Catalogue of Charity Comission Accounts

Scope and Content

Local charity accounts of various parishes in Gwent, 1853-1955

Administrative / Biographical History

The Charity Commission, established in 1853, monitors the activities of charities in England and Wales on behalf of the government, and receives information and accounts from the trustees of the charities. These are public records, and one of the Commission's responsibilities is to hand over the records to the Public Record Office (now The National Archives), which selects those meriting permanent retention. Those not selected are offered to the relevant local record offices, and if unwanted are destroyed. These papers deal with charities in Gwent.


Arranged alphabetically into parishes.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Public Record Office


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of Charity Comission Accounts, Charity Commission; Hey, David,The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997); Charity Commission for England and Wales website (, viewed 18 August 2005.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited have been retained


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

For further information held at the Gwent Record Office on many of the listed charities, refer to the reports of the Charity Comissioners on charities on Monmouthshire, 1819-1837 (C.Misc.R.I.) and in England and Wales, 1859-1897 (C.Misc.R.6.). and to the Index of Gwent Charities.

Geographical Names