Ystradyfodwg Burial Board Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Ystradyfodwg Burial Board, 1871-1896, including: minutes, Llantrisant District and Llanwonno District, 1879-1880; registers of mortgages, Ystradyfodwg District, 1871-1881, Llantrisant and Llanwonno Districts, 1881; abstracts of accounts, all districts, 1880-1896; bank pass books, all districts, 1880-1896; precepts to overseers, all districts, 1880-1896; local taxation returns and correspondence, Llantrisant District, 1882-1896; and notices of vestry meetings, Llantrisant District, 1885-1895. (Note that there are no minutes for the Ystradyfodwg Burial Board).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ystradyfodwg Burial Board (Glamorgan) was established about 1871, by the Ystradyfodwg parish vestry, and covered the parish of Ystradyfodwg, Rhondda (Glamorgan). In 1877, the Ystradyfodwg Local Board was set up, covering the parish of Ystradyfodwg, and parts of the parishes of Llantrisant and Llanwonno. Burial boards were therefore set up in December 1879, for the 'Llantrisant District' (that part of the parish of Llantrisant which lay within the Ystradyfodwg Local Board) and the `Llanwonno District' (the part of Llanwonno parish which lay within the Local Board). These two new Boards then joined with the existing Ystradyfodwg Board to form the Ystradyfodwg Joint Burial Board. The meetings of the Llantrisant District and the Llanwonno District, however, were held merely to authorise the precept of money from the rates, and the contribution of the money collected to the Joint Board. The minutes of the Ystradyfodwg Burial Board have not survived among the records in the collection, but it appears that it was at these meetings that all decisions relating to the provision and running of the cemeteries were made. Several cemeteries were provided by the Joint Board, among them Treorchy (opened 1871), Ferndale (between Maerdy and Ferndale, opened [c1875]), and Llethridd Cemetery, Trealaw (between Porth and Trealaw, opened [c1879]). Ystradyfodwg Urban District Council took over all three Burial Boards in March 1896.


The records are arranged by district. Note: two bundles of records arranged under the Ystradyfodwg District contain material relating to all three districts.

Access Information


No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Rhondda Urban District Council on 24 November 1949.


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 Ystradyfodwg 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

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Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records offered have been retained.

Custodial History

The records appear to have been transferred to Ystradyfodwg Urban District Council. In 1897, its name was changed to Rhondda Urban District Council.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Related material is Glamorgan Archives, P6260-63, Llantrisant parish, Burial Board rate books, 1880, 1882, 1886; UDRC/1, Rhondda Urban District Council minutes; UDRC 40/1-11, Rhondda Urban District Council, grants of rights of burial, 1933-1945; UDRC 65/3,65/5, 65/6, 65/9, Rhondda Urban District Council, filing re cemeteries. Burial registers for Treorchy, Trealaw and Ferndale Cemeteries are held by Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, and are kept at the cemeteries; for details of contact addresses, see Glamorgan Archives Research Guide 'Municipal Cemeteries' (available from the Glamorgan Archives website).