Records of Swansea, Brecon and Carmarthen Prisons

Scope and Content

Records relating to Swansea Prison, 1856-1952, comprising nominal registers, 1884-1952, Governor's journal, 1929-1938, calendars of prisoners tried at Quarter Sessions and Assizes, 1856-1903, Visiting Committee minutes, 1912-1931, Prison rules and orders, [n. d.]; Brecon Prison nominal registers, 1879-1915, and registers of previous convictions, [1914]; Carmarthen Prison nominal registers, 1879-1922.

Administrative / Biographical History

Swansea Prison was opened in 1861 and is now HMP Swansea. Brecon Prison closed in November 1915 while Carmarthen Prison closed in March 1922. Both Swansea and Carmarthen had male and female prisoners.


Arranged into the following: Swansea Prison; Brecon Prison; Carmarthen Prison.

Access Information

Items under 100 years old containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Some items are currently unfit for production.

Acquisition Information

It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Records of Swansea, Brecon and Carmarthen Prisons, 1877-1952, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are possible

Geographical Names