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Port Talbot Petty Sessions

Reference code(s): GB 0216 PS PT

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Title: Port Talbot Petty Sessions

Short title: Port Talbot Petty Sessions

Dates of creation: 1919-1992

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Approximately 15 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Port Talbot Petty Sessions


Administrative and biographical history: Despite its status as an ancient borough, Aberavon did not receive a Commission of the Peace until 1865. Before that date it had formed part of the Hundred of Neath. The commission established courts at Aberavon with jurisdiction over the borough. In 1921 Aberavon Borough was greatly extended with the addition of Baglan Lower, Michaelston Lower and Margam parishes. This enlarged area was renamed Port Talbot. In 1974 the petty sessions divisions of Aberavon and Port Talbot Borough were amalgamated to form Port Talbot Magistrates, with an area of jurisdiction coterminous with the newly created Borough of Afan (later Port Talbot). After local government reorganisation in 1996 this division was amalgamated with Neath Magistrates to form Neath Port Talbot Magistrates.


Scope and content: Minute books 1920-1940; Court registers 1919-1992; Other records 1920-1988; Rough note books 1948-56.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by series in date order.

Conditions governing access: Items within this collection which contain information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy catalogue at item level is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service, and an online version is on the West Glamorgan Archive Service website.
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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 not to disclose the names of depositors.


Related units of description: See also the records of Aberavon Petty Sessions (reference P/S A) and Neath Hundred (reference P/S NBo) at the West Glamorgan Archive Service.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Andrew Dulley, West Glamorgan Archive Service.

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

Date(s) of description: January 2009



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