Pre-Vesting Date Coal Mining and Related Industrial Records

Scope and Content

Material of general historical interest, kept on file by the National Coal Board, relating to coal mining and associated industries before the nationalisation of the coal industry in Jan 1947. The material includes papers relating to the Monmouthshire and South Wales Coalowners' Association, The South Wales District (Coal Mines) Scheme, The Mining Association of Great Britain and the South Wales Miners' Federation. Subjects covered within the subfonds include railways and canals (including a volume concerning details of shipment of Blaengwawr Steam Coal by canal and rail, 1851-1859), wages, sale and export of coal, wages, training, welfare and the coke industry. Includes papers of Alexander Bassett, Mining Engineer concerning the Alexandra (Newport) Docks and the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company and papers of other individuals, including notebooks and a technical essay. Also includes volumes of newspaper cuttings concerning a variety of aspects of the coal industry prior to nationalisation and volumes concerning Park Water Works and Treharris Power Station.


An artificial arrangement, based on the subject of the records, has been imposed on this subfonds.

Custodial History

This subfonds is made up of material brought together from different accessions (see below for full list) deposited by the National Coal Board and the British Coal Corporation. Some files were clearly kept within the National Coal Board's records management system but the provenance of some of the material is not clear. Where it has been possible to associate material with particular colliery companies, material has been split from the original accessions and catalogued with records of the individual companies. This series has been brought together from the following accessions: DNCB/1-15 (acc. no. U1957/1039)

DNCB/16 (acc. no. U1957/1078)

DNCB/17 (acc. no. U1957/1117)

DNCB/18 (acc. no. U1958/1218)

DNCB/25/7 (acc. no. U1966/2141)

DNCB/26/R568 (acc. no. U1968/2448)

DNCB/28 (acc. no. U1970/2705)

DNCB/29 (acc. no. U1970/2723)

DNCB/32 (acc. no. 1978/17)

DNCB/34 (acc. no. 1979/27)

DNCB/36 (acc. no. 1982/132)

DNCB/39 (acc. no. 1985/206)

DNCB/53 (acc. no. 1986/250)

DNCB/67 (no accession number identified)

and 1991/548

The previous reference number for each item is listed in its individual catalogue entry.