Merthyr Tydfil Borough Records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the Merthyr Tydfil Borough and County Borough, 1852-1973, includes: education committee minute books, 1904-1973; education committee minute books, 1920-1973; agenda books, 1944-1948; clerk and director of education, 1904-1922; papers relating to staffing, 1902-1927; education schemes, 1910-1947; miscellaneous school and college records, 1894-1943; Cyfarthfa Castle Municipal Secondary schools, 1910-1949; accounts and salaries, 1906-1957; and regulations, statutes, reports and circulars, 1904-1974; Overcrowding Survey records, 1936; Housing Inspection registers and notebooks 1930s; Inspection sheets, 1960s; registers of dwellings, 1960s; plans and drawings of Gurnos Estate, 1950s; Fire Brigade occurrence books, 1941-1974

Administrative / Biographical History

The Merthyr Tydfil Corporation Act 1905 resulted in the formation of the Municipal Borough of Merthyr Tydfil (Glamorgan). The borough was divided into eight wards: Cyfarthfa, Dowlais, Park, Town, Penydarren, Plymouth, Merthyr Vale, and Treharris. The borough took over the responsibilities of Merthyr Tydfil Urban District Council for public health, water, sewerage, isolation hospitals, highways, housing, bridges, scavenging, and public elementary schools. In 1908, the borough was granted County Borough status and undertook the additional responsibilities for the police, Commission of the Peace, Court of Quarter Sessions and secondary education; it was empowered to levy rates. In 1974, following local government reorganisation, Merthyr Tydfil lost its county borough status, although it retained its borough status and mayor. The District Council replaced the old borough council within the new county of Mid Glamorgan, and responsibility for education, highways, planning, fire and ambulance services was transferred to that authority. The area of the District Council was extended to include Vaynor (formerly in Brecknockshire) and Bedlinog.

Arrangement

Chronological within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

Public records

Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Record Office policy.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Merthyr Tydfil Borough and its successors at various intervals. Additional transfers received from Merthyr Tydfil Public Library Service Oct 2012 and Afon Taf High School Sep 2014

Note

Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue of records for the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil; Riden, Philip, Records Sources for Local History, (London, 1987); The Story of Merthyr Tydfil, Compiled by Members of the Merthyr Teachers' Association (Cardiff, 1932).

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at Glamorgan Archives.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair condition

Archivist's Note

Revised by Andrew Thynne for Glamorgan Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply.

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.

Accruals

Accruals are possible.

Related Material

Further records in the Glamorgan Archives are ESB70, Merthyr Tydfil School Board; LBMT, Merthyr Tydfil Board of Health; UM, Merthyr Tydfil Poor Law Union; UDMT, Merthyr Tydfil Urban District Council; M, Mid Glamorgan County Council; and DVAU Box 5, Vaughan Collection; and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Library

Geographical Names