Newport Board of Health/Port Sanitary Authority Records

Scope and Content

Records of Newport Board of Health and Port Sanitary Authority, 1850-1885.

Administrative / Biographical History

Newport Local Board of Health came into existence in 1850 when the Public Health Act 1848 was adopted by Newport Borough Council. It took over the responsibilities of the Newport Improvement Commissioners, including lighting, paving, water and regulating the police, and also became responsible for street cleaning, sewerage and highways. The Board was constituted as a committee of Newport Borough Council, with the whole of the Council as members. The Public Health Act 1872 authorised the designation of Newport Board of Health as a Port Sanitary Authority which, in addition to the usual public health role of sanitary authorities, was responsible for sanitation on board ships entering the port and the prevention of non-quarantine diseases.


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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Newport Board of Health/Port Sanitary Authority, 1850-1885, catalogue; Warner, John, Local government in Newport 1835-1935 (Newport, 1935); Information Commissioner's Office website (, viewed 29 September 2005; Maglen, Krista, 'The First Line of Defence: British Quarantine and the Port Sanitary Authorities in the Nineteenth Century' in Social History of Medicine XV, No 3, pp.413-428.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are Gwent Record Office, D3604.2-3.

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