Aberavon Borough Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Borough of Aberavon, c.1307-1917, including charter c.1307; burgess roll, 1861-1882; Aberavon Borough Council minute books, 1861-1914; Highway and General Purposes Committee minutes books, 1861-1914; Finance Committee minute books, 1861-1914; Water Works Committee minute books, 1895-1914; Gas Committee records, 1875-1910; Markets Committee minute books, 1887-1914; records relating to the election and enrolment of Borough Council officials, 1861-1880.

Administrative / Biographical History

Aberavon, Glamorgan, was a chartered town established by the Avene family during the 12th century. In 1372 Aberavon received a further charter from Edward Le Despenser, into whose family the lordship had come on an exchange of land. Borough government was reformed under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, with the provision of elected councils and improved financial regulation. The Borough of Aberavon was reformed in 1861 as the result of a commission into the viability of the borough, and the reformed borough was headed by a mayor, aldermen and burgesses. In 1921 the Borough of Aberavon merged with Margam Urban District Council and parts of Neath Rural District Council to form the Borough of Port Talbot.


Arranged into the following: Records of Aberavon Borough before 1861; Records relating to the extension of the Borough of Aberavon in 1921; Records relating to the reformed borough in 1861; Aberavon Borough Council; General Purposes Committee; Highways and General Purposes Committee; Finance Committee; Water Works Committee; Gas Committee; Markets Committee; Standing Orders and Byelaws Committee; Elections and enrolment; Finance.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Aberavon Borough Records, catalogue; Collis, Kim, The West Glamorgan Archive Service, A Guide to the Collections (Swansea, 1998).

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 deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.


Accruals are possible

Related Material

Further records of Aberavon Borough Council and successor bodies are West Glamorgan Archive Service, B/PT, PTL B/A and PTL B/PT.

Geographical Names