Borough of Barry Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Barry Borough Council, 1894-1974, including minutes of the borough council and committees, and of its predecessors, 1894-1974; clerk's filing, letter books, education filing, letter books, and accounts, 1903-1945; private street works plans, 1875-1914; building regulation plans, c1880s-c1910s (incomplete series) and abstract of accounts, 1899-1967.

Administrative / Biographical History

Barry (Glamorgan), was incorporated as a Municipal Borough by royal charter in September 1939. The Borough was the successor to Barry and Cadoxton Local Board (1888-1894) and Barry Urban District Council (1894-1939). The area covered by the borough comprised Barry, Cadoxton-juxta-Barry, Merthyr Dyfan and parts of Penmark, Porthkerry and Sully. In 1974, it was abolished and its functions taken over by the Vale of Glamorgan District Council and South Glamorgan County Council.


Arranged by type and date.

Access Information

Public records

Most of the records are open. However, some of the records contain material of a sensitive nature relating to named individuals. These records are closed to the public for 100 years, at the discretion of the Glamorgan Archivist.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Barry and Codoxton Local Board, Barry Urban District Council, Barry Borough Council and successor authorities at various dates.


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 Barry; Riden, Philip, Records Sources for Local History, (London, 1987); Stephens, W. B., Sources for English Local History, (Cambridge, 1981).

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available online.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Heather Mountjoy for Glamorgan Archives..

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives. Series of clerk's filing and letter books have been sampled.

Custodial History

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


Accrurals are not expected.

Related Material

Related material in the Glamorgan Archives: LBB, Barry Local Board; UC, Cardiff Union; BUB, Barry Burial Board; GCPH 35, 36, reports of the Medical Officer of Health, 1892-1910, 1940-1964; and DAW, personal papers of Stanley S. Awbrey, 1927-1941.

Geographical Names