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Neath Abbey

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The NAS Secretary gives her report




Anyone who has spent time studying gravestones will realise that some memorials are imposing structures with artistic and architectural embellishments with epitaphs that leave you in no doubt of the fame of the deceased.  Many others are plainly inscribed and give little clue about someone who may have been well known at the time of their demise but who has been forgotten with the passing of time.

Martyn Griffiths tells us of such a person in News & Members Articles    

Much welcome words of thanks

Jim Vorous lives in Bridgeville, Delaware USA and in tracing his family history discovered that his grandmother Minnie Morton of Neath, had emigrated sometime after 1896.  Aware of her religious background he wrote to thirty five different churches and chapels in the Neath area seeking information.

One of our members and local author who lives in Resolven but attends Bethania Chapel in Skewen, picked up his enquiry and aided by the facilities available at the Neath Mechanics' Institution was able to help him with his quest.

The Neath Antiquarian Society is pleased to publish her complimentary remarks which will hopefully encourage others to 'Come on In'.

……….although I am researching a topic that does not bring me into the NMI regularly, I still call in occasionally and so I was keen to follow this query [from Mr Vorous] up.  Andy (from WGAS) was of immense help and we did find a significant amount of information from the 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses…………….. My point of               writing to you is this - it's FANTASTIC to have a facility such as the Neath Antiquarian Society Archive available. I am not computerised and would have no chance of researching such a wide range of topics [at home].


Also I found the 1839 Neath Abbey Estate sale catalogue extremely interesting and I would also like to thank Mr David Michael for his article that appeared in the Skewen 'Hanes' publication.    

The Society (and WGAS) is glad to be of service to our 'customers'.   

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Please be aware that our days of opening are 

Monday and Thursday

For researchers requiring access to the NAS archive only and  who are unable to attend on these two days (e.g. distance/foreign visitors) it may be possible to arrange an appointment.  Please consult the 'News' and 'Contact Us' buttons on the left hand menu for further information.

Neath Mechanics' Institute, Church Place, Neath, home of the Society

Formed in 1923 (from the earlier Neath Philosophical Society of 1834), the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.

Over the decades a considerable amount of material was amassed, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, but this was not available to the general public and lacked a proper catalogue. The year 2001 saw the launch of the project 'Unlocking Neath's Archival Heritage', a joint venture between the Neath Antiquarian Society and the West Glamorgan Archive Service: with Heritage Lottery Funding, the entire archive collection was catalogued in detail by staff from the West Glamorgan Archive Service to make it fully available to the public for the first time in 2003.


Where can the documents be seen?

The Neath Antiquarian Society archive collections are held at the Neath Mechanics' Institute.   Click here for details of opening hours.


What archives are available?

Records of the Neath Antiquarian Society

Research papers of prominent local historians connected with the Society.

Borough of Neath & Neath Corporation records.

Records of manors and estates, including Gnoll, Eaglesbush, Briton Ferry, Bach-y-gwreiddyn, Little Hill, etc.

Coytrahen and Neath Abbey Estate records.

Collections of documents regarding local events, businesses, chapels and industry.

Maps and plans of the local area.

Advertising material & other related ephemera.

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The Neath Antiquarian Society claims overall copyright on material posted on this website under the Copyright Acts and the restrictions imposed by those Acts.  The copyright of certain articles on this website remains the exclusive property of the individual authors.  If in doubt, please ask.  Ignorance of copyright rules is no excuse for violation.  

All information is presented in good faith and no responsibility can be accepted for any omissions or errors that may occur from time to time.


1. Thanks to the County & City of Swansea and their officials for providing information pages relating to the Neath Antiquarian Society within their website and for their continued support of the Society's objectives.

2. Thanks to Neath Heritage Scene - for inaugurating this website and also for its work in the common aim of preserving our local history and heritage for present and future generations.

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