Apostolic Church Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Apostlic Church, Great Britain and Wales, 1904-1990, including financial records, 1971-1988; official handbooks, 1979-1987; hymn books, 1946-1960; periodicals, 1926-1989; The Apostolic Messenger magazine, 1981-1987; newsletters, 1956-1987; celebratory programmes, 1933-1987; promoting material, 1945-1990; letters, 1957-1982; photographs, c.1915-1986; artefacts, c.1930-c.1980; copies of the Evening Express and Evening Mail relating to Evan Roberts of Loughor and the Revival of 1904-1905, 1904-1905.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Apostolic Church originated in Great Britain by James E Worsfold. In Wales Evan Roberts of Loughor played an important role in the Apostolic movement. The development of the Apostolic Church in Wales took place with its headquarters at Penygroes, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. Other churches in Wales are Aberaman, Abergavenny, Ammanford, Bridgend, Brynmawr, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Cornelly, Cwmavon, Cwmdu, Cwmllynfell,Cymmer, Ebbw Vale, Glynneath, Kidwelly, Llandybie, Llanelli, Llangynwyd, Llwynhendy, Maesteg, Neath, Newport, Pembroke, Penygroes, Pontardawe, Pontardulais, Pontllanfraith, Porth, Rassau, Resolven, Rhyl, Skewen, Swansea, Trealaw, Trecynon, Tumble, Wrexham and Ystradgynlais. There is material relating to the 1904-1905 Revival when there were reports in the press of what meetings were held. The Evening Express and Evening Mail, a Cardiff-based paper, brought out revival editions which consisted of a broadsheet, folded in half, with advertising on the front page, with the two inside pages and the back page dedicated to news of the Revival. There is information of meetings across Wales, England and details of related foreign revival movements, music and words for popular hymns, and pictures of people and places connected with the Revival.


Arranged into the following: financial records; official handbooks of The Apostolic Church, hymn books, Church periodicals, Herald of Grace booklet, The Welsh Churchman, magazine, The Apostolic Messenger magazine, newsletters, celebratory programmes, printed material promoting the work of The Apostolic Church and advertising its events, letters, photographs, miscellaneous, artefacts, and copies of the Evening Express and Evening Mail relating to Evan Roberts of Loughor and the Revival of 1904-1905.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Apostolic Church Records, catalogue; The Apostolic Church of Great Britain and Ireland website (www.apostolic-church.org/), viewed 7 September 2005.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

The papers of the 1904-1905 Revival were held by Pastor M. J. Seaborne, formerly of Ebbw Vale, later of Neath.


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