Crane St, Pontypool, Baptist Chapel Records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records of Trosnant / Crane Street (English) Baptist Church, Pontypool, 1836-1992, including minute books, 1836-1987; register books, 1836-1967; deeds and other legal papers, 1847-1991; financial records, 1910-1985, including account books, 1929-1985, and balance sheets, 1910-1983; correspondence relating to the church building, 1895-1985; centenary booklets and histories, 1931-1986; annual reports and newsletters, 1890-1981; programmes for services, 1937-1989; newspaper cuttings, 1869-1990; photographs, 1870-1987; reports to Annual General Meetings, 1985-1992; artefacts, 1909-1932; miscellaneous items relating to Zion (Lower Trosnant) Baptist Church, 1844-1911.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first attempts to establish English Baptist church services in Pontypool, Monmouthshire, were in about 1815. In 1836 the Pontypool English Baptist Association acquired its first chapel in Lower Trosnant, Pontypool, rented from the Society of Friends. The Crane Street Baptist Chapel, Trosnant, erected at a cost of over £2,000, was opened in April 1847 under the leadership of the Rev. Dr Thomas, formerly a minister in London. By 1870 the congregation had gathered sufficient resources to expand further with the addition of side galleries and other improvements. Zion Particular Baptist chapel at Lower Trosnant, Pontypool, was formed in May 1844 as a result of the secession of 110 members from the Welsh Particular Baptist chapel at Upper Trosnant. Zion Trosnant became amalgamated into fellowship with Crane Street in July 1878.


Arranged into the following: minute book; register books; legal records; financial records; correspondence; printed material; pictorial; miscellaneous; artefacts.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of records of Trosnant/Crane St. English Baptist Church, Pontypool and Zion (Lower Trosnant) Baptist Church, Pontypool.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected