Catalogue description Records of Easthampstead Board of Guardians

This record is held by Berkshire Record Office

Details of G/E
Reference: G/E
Title: Records of Easthampstead Board of Guardians

The Boards of Guardians were established in Berkshire in 1835 to administer the new Poor Law Unions under the Poor Law Amendment Act, 1834. They continued until the County Council assumed these functions through its Public Assistance Committee under the Local Government Act, 1929, in 1930. For Public Assistance records (1930-1948) see C/PA


The parishes in each of the Poor Law Unions are listed in various editions of Kelly's Directories of the county. The Unions near the County boundary included some parishes in the adjoining counties, which are also in those lists


These records were transferred to the Shire Hall in 1943 and were listed in the Guide to the Berkshire Record Office, (1952), when 142 volumes were destroyed, from various classes, leaving representative groups for the several Unions. Further papers were found, possibly transferred to the Council when it took over these functions in 1930, when the Record Office corridor was cleared, c.1966. These have been incorporated into the present catalogue. The arrangement of the catalogue is based on the headings in the Guide, (pp. 17-21). A Handlist of the Records of the Boards of Guardians in the County of Somerset, (1949), classifies this type of record on a different basis but may be found of use; a copy is available in the Record Office


The volumes of records of the Rural Sanitary Authorities, mentioned in the Guide with the poor law records, are catalogue separately, (as R/S), but any records of the school attendance committees have been included here and also the other records noted under "Non Poor Law Duties"

Date: 1848-1930
Held by: Berkshire Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Easthampstead Board of Guardians

Physical description: 27 vols, 1 bdl
Access conditions:

The records of the Boards of Guardians are in general subject to a restriction of 75 years; in the case of personal records, such as registers of lunacy, etc., this is extended to one hundred years

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1943 (acc. 90); in 1971 (acc. 2134 part); in November 2000 (acc. 6637).


Schedule of accessions


Acc. 90: 1/1-18; 2/1; 3/1-2; 4/1-2


Acc. 2134 (part): 2/2


Acc. 6637: 2/3-6

  • Easthampstead, Berkshire
  • Social services
  • Social welfare
Link to NRA Record:

Have you found an error with this catalogue description?

Help with your research