Papers of A. Leslie Evans

Scope and Content

Papers of A. Leslie Evans, [1666]-1996, including published and unpublished writings by Evans, 1952-1994, and others, 1855-1969; notes and notebooks, [1930s]-1995, of Leslie Evans relating to archaeological finds, churches and chapels, domestic architecture, industry, local families and genealogy, monastic remains, municipal history, place names and Welsh customs, mainly in the parishes of Aberavon, Baglan, Margam and Michaelston Lower and also Kenfig, Llangynwyd, Newton Nottage, Pyle, Sker and Tythegston, Glamorgan; personal letters, [1960s]-1996; press cuttings, 1899-1996; ephemera, [1850s]-1996; original and copy records relating to Aberavon Borough, [1666], 1837-1938, Kenfig Borough, 1886-[1980s], Neath Borough, 1919-1920, Margam Urban District Council, 1896-[1921], various parishes, 1780-[late 20th century], and schools, 1927-1960; miscellaneous letters, 1668-1935; deeds and wills relating to properties in Abervon, Bridgend, Cwmavon, Margam, Pantddu, Porthcawl, Port Talbot, Pyle, Swansea, Taibach and Tythegston, Glamorgan, 1823-1965; miscellaneous estate records, 1847-1936; Port Talbot Harbour records, 1868-1896; papers relating to industry, 1877-1915, and various societies, 1871-1891; photographs relating to the Port Talbot area, [1884]-1993; drawings and sketches, 1882-1997; maps, 1814-1994; architectural plans, 1958-1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Leslie Evans (1911-1996) was a schoolteacher, poet and artist and was an enthusiastic collector and prolific writer on the local history of his native Port Talbot and the surrounding district. He wrote numerous books, monographs and articles on the Port Talbot district and illustrated many of his own publications. His published works include The story of Sker House (Neath, 1956), Margam Abbey (Port Talbot, 1958), The story of Taibach and district (1963), Mayors and portreeves of Aberavon and Port Talbot (1987) and Colliery disasters in and around Port Talbot (1989). He was chairman of the Port Talbot Historical Society from 1958 until 1996, and edited the Society's Transactions.


Arranged into the following: original and copy documents; notes and publications by A. Leslie Evans.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the papers of A. Leslie Evans; Collis, Kim, West Glamorgan Archive Service - A Guide to the Collections (West Glamorgan Archive Service, 1998).

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

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