Risca Coal and Iron Company, Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Risca Coal and Iron Company.. The collection consists of financial records only, namely pay books for the works at Risca.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1836 John Russell purchased workings in the Waunfawr area for £50,000 and opened the Black Vein Colliery on the site in 1841. Russell formed the Risca Coal and Iron Company in 1847 to run the pit. In 1866 Thomas Rhodes bought the colliery which he then sold on to the London and South Wales Colliery Company in 1872.


An artificial arrangement has been imposed on the collection, with items catalogued under the series: Finance

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the National Coal Board on 26 Oct 1966.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Louise Clarke for Glamorgan Archives, with reference to Lawrence, Ray, Mines of the South Wales Coalfield, Colliery Index, 2009.

This catalogue was produced with support from the Wellcome Trust as part of the cataloguing project, 'Glamorgan's Blood: Dark Arteries, Old Veins’.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

This collection is made up of material deposited by the National Coal Board on 26 Oct 1966.

This collection has been brought together from the following accession: DNCB/23 (acc no: U1966/2140).


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Related records are held at Glamorgan Archives. See D1422 for records of London and South Wales Coal Company. See D1411 for records of United National Collieries Ltd. See D1404 for records of Ocean and United National Collieries.