Edwin Miles Photographic Collection

Scope and Content

Edwin Miles Photographic Collection comprising of black and white photographic glass negatives of scenes from Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan taken by Edwin Miles for the production of postcards, 1900-1929

Administrative / Biographical History

Edwin Miles (c1869-1929) was born in Bristol, the son of Joseph Miles and his wife Sarah Ann, but by the date of the 1881 census his family had moved to Llanfihangel, Llantarnam, Monmouthshire. In January 1892 he married Mary Emma Thomas at Llantrisant parish church when he was described as a signalman of St George-super-Ely. By 1901 he was living in Cowbridge Road, Oldcastle. The earliest evidence for his photographic career is a postcard published by him of John Street, Porthcawl, postmarked 1905 (DART/V/203: withdrawn from Glamorgan Archives by the depositor ). He ran photographic studios at number 40 Ewenny Road, Bridgend, and High Street, Cowbridge, primarily photographing family groups, weddings and parties. A report on his funeral can be found in the May 10th issue of the Glamorgan Gazette on page 5.


Arranged chronologically by record series

Conditions Governing Access

Glass negatives will only be produced for searchers in special circumstances. Positive digital copies are available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Deposited by a private individual, 2004

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fragile, Digital copies available

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply; Copyright expired 70 years after the death of the photographer, ie April 1999

Appraisal Information

All records offered have been accepted and listed

Custodial History

468 glass negatives in 10 wooden boxes


Accruals are possible