Records of the Neath Harbour Commissioners

Scope and Content

Papers marketing the first mortgage debentures scheme, 1882; letters addressed to individual debenture holders, 1882-1886; financial papers, 1887-1896; printed letters relating to the election of commissioners, 1885-c. 1890s; papers relating to the Neath Harbour Bills, 1886-1891; letters relating to the New Works, 1889-1890; other printed letters sent to debenture holders, 1884-1885.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Neath Harbour Commissioners were established by an Act of Parliament in 1800, as a body responsible for licensing pilots. The Neath Harbour Act, 1843 increased the number of Commissioners and extended their powers giving them responsibility for the administration of Neath Harbour. Further Acts followed empowering them to extend their activities. Under the powers given to them by the Neath Harbour Act, 1880, the Commissioners established a first mortgage debentures scheme, offering 3,700 debentures of £100 each, consolidating the borrowing powers given to them by the previous Acts of Parliament. The proceeds from this scheme were to be used to pay off all outstanding bonds issued since 1843 and to pay for the new construction work being carried out, including converting part of the River Neath into a floating dock, diverting the River by making a navigable channel and constructing railways.


Arranged into advertising, financial papers, papers relating to the election of commissioners, Bills for Parliament, correspondence.

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

At the West Glamorgan Archive Service are Neath Harbour records, reference D/D NHa, and Briton Ferry Estate papers (reference D/D BF) which contain papers relating to Neath Harbour.