Local Government


The records of local government cover many aspects of local life. At different times, local authorities have had responsibility for

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  • relief of the poor
  • health and social services
  • highways
  • education, and
  • much more.

These responsibilities have generated many kinds of documents. From formal minutes and accounts to correspondence and administrative papers. Using these records requires an understanding of the changing responsibilities and boundaries of the different local authorities in a given area. For instance, a series of Acts of Parliament in the 19th century gradually established a new system of local government throughout the country. The sections listed in the menu summarise the main responsibilities of local government in Cornwall. These are grouped with reference to the major series of records held at Cornwall Record Office (CRO). Various authorities have transferred many of these records. This is due to continuing changes in local government responsibilities. This means they are scattered throughout different collections.