Neath Antiquarian Society

Papers of the Neath Canal Company

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Title: Papers of the Neath Canal Company

Short title: Neath Canal Company, records

Dates of creation: 1794-1881

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.027 cubic metres (1 archive box)

Name of creator(s): Neath Abbey Canal Company


Administrative and biographical history: The Neath Canal Company was formed in the late 18th century, and obtained an Act of Parliament authorising the purchase of land for the canal. The canal was opened in stages over the next few years, and eventually ran from Glynneath to Melincryddan, along the south-eastern side of the Neath Valley. It was particularly important in linking the smelting industries of the lower Neath valley with sources of coal to the north and with the sea to the south west.


Scope and content: Deeds, 1794-1813; papers relating to a legal dispute, 1824-1825; other papers, 1839-1881.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into deeds, papers relating to a legal dispute, and other papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service in County Hall, Swansea and the Neath Mechanics' Institute. A version of this catalogue is also available online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded.


Related units of description: Further records of the Neath Canal Company are held at the West Glamorgan Archive Service in Swansea, but the collection is restricted and permission must be sought to consult the documents.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Andrew Dulley for the ANW project.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: September 2005



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