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Glamorgan Archives
Merthyr Tydfil Borough, records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 BMT

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Merthyr Tydfil Borough Records

Short Title: Merthyr Tydfil Borough, records

Creation date(s): 1852-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 4.12 cubic metres (630 volumes, 3 plans, 47 files, 21 booklets, 1 card, 1 poster, 1 pamphlet, 13 papers, and 7 bundles)

Name of creator(s): Merthyr Tydfil Borough


Administrative/Biographical history: The Merthyr Tydfil Corporation Act 1905 resulted in the formation of the Municipal Borough of Merthyr Tydfil (Glamorgan). The borough was divided into eight wards: Cyfarthfa, Dowlais, Park, Town, Penydarren, Plymouth, Merthyr Vale, and Treharris. The borough took over the responsibilities of Merthyr Tydfil Urban District Council for public health, water, sewerage, isolation hospitals, highways, housing, bridges, scavenging, and public elementary schools. In 1908, the borough was granted County Borough status and undertook the additional responsibilities for the police, Commission of the Peace, Court of Quarter Sessions and secondary education; it was empowered to levy rates. In 1974, following local government reorganisation, Merthyr Tydfil lost its county borough status, although it retained its borough status and mayor. The District Council replaced the old borough council within the new county of Mid Glamorgan, and responsibility for education, highways, planning, fire and ambulance services was transferred to that authority. The area of the District Council was extended to include Vaynor (formerly in Brecknockshire) and Bedlinog.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Merthyr Tydfil Borough and County Borough, 1852-1973, includes: education committee minute books, 1904-1973; education committee minute books, 1920-1973; agenda books, 1944-1948; clerk and director of education, 1904-1922; papers relating to staffing, 1902-1927; education schemes, 1910-1947; miscellaneous school and college records, 1894-1943; Cyfarthfa Castle Municipal Secondary schools, 1910-1949; accounts and salaries, 1906-1957; and regulations, statutes, reports and circulars, 1904-1974; Overcrowding Survey records, 1936; Housing Inspection registers and notebooks 1930s; Inspection sheets, 1960s; registers of dwellings, 1960s; plans and drawings of Gurnos Estate, 1950s; Fire Brigade occurrence books, 1941-1974.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Chronological within record series

Conditions governing access: Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Glamorgan Archives policy.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history: The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred by the Merthyr Tydfil Borough and its successors at various intervals.


Related material: Further records in the Glamorgan Archives are ESB70, Merthyr Tydfil School Board; LBMT, Merthyr Tydfil Board of Health; UM, Merthyr Tydfil Poor Law Union; UDMT, Merthyr Tydfil Urban District Council; M, Mid Glamorgan County Council; and DVAU Box 5, Vaughan Collection; and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Library


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes some earlier records accumulated by the Borough.

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 Merthyr Tydfil; Riden, Philip, Records Sources for Local History, (London, 1987); The Story of Merthyr Tydfil, Compiled by Members of the Merthyr Teachers' Association (Cardiff, 1932). Revised by Andrew Thynne for Glamorgan Archives

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2003, April 2012, November 2012

Boroughs | Wales | Merthyr Tydfil
Education | Wales | Merthyr Tydfil
Local government | Wales | Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil (Wales : Borough) | Archives

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