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Cwmbran Development Corporation records

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D2603

Held at: Gwent Archives

Title: Catalogue of the Records of the Cwmbran Development Corporation

Short Title: Cwmbran Development Corporation records

Creation date(s): 1871-1990

Level of description: Fonds


Name of creator(s): Cwmbran Development Corporation/The Commission for the New Towns


Administrative/Biographical history: Cwmbran is a town located in South East Wales. It was designated as the eleventh New Town in England and Wales under the New Towns Act 1946 and it the first and only New Town designated in Wales. The Town was intended primarily to provide homes near work for those employed in the area and providing social and commercial facilities to preserve open spaces, aiming for a balanced and self-contained community. In 1949 the Cwmbran Development Corporation was established to oversee the building a whole 'new town', and construction began in 1951. The Corporation had the responsibility for acquiring most of the freehold of the designated area and to carry out or closely control all building work. With the depression of the late 1970s Cwmbran Development Corporation changed its focus on development from housing to industry. The Cwmbran Development Corporation ended its responsibilities with the transfer of property and dissolution order 1988, with Torfaen County Borough Council taking responsibility for Cwmbran New Town and the eastern valley.


Scope and content/abstract: Cwmbran Development Corporation general manager and managing director minutes, 1949-1987; committee minutes, 1953-1987; registers and books, 1951-1984; general reports, 1951-1988; annual reports, 1950-1987; correspondence and miscellaneous, 1949-1988; maps and plans; title deeds, 1951-1975; technical officers general reports, 1970-1985; correspondence and miscellaneous relating to Court Road Industrial Estate, phase 3, 1980-1990; Ordnance Survey maps; Planning officers correspondence and miscellaneous, 1951-1986; Estate officers correspondence and miscellaneous, 1871-1985


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: general manager and managing director; finance officers; technical officers; planning officers; estate officers

Conditions governing access: Restricted access. Records less than 30 years old are closed, and may only be seen by specific permission of the Commission for the New Towns.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Library of Wales.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Publication note: Riden, Philip Rebuilding a Valley: a History of Cwmbran Development Corporation, (Cwmbran, 1988)


Note: Title 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: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of the Records of the Cwmbran Development Corporation; Riden, Philip Rebuilding a Valley: a History of Cwmbran Development Corporation, (Cwmbran, 1988); Cwmbran Newtown History ( viewed 18 August 2005.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2005

City planning | Wales | Cwmbran
Community development | Wales | Cwmbran
Cwmbran Development Corporation | Archives
Industrial policy | Wales | Cwmbran
Public housing | Wales | Cwmbran

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Cwmbran Development Corporation

Cwmbrân (Wales)

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