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Borough of NEATH - Provosts, portreeves, mayors et al

Contributed by Dai Bevan (Dec 2008)

Sources;
The History of Neath Abbey, (W. Birch) 1902
The History of the Vale of Neath, (D. R. Phillips) 1925
The Municipal Centenary Handbook 1835-1935 (notes by G. A. Taylor)  - and corporation records.

 

List of Provosts and Portreeves (C 1100-1835)

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  • 1200 Alfred.
  • 1296 Peter de Straddelaye.
  • 1298 Walter Kacheurens.
  • 1300 William Peres.
  • 1329 Elias Trons.
  • 1331 John Crugan.
  • 1332 David Appedoun.
  • 1521 Ieuan Lloyd.
  • 1648 David Price.
  • 1665 David Leyshon.
  • 1666 David Price.
  • 1667-9 David Leyshon.
  • 1680 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1681 Howel Leyshon.
  • 1682 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1683 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1684 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1685 John Llewellyn.
  • 1688 Thomas Basset.
  • 1692 Henry Howell.
  • 1693 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1697 Thomas Cralph.
  • 1699 Jacob Davies.
  • 1702 Benjamin Price.
  • 1706 John Davies.
  • 1707 John Davies.
  • 1708 Leyson Hopkin
  • 1709 Richard Thomas.
  • 1713 Leyson Hopkin.
  • 1717 Leyson Hopkin.
  • 1719 Richard Thomas.
  • 1720 Richard Thomas.
  • 1725 John Llewellyn.
  • 1726 Richard Thomas.
  • 1727 Richard Thomas.
  • 1731 John Hopkin.
  • 1732 John Hopkin.
  • 1733 John Llewllyn.
  • 1734 Richard Thomas.
  • 1736 Richard Thomas.
  • 1737 William Gabb.
  • 1738 William Gabb.
  • 1740 William Gabb.
  • 1743 David Watkins.
  • 1747 R. Weaver.
  • 1748 R. Weaver.
  • 1749 William Gabb.
  • 1750 Joseph Bosworth.
  • 1753 William Howell.
  • 1758 William Howell.
  • 1759 William Howell.
  • 1760 William Howell.
  • 1761 William Spicket.
  • 1762 William Spicket.
  • 1763 Herbert Mackworth.
  • 1764 William Cross.
  • 1765 William Cross.
  • 1766 David Hopkins.
  • 1767 David Hopkins.
  • 1768 Henry Griffiths. 
  • 1769 Henry Griffiths.
  • 1770 Thomas Hopkins.
  • 1771 Thomas Hopkins.
  • 1772 Llewellyn Price.
  • 1773 Richard Weaver.
  • 1774 William Cross.
  • 1775 William Cross.
  • 1776 William Cross.
  • 1777 Thomas David. 
  • 1778 Thomas David. 
  • 1779 Thomas Lewis. 
  • 1780 Thomas Lewis. 
  • 1781 Thomas Hopkins.
  • 1782 Thomas Hopkins.
  • 1783 William Cross.
  • 1784 William Cross.
  • 1785 Thomas David. 
  • 1786 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1787 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1788 Thomas Hopkin.
  • 1789 Evan Powell.
  • 1790 Evan Powell.
  • 1791 Evan Robson. 
  • 1792 John Mills.
  • 1793 Edward Robson.
  • 1795 Thomas Edwards.
  • 1796 Daniel Benbow.
  • 1797 Richard Pendrill.
  • 1798 Richard Pendrill.
  • 1799 Thomas Edwards.
  • 1800 Rees Rees. 
  • 1801 Thomas Leyson.
  • 1802 William Gronow.
  • 1803 Alexander Cuthertson.
  • 1803 Thomas Edwards.
  • 1804 Richard Pendrill.
  • 1805 John King.
  • 1806 Benjamin Howell.
  • 1807 John Morgan.
  • 1808 William Gronow.
  • 1809 Daniel Benbow.
  • 1810 James Coke.
  • 1811 Rees Rees.
  • 1812 Thomas Edwards.
  • 1813 Benjamin Howell.
  • 1814 Henry John Grant.
  • 1815 Thomas Edwards.
  • 1816 Benjamin Howell.
  • 1817 John Morgan.
  • 1818 James Coke.
  • 1819 James Coke.
  • 1820 James Coke.
  • 1821 David Morgan.
  • 1822 David Morgan.
  • 1823 David Morgan.
  • 1824 Henry John Grant.
  • 1825 Benjamin Howell.
  • 1826 David Powell
  • 1827 George Dods
  • 1828 Henry John Grant
  • 1829 Henry John Grant
  • 1830 Charles Warde
  • 1831 Benjamin Howell
  • 1832 David Morgan
  • 1833 David Morgan
  • 1834 David Powell
  • 1835 David Powell

 

List of Mayors 1835-1972

  • 1836 Henry John Grant.
  • 1836  Thomas Dumayne Place.
  • 1837 John Rowland.
  • 1838 Charles Warde.
  • 1839 John Rowland (vice).
  • 1839  Charles Warde (resigned).
  • 1839 John Rowland. 
  • 1840 Robert Place Leyson.
  • 1841 Thomas Dumayne Place. 
  • 1842 Howel Gwyn.
  • 1843 Robert Place Leyshon. 
  • 1844 Howel Gwyn.
  • 1845 D. H. Morgan. 
  • 1846 Sankey Carder.
  • 1847 Henry Thomas. 
  • 1848 Robert Place Leyshon. 
  • 1849 Sankey Gardner (vice).
  • 1849 Robert Place Leyshon(dec'd Aug).
  • 1849 Sankey Gardner.
  • 1850 Alexander Cuthbertson.
  • 1862 Evan Evans.
  • 1863 William Morgan.
  • 1864 Pendrill Charles.
  • 1865 John Henry Rowland.
  • 1866 Sankey Gardner.
  • 1867 William John Player.
  • 1868 Thomas Andrew.
  • 1869 Howel Chuthbertson.
  • 1870 Henry Lake.
  • 1871 John Henry Rowland.
  • 1872 David Bevan.
  • 1873 David Bevan.
  • 1874 James Kempthorne.
  • 1875 James Kempthorne.
  • 1876 Rowland Thomas.
  • 1877 Richard Bartlett.
  • 1878 Pendrill Charles.
  • 1879 John Henry Rowland.
  • 1880 John Henry Rowland.
  • 1881 David Davies. 
  • 1882 Rowland Thomas.
  • 1883 Rowland Thomas.
  • 1884 David Davies. 
  • 1885 Thomas Phillips.
  • 1886 John Henry Rowland.
  • 1887 John Rees. 
  • 1888 John Bevan Davies.
  • 1889 John Arnold.
  • 1890 William Burrows.
  • 1891 James Davies Llewellyn.
  • 1892 Evan Evans-Bevan.
  • 1894 Hopkin Morgan.
  • 1895 Hopkin Jones.
  • 1896 Arthur Russell Thomas.
  • 1897 Abraham George.
  • 1898 James Glass.
  • 1899 Pendrill Charles,
  • 1900 Lewis Cobden Thomas.
  • 1901 Pendrill Charles.
  • 1902 Evan Evans-Bevan.
  • 1903 Evan Evans-Bevan.
  • 1904 Evan Evans-Bevan.
  • 1905 Walter E. Rees.
  • 1906 Ed. Sincock Phillips.
  • 1907 John Walter Thomas.
  • 1908 Sir Griffiths Thomas Kt.
  • 1909 David Davies.
  • 1910 David Llewellyn Davies.
  • 1911 Hopkin Morgan.
  • 1912 Daniel Harry.
  • 1913 William Burrows Trick.
  • 1914 Matthew Arnold.
  • 1915 Thomas Jones.
  • 1916 Pendrill Charles.
  • 1917 Hopkin Morgan.
  • 1918 John Rees.
  • 1919 John Rowland Jones.
  • 1920 John Davies.
  • 1921 Hopkin Morgan
  • 1922 Mathias Groves Roberts.
  • 1923 Joseph Cook Rees.
  • 1924 Richard Jenkins.
  • 1925 David Chas. Davies.
  • 1926 William John Hill.
  • 1927 William Kindon Owen.
  • 1928 John Davies.
  • 1929 George Gethin.
  • 1930 William John Challacombe.
  • 1931 Benjamin R. Bowen.
  • 1932 Joseph Branch.
  • 1933 Ernest J. Hopes.
  • 1934 Thomas Cole.
  • 1935-36 George Davies.
  • 1936-37 Jno. Benjamin Williams.
  • 1937-38 Cecil R. Hedge.
  • 1938-39 Edward Chas. Hutchinson.
  • 1939-40 David Chas. Griffiths..
  • 1940-41 William Jnu. Morgan.
  • 1941-42 John Shea. 
  • 1942.43 John Emlyn Emmanuel.
  • 1943-44 James Hitchings.
  • 1944-45 Thomas Hughes.
  • 1945-46 Fredk. W. Loader. 
  • 1946-47 Philip Howells.
  • 1947-49 Eleazor Thomas. (Extension due
    to Mayoral appointment
    being changed from November to May).
  • 1949-50 S. Leonard Burton. 
  • 1950-51 Rowland Perrott.
  • 1951-52 Benjamin Morris.
  • 1952-53 W. Reginald Francis.
  • 1953-54 John Walter Jones. 
  • 1954-55 William T. Phillips.
  • 1955-56 Gilbert Rosser.
  • 1956-57 Richard Smith.
  • 1957-58 Percy A. Bishop.
  • 1958-59 Francis S. Evans.
  • 1959-60 G. Howard Davies.
  • 1960-61 William S. Watkins.
  • 1962-63 T. Ernest Molland.
  • 1963-64 Jas. Aneurin Rees.
  • 1964-65 Hilda G. Howells.
  • 1965-66 Idris G. Tallamy.
  • 1966-67 Mary Ann Moule
  • 1967-68 Meuric L. Thomas.
  • 1968-69 R. Lloyd Davies.
  • 1969-70 Leslie Morris.
  • 1970-71 Walter R. Hopes.
  • 1971-72 Gerald Hemmings.
  • 1972-73 W. Roy Hopes.
  • 1973-74 George H. Eaton.
  • 1974-75 J.E. Emmanuel.
  • 1975-76  M. R. Jeffreys.
  • 1976-77 L. C. Adams.
  • 1977-78 M. Thomas J.P
  • 1979-80 A. D. Powell.
  • 1980-81 W. J. Brown.
  • 1981-82 W. H. Cotton.
  • 1983-84 R. G. Day.
  • 1984-85 R. Bennett J.P.
  • 1985-86 C. James.
  • 1986-87 Mrs I. Hobbs.
  • 1987-88 H. Thomas.

 

Recipients of the Freedom of the Borough.

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  • Henry Pendrill Charles. 1900
  • Sir Samuel Thomas Evans K.C.M.P. (Solicitor General). 1908.
  • The Rt. Hon. David Lloyd George (Prime Minister). 1918.
  • Evan Evans-Bevan. 1923.
  • Hopkin Morgan. 1923.
  • Ernest James Rollings. 1932.
  • The Rt. Hon. Hugh Dalton (Chancellor of the Exchequer). 1946.
  • David Martyn Evans Bevan. 1949.
  • Alfred Edwin Ivor Curtiss. 1954.
  • Neath Rugby Football club. 1971.
  • John Emlyn Emannuel 1979
  • Walter Redvers Hopes 1984
  • Ivor K. Thorne 1986

Additional data below (from Charles Henrywood)

  • Griffiths, George  (1989)  Council Chief Executive
  • Penny, Stuart  (1996)  Council Chief Executive
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  • 18th April 1993, the Royal Regiment of Wales was awarded the Freedom.