Parish and Town Councils

Parish and Town Councils

Parish councils were created by the Local Government Act, 1894. They serve areas called 'civil parishes', otherwise known as 'townships'. In 1974, parish councils were authorised to adopt the title of 'town council' where this was appropriate.

The parish councils took over all the local government responsibilities which had formerly fallen on the parish or township. They could also take responsibility for all the archives of the parish apart from the ecclesiastical records and registers, and some did so. The most notable records predating 1894 are enclosure awards and poor relief records before local poor law unions were established in 1837.

Doncaster Archives holds the records of two dozen parish and town councils, including substantial archives from the councils of Fishlake, Hatfield and Thorne.


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