West Glamorgan Archive Service

Swansea St Mary Parish Records

Reference code(s): GB 0216 P 123

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Title: Swansea St Mary Parish Records

Short title: Swansea St Mary Parish records

Dates of creation: 1726-1918

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: (196 vols, 1 plan, 1 file, 1 section)

Name of creator(s): Swansea St Mary Civil Parish


Administrative and biographical history: During the late Middle Ages the parish became increasingly important as a unit of civil administration. From the 16th century unpaid parish officers were responsible for keeping the peace, repairing roads and assisting the poor, by means of a rate levied on the inhabitants of the parish. Civil parish councils were established by the Local Government Act 1894, taking over responsibilities from parish vestry meetings. The parish of Swansea St Mary was in the county of Glamorgan, until local government reorganisation in 1974, when it became part of West Glamorgan. The ancient parish consisted of four townships: Swansea Town and Franchise (the ancient borough), St Thomas, Swansea Higher and Swansea Lower.


Scope and content: Records relating to Swansea St Mary Parish, 1726-1918, including records of the parish workhouse, 1817-1833; poor rate books, 1726-1918; tithe plan and apportionment, 1843.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Swansea St Mary (Town and Franchise); Clase Urban and Rural; Llansamlet Division; Swansea Higher Division; Swansea Higher and Lower Divisions; Penderry Division; St Thomas.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service 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 rates records are West Glamorgan Archive Service, TR 3.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea St Mary (Swansea Town and Franchise), catalogue.

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

Date(s) of description: November 2005



Poor laws | Wales | Swansea St Mary

Tithes | Wales | Swansea St Mary

Workhouses | Wales | Swansea St Mary

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