Carmarthenshire Archive Service
Laugharne Corporation Records
Reference code(s): GB 0211 LAUGHARNE
Title: Laugharne Corporation Records
Short title: Laugharne Corporation records
Dates of creation: [c. 1283]- [20th century]
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 0.51cubic metres
Name of creator(s): Laugharne Corporation
Administrative and biographical history: The town of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, on the west bank of the Tâf estuary, received its charter from Sir Guy de Brian, Lord of Laugharne, in 1290. He created a Corporation, administered by a portreeve and his court of aldermen and burgesses. The Corporation is still in operation. The Corporation held a court-leet half-yearly dealing with criminal cases, and a court-baron every fortnight, dealing with civil suits within the lordship, especially in matters related to land.
Scope and content: Minute books, 1711-1966, containing a record of the proceedings of the Courts Leet and Courts Baron of Laugharne including a complete list of burgesses from 1711-1895; Burgess admissions, 1793-1959; legal materials such as leases, 1714-1927 and other other deeds, 1613-1950; financial materials including rent rolls and rent collecting books, 1814-1935, accounts of various officials, 1647-1888, cancelled cheques, 1889-1944, vouchers and receipts, 1728-1935 and other miscellaneous financial documents, 1727-1948; correspondence, 1812-1939; maps and plans, [18th century]-[20th century], and miscellaneous sections on constitution, [c. 1283]-1960; administration, 1568-1966; Acts of Parliament, 1817-1885; Corporation land, 1837-1914 and other miscellaneous, 1704-1931.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/script: English, Latin
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following : minute books; Burgess admissions; legal material; financial material; correspondence; maps and plans; miscellaneous sections.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions.
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Carmarthenshire Archive Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected.
Archival history: The archive was stored in the Town Hall, Laugharne though some items such as the town charter were stored in Barclays Bank, St Clears.
Immediate source of acquisition: Handed by Alderman T. Fleming Williams, the Recorder of Laugharne, and Lt Col R. A. Tucker, on 17th March 1966.
Related units of description: Further records are Carmarthenshire Archives, Laugharne Corporation Additional records.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Handlist of the Laugharne Corporation Muniments; Williams, E. V., Laugharne Corporation (Laugharne, 2001).
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH
Date(s) of description: October 2003