Papers of the Neath Canal Company

Scope and Content

Deeds, 1794-1813; papers relating to a legal dispute, 1824-1825; other papers, 1839-1881.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Neath Canal Company was formed in the late 18th century, and obtained an Act of Parliament authorising the purchase of land for the canal. The canal was opened in stages over the next few years, and eventually ran from Glynneath to Melincryddan, along the south-eastern side of the Neath Valley. It was particularly important in linking the smelting industries of the lower Neath valley with sources of coal to the north and with the sea to the south west.


Arranged into deeds, papers relating to a legal dispute, and other papers.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Source not recorded.


Compiled by Andrew Dulley for the ANW project.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the Neath Mechanics' Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further records of the Neath Canal Company are held at the West Glamorgan Archive Service in Swansea, but the collection is restricted and permission must be sought to consult the documents.