West Glamorgan Archive Service
Llwchwr Urban District Council Records
Reference code(s): GB 0216 UD Lw
Title: Llwchwr Urban District Council Records
Short title: Llwchwr Urban District Council, records
Dates of creation: 1853-1983
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: To be supplied
Name of creator(s): Llangyfelach Rural District Council; Swansea Rural District Council; Llwchwr Urban District Council
Administrative and biographical history: Llangyfelach Rural District Council (RDC), Glamorgan, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894, superseding Swansea Union Rural Sanitary Authority. It comprised the parishes of Clase, Gowerton, Llandeilo Talybont, Llansamlet, Loughor, Penderry and Cockett. In November 1902 it was renamed Swansea Rural District Council. In 1918 parts of the district were lost to the County Borough of Swansea. In 1930 the remainder, comprising the parishes of Loughor, Gowerton, Llandeilo Talybont and Llangyfelach, became Llwchwr Urban District Council (UDC). The Councils comprised councillors and a chairman and initially took over the powers of the Local Board of Health. The Councils' responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. RDCs and UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector. Llwchwr UDC was abolished in 1974 following local government reorganization, becoming part of the Borough of Lliw Valley.
Scope and content: Records of Llangyfelach Rural District Council, Swansea Rural District Council, Llwchwr Urban District Council and (before 1894) Swansea Union Rural Sanitary Authority, 1853-1983, comprising Clerks' records, 1853-1974, including Council and committee minutes, 1888-1974, declarations of acceptance of office, 1894-1972, notices of motions, 1895-1913, yearbooks and diaries, 1939-1973, registers, 1905-1974, deeds relating to Loughor, 1853, 1892, reports, 1915-1970, correspondence, 1947-1964, and maps and plans, 1910-[post 1966]; Treasurers' records, 1885-1978, including rate books, 1885-1919, ledgers, 1898-1974, abstracts of accounts, 1965-1974, estimates, 1968-1978, and Local Government Superannuation Scheme registers, 1938-1959; Public Health Department registers, 1934-1983; Planning Department registers, 1886-1938.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Swansea Rural District Council, Llangyfelach Rural District Council, Swansea Rural District Council and Llwchwr Urban District Council; Llwchwr Urban District Council.
Conditions governing access: Items under 100 years old containing sensitive information on named individuals may be restricted under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.
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 in West Glamorgan Archive Service, D117 and RD/S.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. A few items postdate the abolition of the Urban District 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, Llangyfelach Rural District Council, Swansea Rural District Council and Llwchwr Urban 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); Collis, Kim, The West Glamorgan Archives Service: A Guide to the Collections (Swansea, 1998); A Vision of Britain Through Time website (www.visionofbritain.org.uk), viewed 30 August 2005.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: August 2005