Flintshire councils and local government authorities
The Hawarden branch holds the corporate records of Flintshire County Council and its predecessor authorities.
What records can I find at Hawarden branch?
Boroughs were formed from the medieval period when many towns were granted rights and privileges such as self-government, the right to hold fairs and courts of law. These rights were confirmed by charter. There was only one Borough in Flintshire – the Borough of Flint, which was granted its first charter by Edward I in 1284. In 1974, Boroughs were merged into district councils and later county councils.
We hold records for the following borough at Hawarden branch:
Urban District Council
Urban District Councils were established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 and usually took over responsibility for local sanitation from the local sanitary authorities and their responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments.
We hold records for the following Urban District Councils at Hawarden branch:
- Buckley Urban District Council
- Connah’s Quay Urban District Council
- Holywell Urban District Council
- Mold Urban District Council
- Prestatyn Urban District Council (main collection – some records also held at Ruthin Branch)
- Rhyl Urban District Council (main collection – some records also held at Ruthin Branch)
Rural District Council
Like Urban District Councils, Rural District Councils were also established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894, although some merged in 1935 to form new administrative bodies.
We hold records for the following Rural District Councils at Hawarden branch:
- Hawarden Rural District Council (est. 1894)
- Holywell Rural District Council (est. 1894)
- Maelor Rural District Council (est.1894)
- St Asaph (Flintshire) Rural District Council (est. 1894)
Civil parish councils were established by the Local Government Act 1894, taking over from parish vestry meetings. Community councils replaced parish councils under the local government reorganisation in 1974.
You can search for an individual parish council by using the search bar at the top of this page.
Flintshire County Council (1888-1974)
Flintshire County Council was established under the Local Government Act of 1888, whereby the administrative responsibilities of the quarter sessions were transferred to the county council.
The council and departmental records for Flintshire County Council are held at Hawarden branch.
Clwyd County Council (1974-1996)
The Local Government Act (1972) created Clwyd as a merger of Flintshire with most of Denbighshire, along with the Edeyrnion Rural District from Merionethshire. Hawarden branch holds the main Clwyd County Council collection, including the council and departmental records.
District Council (1974-1996)
Clwyd was divided into six districts, each being operated by a district or borough council. Clwyd was divided into the following district councils;
- Alyn and Deeside (records held at Hawarden)
- Colwyn (records held at Ruthin)
- Delyn (records held at Hawarden)
- Glyndwr (records held at Ruthin)
- Rhuddlan (records held at Hawarden and Ruthin)
- Wrexham Maelor (records held at Ruthin)
Please note the full catalogues for some of these collections are not yet available online. Please contact us for further information.
Town and Community Councils
Community councils replaced parish councils under the local government reorganisation in 1974. The Flintshire post-1974 community council records are amongst parish council collections (Ref: PC/).
Hawarden branch holds records for the following town councils;
- Buckley Town Council (DA/A/6)
- Caerwys Town Council (PC/13A)
- Holywell Town Council (D/DM/1578)
- Saltney Town Council (D/DM/1587/5)
Flintshire County Council (1996-present)
The new Flintshire County Council was formed following local government reorganisation and the disaggregation of Clwyd County Council into the four new authorities of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. It came into being on 1 April 1996.
The main collections that are available for ‘new Flintshire’ consist of minutes, agendas and reports, arranged by Department and Corporate Activity.