West Glamorgan Archive Service

Pontardawe Rural District Council Records

Reference code(s): GB 0216 RD Pd

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Title: Pontardawe Rural District Council Records

Short title: Pontardawe Rural District Council, records

Dates of creation: 1838-1985

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 23.4 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Pontardawe Rural District Council


Administrative and biographical history: Pontardawe Rural District Council, Glamorgan, was created under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 and comprised the parishes of Cilybebyll, Llangiwg, Mawr (Llangyfelach Mawr), Rhyndwyglydach and Ynysymwn (Ynysymond). The Council comprised councillors and a chairman and replaced part of Pontardawe Rural Sanitary Authority. 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. Pontardawe Rural District Council was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganisation and its functions were assumed by the new Borough of Lliw Valley.


Scope and content: Records of Pontardawe Rural District Council, 1838-1985, comprising Clerk's Department records, 1877-1976, including minutes, 1893-1974, miscellaneous registers, 1877-1976, and byelaws, 1914-1952; Treasurer's Department records, including ledgers, 1896-1974, accounts, 1910-1974, records of employees' earnings, 1945-1972, valuation lists, 1928-1950, and rate books, 1922-1958; Medical Officer of Health reports, 1898-1938; marriage notice books, 1882-1923; yearbooks, magazines and other publications, 1954-1973; articles, [1959x1967]; Public Health Department registers, 1925-1985, and press cuttings, 1938-1973; deeds, 1838-1950; photographs, [c. 1960]-[1960s]; planning register, 1932-1948; Engineer and Surveyor's Department records, 1899-1966, including plans of new buildings, 1932-1946, and papers relating to sewerage schemes, 1933-1966.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Clerk's Department; Treasurer's Department; Medical Officer of Health; Civil Registration records; Pontardawe Union Rural Sanitary Authority and Pontardawe Rural District Council; Public Health Department; Clerk's Department; Planning Department; Clerk's Department; Public Health Department; Engineer and Surveyor's Department; recreation grounds; Treasurer's Department.

Conditions governing access: Register of tuberculosis notifications (RD/Pd 92) and register of notifications of infectious diseases (RD/Pd 93) closed for 100 years from date of creation. Records of employees' earnings (RD/Pd T 41-44) closed for 50 years from date of creation.

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: Information not available

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.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. A few items postdate the abolition of the Council.

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 Authorities - Rural District Councils - Pontardawe 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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