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Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 FISOUR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company Records

Short Title: Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company records

Creation date(s): 1857-1897

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.029 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company


Administrative/Biographical history: Abortive attempts were made to improve the harbour at Lower Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, from the late 18th century onwards. However in 1859 the Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company was formed by Act of Parliament in order to build a pier and quay at Lower Fishguard Harbour. The building work was carried out between March 1860 and July 1862. The Company charged tolls on ships entering the harbour. From the late 19th century the port went into decline, and the Company eventually became insolvent, being wound up in April 1949. The separate Port of Fishguard Harbour was developed in the early 20th century.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company comprising minutes, 1857-1864; other administrative papers (notices, reports, bye-laws, specifications and estimates), 1857-1897; financial papers (account books, receipts and vouchers), 1857-1897; and correspondence with the Admiralty, the Board of Trade, firms of lawyers and others, 1857-1897. There are no records relating to the later history of the Company.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: documents relating to the formation and running of the Company, documents relating to finance, and correspondence.

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 is available online.

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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr R. S. L. Scott, BA, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire, 1962.


Related material: Further papers are in National Library of Wales, Williams and Williams Records, and Pembrokeshire Record Office, (1969 accessions).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company Records; Scott, Richard S. L., 'The Port of Fishguard', Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society 2 (1986-87), pp. 58-67.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Fishguard Harbour Improvement Company | Archives
Harbours | Wales | Fishguard

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