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Zion English Baptist Chapel, Rhondda

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DBAP11

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Zion English Baptist Chapel, Rhondda

Short Title: Zion English Baptist Chapel, Rhondda

Creation date(s): 1865-1966

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.01 cubic metres (1 half-box)

Name of creator(s): Zion English Baptist Chapel, Pentre, Rhondda


Administrative/Biographical history: Zion English Baptist Chapel (Glamorgan), was established in 1865, as the first English Baptist church in the Rhondda valleys to answer the spiritual needs of the English and Welsh 'English-only' immigrants (many of whom came from Montgomeryshire), employed largely in the local coal-mines, notably after the opening of Pentre, Bodringallt and Maendy collieries 1864-1865 and Gelli colliery 1870. The church began in an old cart-shed in Forge Street, Pentre, but services were transferred to Pentre School, Pleasant View. The first meeting-house on the present site in Pleasant Street was completed in November 1868, but increasing numbers of communicants required the construction of a new chapel on the same site 1877-1879. The chapel suffered financial and pastoral difficulties during the first 50 years of its history but growing numbers meant that an extension to the building was required in 1906.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Zion English Baptist Chapel, 1865-1966, includes: a mortgage, 1 May 1884; abstract of title [? mid 19th century]-1888 reciting lease for 99 years from George Salisbury to the trustees of Zion Baptist Chapel,1878; trust deed, 1 Feb. 1889; abstract of title of the trustees of the will of the late Crawshay Bailey to freehold hereditaments, part of the Crawshay Baileys' estate with marginal notes, 1962; conveyance, 1962; memorandum giving names of trustees, 15 Jun. 1919 and 28 Jan. 1961; and a letter concerning improvement grant to 6 Maindy Road, Ton Pentre, from W. Noel Thomas, town clerk, to Walter John Rees, secretary, Zion Baptist Chapel, 16 Augusta Street, Ton Pentre, 26 Jan. 1966.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Information to be supplied.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good condition

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


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Zion English Baptist Chapel at various intervals.


Existence and location of originals: Information to be supplied.

Existence and location of copies: Information to be supplied.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. These records are mainly photocopies.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue of records for the Zion English Baptist Chapel.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003

Baptists | Wales | Pentre (Rhondda Cynon Taff)

Personal names
Bailey , Crawshay , 1789-1872

Corporate names
Zion English Baptist Church (Rhondda, Wales)

Rhondda (Wales)

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