Laugharne Corporation Records

Scope and Content

Minute books, 1711-1966, containing a record of the proceedings of the Courts Leet and Courts Baron of Laugharne including a complete list of burgesses from 1711-1895; Burgess admissions, 1793-1959; legal materials such as leases, 1714-1927 and other other deeds, 1613-1950; financial materials including rent rolls and rent collecting books, 1814-1935, accounts of various officials, 1647-1888, cancelled cheques, 1889-1944, vouchers and receipts, 1728-1935 and other miscellaneous financial documents, 1727-1948; correspondence, 1812-1939; maps and plans, [18th century]-[20th century], and miscellaneous sections on constitution, [c. 1283]-1960; administration, 1568-1966; Acts of Parliament, 1817-1885; Corporation land, 1837-1914 and other miscellaneous, 1704-1931.

Administrative / Biographical History

The town of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, on the west bank of the Tâf estuary, received its charter from Sir Guy de Brian, Lord of Laugharne, in 1290. He created a Corporation, administered by a portreeve and his court of aldermen and burgesses. The Corporation is still in operation. The Corporation held a court-leet half-yearly dealing with criminal cases, and a court-baron every fortnight, dealing with civil suits within the lordship, especially in matters related to land.


Arranged into the following : minute books; Burgess admissions; legal material; financial material; correspondence; maps and plans; miscellaneous sections.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Handed by Alderman T. Fleming Williams, the Recorder of Laugharne, and Lt Col R. A. Tucker, on 17th March 1966.


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Handlist of the Laugharne Corporation Muniments; Williams, E. V., Laugharne Corporation (Laugharne, 2001).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Carmarthenshire Archive Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained

Custodial History

The archive was stored in the Town Hall, Laugharne though some items such as the town charter were stored in Barclays Bank, St Clears.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further records are Carmarthenshire Archives, Laugharne Corporation Additional records.

Geographical Names