Western Ground Rents Ltd, Records

Scope and Content

Two rental books and a book of plans referred to in the rental books.

Administrative / Biographical History

Western Ground Rents Ltd was a syndicate headed up by Lord Kennet. In 1938 Western Ground Rents Ltd bought the urban leaseholds of the Bute Glamorgan Estate from the private family company of Mountjoy Ltd for £5m. The sale included the leases of 20,000 houses, 1000 shops and 250 public houses in Cardiff. The leaseholds were later taken over by the British Petroleum Pensions Trust as an investment.


Order at time of deposit retained.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Capital Law, Cardiff, April 2010

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Glamorgan Archives.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Louise Cordery for the Glamorgan Archives, with reference to John Davies, 'Cardiff and the Marquesses of Bute', University of Wales Press, 1981.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records ended up in the custody of Capital Law after being transferred to various companies who purchased the leaseholds.


Accruals are possible.

Related Material

Further records relating to the former Bute Glamorgan Estate leases can be found in DBDT - Debenham Tewson - Bute records. See also DA (Bute Estate Correspondence) and DB (Other Bute Estate Records), both held in the Glamorgan Archives. The main bulk of Bute Estate records, however, are held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.