Brynmawr and Abertillery Methodist Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Brynmawr and Abertillery Methodist circuits, 1872-1987, including minute books, 1890-1915; Abertillery Circuit records, 1965-1987; Brynmawr Circuit records, 1872-1962; Aberbeeg Methodist chapel records, 1943-1986; Abertillery Methodist chapel records, 1888-1987; Blaenau Gwent Methodist Church Trust account book. 1927-1965; Cwmtillery Methodist chapel records, 1903-1974; Garnfach Methodist Church, Nantyglo, minute books, 1926-1970; registers, 1871-1978.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wesleyanism, or Wesleyan Methodism, is the doctrine of the Methodist Church established by John Wesley (1703-1790) who preached in Wales between 1739 and 1790. Wesleyan Methodism in Wales served both English- and Welsh-speaking communities, with parallel organisations (individual chapels linked to form Circuits, which were part of Districts). The Brynmawr and Abertillery circuits were part of the South Wales District. Wesleyan Methodists are known as Methodists in England and the common use of Methodist in Wales relates to the Calvinistic Methodists. Abertillery Circuit was created out of Brynmawr Circuit in 1963.


Arranged into the following: Minute books; Circuit records; Papers relating to Brynmawr Methodist Circuit; Chapel records; Registers.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Source not recorded


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Gwent Record Office, Abertillery Methodist Circuit Records, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office and the National Register of Archives

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are possible

Related Material

Further records of the Abertillery and Brynmawr Methodist Circuits are Gwent Record Office, D1995 and D3097.