West Glamorgan Archive Service

Rate books for Swansea Borough

Reference code(s): GB 0216 TR3

Held at:

Title: Rate books for Swansea Borough

Short title: Swansea Borough, rate books

Dates of creation: 1845-1975

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: (880 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Swansea Borough; Swansea Urban Sanitary Authority; Swansea County Borough Council; Swansea City Council; Oystermouth Urban District Council.


Administrative and biographical history: Swansea County Borough Council was created in 1889. It was enlarged in 1918 by the addition of Oystermouth Urban District Council, Brynau Parish and parts of Swansea rural district. The County Borough became a City in 1969 and in 1974 absorbed Gower rural district. These local authorities all raised part of their income from levying rates upon the inhabitants of the local authority areas. The property of individual ratepayers was valued to determine their rateable value, which was based on the amount of rent a hypothetical tenant could expect to pay annually. By the 19th century there were various different types of rates levied by different bodies. These were gradually consolidated over time, with a single general rate ultimately being levied instead of the poor and other rates. Water rates continued to be collected separately because in many cases private companies rather than the local authority provided the water supply.


Scope and content: Rate books for Swansea Borough and parts of neighbouring authorities, 1845-1975, comprising poor rate books for the Town and Franchise of Swansea, 1845-1904; rate books for individual parishes, 1882-1918, including poor rate books, 1882-1917, borough rate books, 1892-1894, water rental books, 1911-1918, special expenses rate books, 1886-1905, and joint poor and special expenses rate books, 1907-1918; Oystermouth UDC general district rate books, 1898-1908, and poor and general district rate books, 1909-1917; Swansea Urban Sanitary Authority general district rate books, 1881-1904, and water rental books, 1893-1907; Swansea County Borough poor, general and water rate books, 1904-1957; Swansea City Council general rate books, 1967-1975. See also System of Arrangement field.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Town and Franchise of Swansea; Brynau parish; Clase (Urban and Rural); Clase Rural; Clase Urban; Cockett parish; Llansamlet parish; Oystermouth parish; Oystermouth UDC; Penderry parish; St John-juxta-Swansea parish; St Thomas parish; Llansamlet parish; Swansea Urban Sanitary Authority; Swansea Borough; Swansea City Council.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Rate books for Swansea Borough, and for parts of neighbouring authorities which were absorbed into Swansea County Borough in 1918 and 1974, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949).

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

Date(s) of description: September 2005



Local government | Wales | Swansea

Local taxation | Wales | Swansea

Personal names

Corporate names

Swansea (Wales) | City Council

Swansea (Wales) | Corporation

Swansea (Wales) | County Borough Council

Swansea (Wales) | Urban Sanitary Authority