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Bethel English Baptist Church, Cardiff

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DBAP13

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Bethel English Baptist Church, Cardiff

Short Title: Bethel English Baptist Church, Cardiff

Creation date(s): 1864-1973

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.05 cubic metres (2.5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Bethel English Baptist Church, Whitchurch, Cardiff


Administrative/Biographical history: Bethel English Baptist Church was established in 1865 to cater for English immigrants and local people who had dropped the Welsh language in favour of English. Members met initially in a cottage on Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Glamorgan, but moved subsequently to a barn adjoining the common. The first church was built in 1867, to the rear of the present church. The first minister, Neville Harris, of Cardiff, was appointed in June 1868, but resigned after only 6 months, and Bethel depended on lay preachers and visiting ministers until 1899. The need for additional space led, in 1884, to the setting up of a building fund with backing from Cardiff Baptists, but the new church did not open until 1894, and required additional galleries and renovation in 1900-1901, and further additions in 1927.


Scope and content/abstract: Minutes books of church meetings, 1865-1870, 1894-1907; minutes books of deacons and church meetings, 1913-1958; minutes book, 1913-1958; accounts book, 1864-1973; church expenses book, 1872; members contributions book, 1867-1872; minutes book of organ and building fund committee, 1922-1928; minutes of fete committee, 1929, bazaar committee, 1932, and selection committee, 1943-1944; minutes book of eisteddfod committee, 1933-1936; minutes book of Sunday School teachers meetings, 1912-1919; and order of service for centenary celebrations, 2-9 May 1965.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by type and date.

Conditions governing access: Written permission is required before the archives can be consulted. Researchers should complete the relevant form on permission to access closed records or apply for a staff member to undertake the search.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good condition

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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Bethel English Baptist Church, 4 September 1973.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Archives, Catalogue of records for the Bethel English Baptist Chapel; Jenkins, J.A. & R. Edwards James, The History of Nonconformity in Cardiff (Cardiff, 1901); Chappell, Edgar L., Old Whitchurch: The Story of a Glamorgan Parish (Cardiff, 1945).

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 | Cardiff

Personal names

Corporate names
Bethel English Baptist Church (Whitchurch, Cardiff, Wales)
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru

Glamorgan (Wales)
Whitchurch (Cardiff, Wales)

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