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Poor Law Unions in Wales

The workhouse system in Wales closely followed that in England, although prior to 1834 parish workhouses were rare in Wales. The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act created a system of Poor Law Unions across the whole of Wales as listed in the county-by-county guide below. (Where unions included parishes in more than one county, the one generally used in poor law records is given.)

Anglesey
Anglesey, Holyhead
Brecknock or Breconshire
Brecknock, Builth, Crickhowell, Hay
Cardiganshire
Aberayron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Lampeter, Tregaron
Carmarthenshire
Carmarthen, Llandilo Fawr, Llandovery, Llanelly, Newcastle-in-Emlyn
Carnarvonshire
Bangor & Beaumaris, Carnarvon, Conway, Pwllheli
Denbighshire
Llanrwst, Ruthin, Wrexham
Flintshire
Hawarden, Holywell, St Asaph
Glamorgan
Bridgend & Cowbridge, Cardiff, Gower, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Pontardawe, Pontypridd, Swansea
Merionethshire
Bala, Corwen, Dolgelley, Festiniog
Monmouthshire
Abergavenny, Bedwellty, Chepstow, Monmouth, Newport, Pontypool
Montgomeryshire
Montgomery & Pool (later Forden), Llanfyllin, Machynlleth, Newtown & Llanidloes
Pembrokeshire
Haverfordwest, Narberth, Pembroke
Radnorshire
Knighton, Presteigne, Rhayader

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