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Bethany English Baptist Church, Cardiff

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DBAP15

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Bethany English Baptist Church, Cardiff

Short Title: Bethany English Baptist Church, Cardiff

Creation date(s): 1804-1968

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.24 cubic metres

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


Administrative/Biographical history: Bethany Baptist church, in St Mary Street, Cardiff, Glamorgan, was established on 7 September 1806, and is the oldest English Baptist church in Cardiff. The first pastor, Thomas Lewis, was appointed in 1809. A Sunday School was founded in 1813, and in 1821, a new chapel was opened. By 1827, membership had risen to 96, and new galleries were opened in 1827. The first meeting of the Carmarthen and Glamorgan English Baptist Association took place at Bethany Baptist church in 1857. In 1861, membership rose to 465 and a new building was opened in 1865. By 1916, the proliferation of English Baptist churches, often under the auspices of Bethany itself, throughout Cardiff and Penarth had led to a gradual decline in membership. The church eventually followed the movement of population by transferring the chapel to Rhiwbina. The last service was held in the St Mary Street building in November 1963, and the first service in the new building in September 1964.


Scope and content/abstract: Books, 1833-1968; account books, 1806-1960; receipts and balance sheets, 1809-1920; correspondence, 1906, 1928-1930; deeds and certificates, 1837-1922; scrapbooks of anniversary celebrations, 1906-1956; miscellaneous material, 1856-1960; photographs [c. 1950]; and printed material, 1906.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by date and type.

Conditions governing access: Permission to view documents subsequent to 1930 must be obtained from the Glamorgan Archivist on behalf of the depositors.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good to fair condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catallogue 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 not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by private individuals at various intervals.


Related material: Related units of description held at the Glamorgan Record Office: DBAPMARR/14, Bethany Baptist Church, Cardiff, marriage registers.


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 Record Office, catalogue of records for the Bethany English Baptist Chapel; Jenkins, J.A. & R. Edwards James, The History of Nonconformity in Cardiff (Cardiff, 1901); Winks, W.E., History of the Bethany Baptist Church, Cardiff (Cardiff, 1906); Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, Official Handbook of the Cardiff Assembly, 5th to 8th May, 1924 (Cardiff, 1924).

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

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Bethany Baptist Church (Cardiff, Wales)

Cardiff (Wales)

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