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National Library of Wales
Llandaff Diocesan records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LLANDAFF

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Llandaff Diocesan Records

Short Title: Llandaff Diocesan records

Creation date(s): [17 cent.]-2004

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 20.88 cubic metres (720 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Llandaff diocese of the Church in Wales


Administrative/Biographical history: The Church in Wales came formally into being in 1920 when the disestablishment of the Church of England within Wales took effect. Llandaff was one of the four original dioceses in Wales, along with Bangor, St Asaph and St Davids, and comprised the counties of Glamorgan (excluding Swansea and the Gower) and Monmouthshire. In 1921 the new diocese of Monmouth, almost coterminous with the old county of Monmouthshire, was created.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to the administration of the diocese of St Davids and Dean and Chapter of Llandaff Cathedral from the seventeenth century, comprising episcopal registers, bishops' transcripts, marriage bonds and affidavits, and chapter act books, as well as records relating to: the ordination, appointment and resignation of clergymen and other individuals; the licensing of curates and other individuals; the licensing and consecration of land and buildings; faculty papers; dilapidations and sequestrations; augmentations, the creation of new parishes and boundary changes; dissenters' meeting houses; episcopal revenues and accounts; charities; parochial returns; deeds; consistory courts; visitations; correspondence; and miscellaneous volumes and papers.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: episcopal registers; subscription books; books of precedent and form; ordination papers; registers of stipendiary licences; appointments to stipendiary curacies; miscellaneous appointments; notices to quit curacies and revocation of licences; appointments to benefices, etc.; documents relating to election of bishops, etc.; resignations; non-residence registers; non-residence papers; licences for surgery and midwifery; appointments of surrogates, chancellors, and registrars; lay clergy papers; bishops' transcripts; marriage bonds and affidavits; Orders in Council; schemes and representations; instruments of Ecclesiastical Commissioners; terriers; consecrations; licences for the solemnisation of marriages; licences for divine service; faculties; dilapidations; sequestrations; Queen Anne's Bounty; applications for the registration of dissenters' meeting-houses; registers of transfer of patronage; transfer and settlement of patronage; parochial returns; volumes containing particulars of benefices; returns to the Privy Council re. benefices; tithe documents and papers; visitation queries and answers; visitation clergy books; visitation wardens' books; visitation fee books; visitation notices; visitations varia; convocation papers; Welsh Church Commission volumes and papers; Thomas ap Howell's charity; marine papers; Bishop of Llandaff's fund; minor classes; miscellaneous deeds and related documents; letter-books; miscellaneous correspondence; account-books; miscellaneous accounts; miscellaneous volumes; miscellanea; consistory court papers (general); consistory court bound volumes; consistory court citations (general); consistory court monitions (general); consistory court papers (probate); consistory court citations (probate); consistory court monitions (probate); consistory court records (probate): inventories and accounts, tutorial bonds, and letters tutorial; chapter records.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogues are available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues can also be accessed online.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals will be received

Archival history: The records were formerly kept in the Diocesan Registry, Diocesan Offices, Bishop's Palace, and Llandaff Cathedral.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales in 1944. Further deposits of records have been made since then from bishops of Llandaff and the various diocesan and capitular offices.


Related material: Some 19th and 20th century chapter records have been deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff. They have been listed as 'Llandaff Cathedral Archives'.

Publication note: The acts for 1660-1678 and the institutions and ordinations for 1679-1724 have been published in Llandaff Records, Vols. II-IV, ed. J. A. Bradney (Cardiff, 1908-1909, and London, 1912). Bishops' transcripts: particulars in C. J. Williams and J. Watts-Williams, Parish Registers of Wales, (Aberystwyth, 1986).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Church in Wales records: Diocese of Llandaff.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2006

Church in Wales. | Diocese of Llandaff | Archives
Church management | Wales | Llandaff
Church of England. | Diocese of Llandaff | Archives
Church records and registers | Wales | Llandaff

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