West Glamorgan Archive Service

Neath Rural District Council Records

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Title: Neath Rural District Council Records

Short title: Neath Rural District Council, records

Dates of creation: 1885-1982

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Neath Rural District Council


Administrative and biographical history: Neath Rural District Council, Glamorgan, was created under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 and comprised the parishes of Baglan Higher, Blaen-gwrach, Blaenhonddan, Clyne, Coed-ffranc, Dulais Lower, Dulais Higher, Dyffryn Clydach, Michaelston Higher, Neath Lower, Neath Higher, Resolven, Rhigos and Tonna. The Council comprised councillors and a chairman and initially replaced the local sanitary authorities. The Council was responsible for a range of local services including sanitation, sewerage, refuse collection, maintaining local roads, cemeteries and parks, licensing of public entertainments, water supply and housing. Rural District Councils were administered by committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Housing Officer and Surveyor. Neath Rural District Council was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation and its functions were assumed by the new Borough of Neath.


Scope and content: Records of Neath Rural District Council, 1885-1982, including Clerk's Department records, 1885-1968, including council minutes, 1895-1968, committee minutes, 1895-1946, and registers of mortgages, 1885-1935; Treasurer's Department records, 1919-1982, comprising accounts, 1919-1982, and abstracts of accounts, 1949-1972; Medical Officer of Health annual reports and registers, 1919-1973; registers of births reported to the Ministry of Health, 1915-1948; overcrowding survey, 1936; Tyn-y-Twr cemetery plan, 1915; planning and grant application registers, 1881-1974; papers relating to local government re-organisation of the Boroughs of Swansea, Neath and Aberavon (later Port Talbot), 1919-1936, Briton Ferry Bridge Bill, 1914-1922, and various water undertakings, 1885-1921. See also System of Arrangement field.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Medical Officer of Health; Public Health Inspector (RD/N); Clerk's Department; Surveyor's Department (PTL RD/N); registers of births (RD/N); Council minutes; Electric Lighting Committee minutes; Finance Committee minutes; Housing and Town Planning Committee minutes; Interim Development Authority minutes; Public Health and General Purposes Committee minutes; Water Committee minutes (NL RD/N); Clerk's Department; Treasurer's Department (NM RD/N); Planning Department; Treasurers' Department, local government re-organisation; Briton Ferry Bridge; water undertaking; local government re-organisation, 1969 (RD/N).

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: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Related units of description: Further records are West Glamorgan Archive Service, D/D Z 58.


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, Local Authority Records - Rural District Councils - Neath Rural District Council, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff, 1969); Collis, Kim, The West Glamorgan Archives Service: A Guide to the Collections (Swansea, 1998).

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

Date(s) of description: August 2005



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