Wrexham Poor Law Union Records

We have just completed cataloguing additional Wrexham Union Records and they are available to view now at our office. Prior to the local government reorganisation in 1974, Wrexham was part of Denbighshire and our office holds and provides access to many public records relating to the Wrexham area.

The Wrexham Union collection contains administrative and financial records, dealing with decision making of the Board of Guardians and financial information such as poor law rates and collections. Also included in this collection is a number of records relating to Wrexham Workhouse. Records relating to workhouse inmates are particularly popular with researchers. Surviving records include;

  • Admissions and discharges- 1890-1894, 1901-1930
  • Registers of inmates- 1892-1929

Unfortunately we have no records of inmates before 1890, but names of inmates are occasionally mentioned in the minutes prior to this date. Though sometimes incomplete, this collection does provide us with a great insight into life for the poor and destitute in Wrexham between 1837 and 1930.

In 1929 The Local Government Act was passed which abolished Poor Law Unions in both England and Wales. Responsibility for public assistance was then passed to county councils and county boroughs. Public Assistance records are also included in our collection (Ref: CD/PA).

To see the full list of Wrexham Union records available, please click on the following link- Records of Wrexham Poor Law Union

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