West Glamorgan Archive Service

Margam Urban District Council Records

Reference code(s): GB 0216 PTL UD Ma

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Title: Margam Urban District Council Records

Short title: Margam Urban District Council, records

Dates of creation: 1879-1945

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Margam Urban District Council


Administrative and biographical history: Margam Urban District Council (UDC), Glamorgan, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The Council, comprising a number of councillors and a chairman, initially took over the powers of the Local Board of Health. The Council's responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor, Rating Officer and Sanitary Inspector. Margam Urban District Council combined with the Borough of Aberavon to form the Borough of Port Talbot in 1921.


Scope and content: Records of Margam Urban District Council, 1879-1945, including minutes, 1896-1915; mortgages and related records, 1898-1934; Treasurer's records, 1912-1945; rating records, 1879-1924; plans for housing schemes, 1919-1920; deeds and contracts relating to Margam, 1904-1909.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute books; Clerk's Department; Treasurer's Department; Surveyor's Department.

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: No information 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.


Related units of description: Further records are West Glamorgan Archive Service, D/D Xlm and D/D Z 25.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. A few items relating to successor authorities postdate Margam UDC.

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 - District Councils - Margam 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).

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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