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 Old Neath Registrar`s Office
 Wind Street, Neath
   This building housed the Neath Registrar`s office in the mid 1900`s. It saw a change of use  about 1970 when the office transferred to a building behind the Parade. It was later moved to its present site in London Road.
    Was it always the Registrar`s Office? The structure which protrudes above the roof carries the words : Rebuilt in 1868, so it seems there was a previous building here.
   An 1858/9 Trade Directory gives a list of :      REGISTRARS 
  of Births, Deaths, & Marriages
     Superintendent - Mr. Alexander Cuthbertson, Wind street
     Registrar of Marriages - James Kempthorne, Wind st
     Registrars of Births and Deaths :- 
  Neath District - David Arthur, Neath
 Ystradvellte District - Philip Davies, Rheola
 Cadoxton District - Wm. Morgan Jones, Skewen
Margam District - Geo. Jones, Aberavon
Ystradgynlais District - Richard Lewis, Ystradgynlais
 Llansamlet District - William Rees, Llansamlet

Alexander Cuthbertson was a well known solicitor in Neath at this time and he had his offices in Water Street. His address as Superintendent of Registar`s is given as Wind Street so this could very well have been the site of the original Registrar`s Office.
Other Registrars
  Certificates I have of the 1840`s show a W. P. Rees as Registrar. This is him in the 1851 census :
Address: WATER STREET   
REES   WILLIAM   RICHARD  HD M  62 
 PARISH CLERK & REGISTRAR  GLA NEATH   (c1789)
  In the 1850`s the name of James Kempthorne comes in :
KEMPTHORNE   JAMES         HD M  24   SOL.GEN.CK/REG.MRGS,NEATH  CON St IVES c1827)
 
Church Place - North Side
 These are the backs of buildings which face onto Old Market Street.  St. Thomas` Church railings are in the left foreground.
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