Milford Port Health Authority Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Milford Port Sanitary Authority/ Health Authority, 1874-1996, including minute books, 1874-1996; letter books, 1904-1928; annual reports, 1924-1979; cash books, 1960-1993; ledgers, 1925-1987; newspaper cuttings book, 1962-1971; government orders relating to Port Sanitary Authorities, 1883-1938; fish export certificates, 1991-1992; statutory financial statements, 1968-1974; statement of accounts, 1977-1994; and miscellaneous papers, 1964-1996.

Administrative / Biographical History

Port Sanitary Authorities were introduced in 1872 as an alternative to quarantine in British ports order to prevent the importation of infectious diseases. The Milford Port Sanitary Authority was responsible for health in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and had the power to inspect incoming vessels and their cargoes. The Authority also carried out medical inspections on immigrants. The Sanitary Authority was renamed Milford Port Health Authority in 1937 and was based in Milford Town Hall.


Arranged into three groups, by deposit: Group One, minute books, letter books, annual reports, ledgers, government orders and miscellaneous; Group Two, copies of local government board records; and Group Three, minutes, cash books, ledgers and miscellaneous.

Access Information

Minute books are closed for 30 years following date of creation

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Milford Port Health Authority, Milford Haven, Dyfed, 1976. Additional deposits made by Mr W. J. Allen, Director of Port Health Services, 1981; Mr D. Rye, Milford Port Health Authority, Milford Haven, Dyfed, 1993; Mr A. J. Kesterton, Milford Port Health Authority, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, 2000.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Milford Port Health Authority, catalogue; Port Cities London, (, viewed 14 June 2005.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available in Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are possible

Geographical Names