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  Poor Law Unions



  Kelly's Directory of South Wales 1923


Extracted from the Cd of the same name published by Archive CD Books (Gareth Hicks - Jan 2008)


What were Poor Law Unions for ?

"Until the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, relief of the poor was the responsibility of the parish. Following the Act, parishes were grouped into Unions that were charged to provide a workhouse for the relief of the able-bodied poor. ......................................The Board of Guardians responsible for the Union had other duties from time to time, including the registration of births, marriages and deaths, vaccinations, assessments of rates, sanitation, school attendance and infant life protection. By the time of the Local Government Act 1929 unions were abolished and their duties transferred to County Councils.........."    (Archives Network Wales)

"The 1836 civil registration legislation generally used the existing Poor Law union boundaries for its administration purposes. A Superintendent Registrar for births, marriages & deaths was appointed in each one.The Poor Law unions  already overlapped some  ancient county boundaries, which confusion was therefore continued into the sphere  of civil registration." Details of overlapping Registration Districts on 1881 census of Wales/Mon - on Gareth's Help Page

Registration Districts in England & Wales  - on Genuki



Aberayron Union.


Aberystwyth Union.


Cardigan Union.

In Cardiganshire.

In Pembrokeshire.


Lampeter Union.

In Carmarthenshire.


Tregaron Union



The following Cardiganshire parishes are included the Poor Law Union of Newcastle Emlyn - which is in Carmarthenshire


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