Insole Family Ely Court, Records

Scope and Content

Insole Family Ely Court, records comprising of photograph album, 1898-1900; letter, 1882

Administrative / Biographical History

James Harvey Insole (1821-1901) was born in Worcester and came to Cardiff in about 1829 with his father George Insole (1790-1851) who became owner of Maesmawr Colliery. The family's success developed with the expansion of the coal industry and George Insole's activity and involvement in the steam-coal shipping trade. George Insole was a promoter of the Taff Vale Railway. JH Insole joined his father in business in 1842 and they purchased extensive coal mining privileges at Cymer and elsewhere in the Rhondda valley. JH Insole was a director of the Penarth Dock and Railway and of the Ely Valley Railway. He became a magistrate of Cardiff 1857 and Glamorgan 1867 and was first president of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce. See in particular Rhondda Coal, Cardiff Gold. The Insoles of Llandaff Coal Owners and Shippers (Merton Priory Press, Whitchurch, Cardiff 1997) by Richard C Watson; 'Hereford Cider, Worcester Leather, Birmingham Iron, Rhondda Coal' by Richard Ollerton in Morgannwg LVI (2012), pp. 62-83; and references cited in both publications.


Insole Family Ely Court, records

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Acquisition Information

Deposited by a private individual, 2002

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids. Revised by Louise Hunt for Glamorgan Archives, May 2013

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Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

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Related Material

See also DXCV/1-13 (Insoles Ltd. records); DCOM/C (Cardiff Chamber of Commerce records)