Neath Borough Council records

Scope and Content

1. Neath Corporation minute books, 1850-1939

2. Mortgage registers, 1853-1920

3. Declarations of mayors of Neath Corporation, 1849-1859

4. Declaration books of acceptance of office by Neath Corporation councillors, 1835-1910

5. Other records relating to elections in Neath, 1881-1972

6. Statutory registers, 1912-1964

7. Neath Borough Council byelaws, 1865-1874

8. Neath Urban district Council: annual report of the Medical Officer, giving statistics for illnesses in the area, 1908-1911

9. Neath Borough Council: annual report of the Medical Officer of Health, 1941-1971

10. Neath Borough Council: annual abstract of accounts and general statistics, 1952-1972

11. Programme for a royal visit, 1937

12. Records relating to the construction of Neath War Memorials at the gates of Gnoll Park, 1924-1963

13. Papers relating to proposals regarding the use of buildings in Neath, 1887-1935

Administrative / Biographical History

Neath Borough Council was founded in medieval times and reformed following the Municipal Corporations Act, 1835. Originally sharing the same boundaries as the parish of Neath, the borough was extended in 1922 to take in the parish and former urban district council of Briton Ferry, along with the Melincryddan area. Associated with Neath Borough Council was Neath Urban Sanitary Authority, succeeded by Neath Urban District Council in 1894. This body oversaw sanitation within the Borough of Neath and its council was composed of members of Neath Borough Council. The district saw an increase in industrial activity in Victorian times, resulting in the construction of railways and docks to carry coal, raw materials and finished products to and from the iron, steel, tinplate and copper works in the area, and to the docks at Briton Ferry and further afield. Neath Borough Council took an interest in the passage of the various railway bills through Parliament.


Arranged into series by document type.

Access Information

No restrictions

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records received by the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained

Custodial History

This collection is part of the Neath Library collection. The records were collected and stored at Neath Library before being transferred to West Glamorgan Archive Service in 1990.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

A significant collection of other records of Neath Borough is held at West Glamorgan Archives, reference B/N. A smaller collection of Neath Borough records is held at the Neath Antiquarian Society Archives, reference NAS B/N.