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Evans and Bevan Anthracite Collieries, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EVAVAN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Evans and Bevan Anthracite Collieries Records

Short Title: Evans and Bevan Anthracite Collieries, records

Creation date(s): 1865-1912

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.972 cubic metres (106 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Evans and Bevan Ltd.


Administrative/Biographical history: From the 1870s the Evans-Bevan family began to exploit the coal reserves in the Dulais Valley. The family opened numerous collieries in the area, the Seven Sisters pit perhaps being one of the most well-known. David Bevan had started to sink the pit in 1872 and it was completed by 1875. The pit was named after the seven daughters of David Bevan. The family owned the pit until Nationalisation in 1947. By the 1940s the Evans-Bevan family owned a total of seven collieries within seven miles of each other.


Scope and content/abstract: General account books, 1868-1911, including cash books, 1884-1900, coal sales and general ledgers, 1872-1903, coal shipment books and files, 1868-1911, and receipt files, 1882-1906; and colliery account books (by colliery), 1865-1912.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: general account books and files; colliery account books (subdivided into Brynteg Colliery, Cadoxton Collieries, Crynant Colliery, Gellia-Cadoxton Colliery, Gellia Colliery, Maesymarchog Colliery, Miscellaneous Collieries; Onllwyn Colliery, Rhyding Colliery, Seven Sisters Colliery; and Tor Cefn March Howell Colliery).

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line from:

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Messrs. Evans and Bevan, Ltd., Neath, 1936.



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: NLW, Schedule of Evans And Bevan Anthracite collieries Records; The South Wales Coal Mining Trail website (; and WWW Neath Port Talbot Museums Service website, viewed 25 January 2006.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Coal mines and mining | Wales | Accounting
Coal mines and mining | Wales | Glamorgan
Coal | Transportation | Accounting
Evans & Bevan | Records and correspondence
Wages | Accounting

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