committee; Petroleum Consolidation Acts Committee; river pollution; County Rating Committee; registration of births, deaths and marriages; restriction of ribbon development; sewerage and water supply; Snowdonia JAC; staffing and salaries; staffing and superannuation; Shop Acts Committee; Unemployed Workers' Act 1906 Committee; County Welfare Committee; weights and measures; County Valuation Committee; Furniture Committee; Footpaths and Wastelands Committee; and Clerk's draft minute book.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Cofnodion y Cyngor Sir/County Council Minutes, catalogue; ANW, Denbighshire Record Office: Denbighshire County Council Records.

Other Finding Aids

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

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