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Swansea Hundred Petty Sessions

Reference code(s): GB 0216 PS S

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Title: Swansea Hundred Petty Sessions

Short title: Swansea Hundred Petty Sessions

Dates of creation: 1844-1973

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Approximately 11 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Swansea Hundred Petty Sessions


Administrative and biographical history: Swansea Hundred Petty Sessions began with magistrates exercising jurisdiction over the area of the ancient Swansea Hundred. This included the Gower parishes (except Parcel Iscoed, an area between Three Crosses and Penclawdd), Loughor, Swansea (excluding the hamlet of St Thomas) and Llandeilo Talybont. Cases were heard initially in the Guildhall, Swansea, and later in the Swansea Police Court. Later still a courthouse was built at Gowerton. Magistrates for the Borough of Swansea held separate courts with jurisdiction over the Borough. Boundaries were altered in February 1868: the Gower parishes (with the exception of Llanrhidian Higher and Oystermouth) were formed into the new Gower Division, while the hamlets of Mawr, Clase, Penderry, St Thomas and Llansamlet Lower were ceded to Swansea Hundred from the former Llangyfelach Hundred. In 1974 Swansea Hundred was merged with Pontardawe Division to form the Lliw Valley Petty Sessions Division, whose boundaries were made to coincide with those of Lliw Valley Borough Council.


Scope and content: Minute books 1844-1975; Court Registers 1879-1974; Records relating to licensing 1903-1967; Records relating to adoptions; Other records 1935-1975


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 Swansea Borough Petty Sessions (P/S SBo), Pontardawe Petty Sessions (P/S Pd), Gower Petty Sessions (P/S G) and Lliw Valley Petty Sessions (P/S Lli) 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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