Cardiff Burial Board Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Cardiff Burial Board, 1855-1951: minutes, 1855-1873; burial registers for Cathays cemetery, 1859-1951; registers of grants of deeds for grave spaces, 1924-1947; cash books, 1885-1935 (incomplete); ministers' fee book, 1903-1906; committee expenditure book, 1919-1925; wages books, 1887-1922; register of mortgages, 1859-1860.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cardiff Burial Board was set up in about 1856, by Cardiff Borough Council, Glamorgan, (which constituted the board and initially held meetings at the close of the main council meetings). The exact status of the board in relation to the Council is unclear, but by 1879, it had effectively become a council committee, and minutes of its meetings are held in the main series of council minutes. The Burial Board purchased land for a cemetery at Roath, Glamorgan, at that time outside the town boundaries, and the cemetery opened in 1859.


Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access


No restrictions.


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 Cardiff Burial Board; Riden, Philip, Records Sources for Local History, (London, 1987); Hey, David, The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History, (Oxford, 1996); Stephens, W.B., Sources for English Local History, (Cambridge, 1981).

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available online

Archivist's Note

Revised by M Wilcox for the Glamorgan Archives, Jul 2010.

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



Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further records are Glamorgan Archives, DX 218, Cardiff Cemeteries Department, printed regulations; DXD, Cardiff burial ground, grant of grave space, 1878, and masons' bills; DXEX 3,6, burial plot certificates, 1863 and 1891; DBAP 15/41-43, certificates of right of burial, 1902-1910; BC, Cardiff Borough/County Borough Council, printed set of minutes from 1879, contain minutes of Burial Board Committee. Complete series of burial registers for all Cardiff cemeteries are held by Cardiff County Council Bereavement Services, Thornhill Road, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5UA.

Location of Originals

The burial registers are duplicates of original registers held by Cardiff County Council Bereavement Services.

Geographical Names