Neath Antiquarian Society

Records of the Neath Harbour Commissioners

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Title: Records of the Neath Harbour Commissioners

Short title: Neath Harbour Commissioners, records

Dates of creation: 1882-1896

Level of description: Fonds

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

Name of creator(s): Neath Harbour Commissioners


Administrative and biographical history: The Neath Harbour Commissioners were established by an Act of Parliament in 1800, as a body responsible for licensing pilots. The Neath Harbour Act, 1843 increased the number of Commissioners and extended their powers giving them responsibility for the administration of Neath Harbour. Further Acts followed empowering them to extend their activities. Under the powers given to them by the Neath Harbour Act, 1880, the Commissioners established a first mortgage debentures scheme, offering 3,700 debentures of £100 each, consolidating the borrowing powers given to them by the previous Acts of Parliament. The proceeds from this scheme were to be used to pay off all outstanding bonds issued since 1843 and to pay for the new construction work being carried out, including converting part of the River Neath into a floating dock, diverting the River by making a navigable channel and constructing railways.


Scope and content: Papers marketing the first mortgage debentures scheme, 1882; letters addressed to individual debenture holders, 1882-1886; financial papers, 1887-1896; printed letters relating to the election of commissioners, 1885-c. 1890s; papers relating to the Neath Harbour Bills, 1886-1891; letters relating to the New Works, 1889-1890; other printed letters sent to debenture holders, 1884-1885.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into advertising, financial papers, papers relating to the election of commissioners, Bills for Parliament, correspondence.

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.
Detailed catalogue


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: At the West Glamorgan Archive Service are Neath Harbour records, reference D/D NHa, and Briton Ferry Estate papers (reference D/D BF) which contain papers relating to Neath Harbour.


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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