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Port Talbot in the Parishes of Margam and Aberavon

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"PORT TALBOT, is a harbour in Swansea Bay, in the parish of Margam, and in the borough of, and 1 mile from, Aberavon, which latter place formerly was the port; but by an act obtained in 1834 and in 1836 to alter, amend, and further improve the said harbour, and to change its name. Also in 1840 it was further enacted by an act passed to enable the 'Port Talbot Company' to raise further monies, and to amend the acts relating to the same port, and thenceforth to be called bu its present name, and that the company incorporated by the first mentioned act should thenceforth be a body corporate by the style of the 'Port Talbot Company'.  ... More "[Slaters Commercial Directory, 1858-1859]



An online index to the book Images of Neath & Port Talbot by David Roberts [South Wales Evening Post] has been provided by Brian Wagstaffe


Business and Commerce Records

  • Robert B Byass & Co Ltd, tinplate manufacturers
    1829-1893, nd: minutes, documents books
    British Steel Records Centre, Shotton, Shotton Works, Deeside CH5 2NH - Reference: HMC list]

    Port Talbot Brick & Tile Works
    1845-59: account book
    [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: 191]

  • Port Talbot Dry Dock Company Limited, ship repairers
    1898-1971: minutes, share and financial records, inventory, salary book
    [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D X 105]
  • Port Talbot & Margam Gas Company
    1890-1949: minutes, plan, photographs
    [Glamorgan Archive Service, Cardiff]
  • Port Talbot Railway & Docks Company
    • 1836-76, 1883-1922: directors and shareholders minutes, contracts, plan, misc papers, staff register, general manager's and engineers' reports, historical files, property records etc
      [Public Record Office, Kew, London - Reference: RAIL 573-74, 1057]
    • c1895-1922, nd: stock registers
      [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D PRO/BRB 33-57, 121-124]

Church History

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • St. Theodore's Church, Port Talbot.
  • Chapel of Ease, Port Talbot.
  • Bethany Chapel, Port Talbot
  • Margam Abbey, Port Talbot.
  • Superintendant and Teachers, Bethany Chapel, Port Talbot.
  • Laying the foundation stone at St Agnes' Church, Port Talbot
  • Holy Trinity Church, Sandfields, Port Talbot

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

The church is dedicated to St. Agnes, is in the Benefice of Port Talbot St. Agnes with Oakwood, and diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be located at grid reference SS768902.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1850-1895 - - 1850-1895 -
Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited
Christchurch, Baptist - 1923-1985 - SS 74659106 WGRO
Margam Road, Calvinistic Methodist 1911-1984 - - SS 77708845 NLW

WGRO - West Glamorgan Record Office, Swansea
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth


Description and Travel

Port Talbot - on Wikipedia

Neath and Port Talbot Borough  home page

You can see pictures of Port Talbot in the Parishes of Margam and Aberavon which are provided by:



Transcript of complete name listing for Port Talbot and neighbourhood, from Slaters Directory for 1858-1859.


Emigration and Immigration

  • Port Talbot harbour
    • 1899-1968: record books of arrivals and sailings
      [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D X1m]
    • 1895-1899: ships' dues register
      [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea]


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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Port Talbot in the Parishes of Margam and Aberavon has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Various items (this is a random selection, many others on the site) - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Centre of Port Talbot
  • Station Road, Port Talbot, c. 1906
  • Aberavon and Port Talbot, General View.
  • The Market, Port Talbot
  • High Street, Port Talbot
  • Water Street, Port Talbot
  • Pen-y-Cae Mountain, Port Talbot
  • Aberavon Beach
  • General Railway Station, Port Talbot.
  • Aberavon Railway Station, Port Talbot.
  • Margam Cottage Hospital, Port Talbot
  • Margam Castle, Nr Port Talbot.
  • Mayoral Procession on the founding of Port Talbot Borough, November 1921.
  • Crowd at the departure of the Glamorgan Imperial Yeomanry from Port Talbot Station.
  • Procession, possibly a Carnival passing the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot.
  • Butcher's shop, High Street, Port Talbot.
  • A view of Water Street following the flood of 1909, with the Port Talbot Hotel at the far end of the street.
  • Marching Band possibly part of a Carnival Procession, passing the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot.
  • The Old Margam U.D.C. Fire Brigade passing the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot.

Merchant Marine

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Port Talbot Docks c1909  (multiple items)
  • The crew and committee of the Port Talbot RNLI outside the old lifeboat station at Aberavon Beach.

Military History

Memorial Service, Mansel Tinplate Works - on the People's Collection Wales site



Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Officials at the steelworks c1930
  • Morfa Colliery, Port Talbot.
  • Baldwin's Works, Port Talbot.
  • The Margam Steelworks, Port Talbot (various dates)
  • The Mansel Works, Port Talbot.
  • Two workers at the steelworks, Port Talbot c1930

Politics and Government

  • Port Talbot Borough Labour Party

1952-1963: Cwmafan ward minutes
[West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: Lab/PT]


Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Port Talbot Borough Council Records         "Records of Aberavon Borough and Port Talbot Borough Council, 1894-1970, including newspapers, 1908-1970; cine films, 1982-1986."  
  • Port Talbot District Council Records         1960s-1996

Religion and Religious Life

  • Port Talbot Free Church Federal Council

1949-84: minute books
[National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records]



Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Park School log book     1950-1964             "Park School was a senior school in Port Talbot, Glamorgan. The school was opened in 1950 and closed in 1964, to be replaced by Port Talbot Eastern Secondary School."      
  • Port Talbot Central School Records                 "......... including log books, 1899-1950; stock and inventory books, 1946-1963"
  • Port Talbot Eastern School records          "Port Talbot Eastern School was opened as Margam Copper Works School in the 19th century. It was renamed in 1902. ...................."
    "................including log books, 1868-1974; admission registers, 1904-1961; weekly summary attendance registers, 1947-1950; returns to Board of Education, 1918-1958; HMI reports, 1923-1957; departmental reports, 1919-1952; staff salary records, 1917-1959; financial records, 1957-1959; records relating to school events, 1965-1973"  
  • Port Talbot Intermediate School Records        "..... comprising minutes, 1924-1949; accounts, 1919-1948; copies of Glanafan School magazine, 'The Avonian', 1971-2002."  
  • Tirmorfa School [Port Talbot] admission registers     1956-1995

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • County School, Port Talbot
  • Sandfields School, Port Talbot.
  • Class photograph from Tirmorfa Infants School, c.1965.
  • Staff at Tirmorfa Infants School c.1965.

Social life and Customs

  • Port Talbot Lawn Tennis Cricket Club
    1910-1955: minute book
    [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D Xlm]
  • Port Talbot Municipal Choir
    c1950-1970: records
    [West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea - Reference: D/D Z 24]

Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Port Talbot Bethlehem Stars, 1922-23 season (soccer)
  • Production of 'Die Fledermaus' by the Port Talbot & District Amateur Operatic Society, c1970s.
  • Mansel Cricket Club
  • Aberavon RFC, 1919-1920 Season.


Port Talbot Historical Society