Margam Urban District Council Records

Scope and Content

Records of Margam Urban District Council, 1879-1945, including minutes, 1896-1915; mortgages and related records, 1898-1934; Treasurer's records, 1912-1945; rating records, 1879-1924; plans for housing schemes, 1919-1920; deeds and contracts relating to Margam, 1904-1909.

Administrative / Biographical History

Margam Urban District Council (UDC), Glamorgan, was established under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894. The Council, comprising a number of councillors and a chairman, initially took over the powers of the Local Board of Health. The Council's responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor, Rating Officer and Sanitary Inspector. Margam Urban District Council combined with the Borough of Aberavon to form the Borough of Port Talbot in 1921.


Arranged into the following: minute books; Clerk's Department; Treasurer's Department; Surveyor's Department.

Access Information

No restrictions

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 sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Local Authorities - District Councils - Margam Urban District Council, catalogue; Jackson, W. Eric, The Structure of Local Government in England and Wales (London: Longmans, 1949); Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Collis, Kim, The West Glamorgan Archives Service: A Guide to the Collections (Swansea, 1998).

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are West Glamorgan Archive Service, D/D Xlm and D/D Z 25.

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