As a result of the Local Government Act 1929, rural district councils were required to compile maps of maintainable roads for the handover to the County Council to become ‘county roads.’ Detailed reference books were then compiled giving each road a number with a map reference, description of route and mileage. The hand-over maps were intended to record public responsibilities, not rights, and the omission of a route from a Handover map is not conclusive evidence that the route was not public.
The reference books do not survive in this collection, apart from photocopies from the Whitchurch Rural District Council map (Ref: CJ67/7/3). Reports on the roads taken over from the Rural District Councils can be found County Surveyor’s Divisional Sub-Committees (Ref: BB32/30/1-5).
The hand-over maps vary in almost all circumstances, along with the information provided in them. Most are colourings depicting scheduled, unscheduled (or district), and main roads superimposed on Ordnance Survey maps. Bridges and rights of way (?) are often identified as well.