Rhondda Police Court Mission Council, Records

Scope and Content

Minutes book, 1927-1940; Probation register, 1918-1926

Administrative / Biographical History

Police Court Missions were established after 1876 under the auspices of the Church of England Temperance Society and its local branches, with the aim of tackling the social causes of intemperance and its consequences and helping those driven to crime by extreme poverty. The Police Court Missionaries, of whom there were over 100 by 1900, would stand bail for the release of suitable offenders. Gradually their responsibilities went beyond the supervision of offenders released on bail to include finding accommodation for those released from prison or court, marital conciliation and working with difficult children. The Police Court Mission Council of the Rhondda often met at local chapels and preachers and probation officers attended. The Council also received reports from the Llety, a refuge for homeless women and girls established in the Rhondda in 1922.

Arrangement

Chronological within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Pontypridd Historical Centre Jun 2013

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available online

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by H Thomas for Glamorgan Archives, with reference to The National Archives website (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/) viewed 13 Aug 2014

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

The records were passed to the Pontypridd Historical Centre by an unidentified source possibly the local authority when it was clearing office space. The Centre subsequently transferred the records to Glamorgan Archives June 2013.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.