Montgomeryshire Poor Law: Board of Guardians Records
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* Newtown and Llanidloes Union see also M/H/3 and M/H/4;
* Llanfyllin Union see P/CD/CE
Forden Workhouse Officer's Report Book, 1795-1798 has been digitised.
The Montgomery and Pool Union was a voluntary union, set up following Gilbert's Act of 1782, and was succeeded by the Forden Union in 1870. The other unions were compulsorily set up by the Act of 1834
At first the Poor Law Commission had overall responsibility for the system, but in 1847 it was replaced by the Poor Law Board. In 1871 the Local Government Board was set up with a remit which included the Poor Law. The Public Health Act of 1872 created urban and rural sanitary authorities (which in 1894 became urban and rural district councils, q.v.).
Boards of guardians, unions and workhouses were abolished following the Local Government Act of 1929, and their powers passed to the county councils through the Public Assistance Committees and departments (see county councils). The Poor Law system was finally abolished in 1948.