Borough of Llantrisant, Records

Scope and Content

Charter, 1424;

Records relating to the Court Leet View of Frankpledge, 1743-1819;

Papers concerning burgage rents, 1827-1878;

Papers relating to parliamentary elections, 1848-1886;

Miscellaneous borough papers, 1630-[c 1800];

and correspondence and minutes, 1766-1912.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Borough of Llantrisant (Glamorgan) was established in c. 1246, and the first charter was granted in 1346. Prior to the Reform of Parliament Act 1832, the boroughs of Llantrisant, Cardiff, Cowbridge, Kenfig, Aberavon, Neath, Swansea, and Loughor, voted together, and sent one burgess to parliament. After 1832, Llantrisant, Cardiff and Cowbridge jointly sent one member, and continued to do so until the Representation of the People Act 1918. Llantrisant's only court was the Court Leet View of Frankpledge, meeting in May and October, responsible for making bye-laws, general orders, and the administration of the markets. The Borough's powers were gradually superseded, and under the terms of the Municipal Corporations Act 1883, Llantrisant Borough was dissolved. In 1889, Llantrisant Town Trust was established under an order of the Charity Commissioners to administer ancient borough property; to manage the common; to enrol freemen; to maintain the pump; and to improve the town.


Arranged by type and date.

Access Information

The majority of the records are on open access. For preservation reasons, the original charter will not be produced for research and photocopies will be made available in its place.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Borough of Llantrisant and its successors at various dates.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair condition

Archivist's Note

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 Llantrisant; Weinbaum, M., British Borough Charters, (Cambridge, 1943); Lewis, Dillwyn, The History of Llantrisant, (Great Britain, 1975); Soulsby, I., The Towns of Medieval Wales, (Chichester, 1983)

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

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


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further records in the Glamorgan Archives are RDLL, Llantrisant and Llantwit Fardre Rural District Council; GCC, Glamorgan County Council; and DBB 1-6, Llantrisant Town Trust.

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