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Glamorgan Archives
Cardiff Colleries Ltd, Llanbradach records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DCC1

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Cardiff Colleries Ltd, Llanbradach records

Short Title: Cardiff Colleries Ltd, Llanbradach records

Creation date(s): 1860-1955

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Cardiff Colleries Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history: The sinking of the first pit (No. 1 pit) at Llanbradach Colliery, Glamorgan, was begun in 1893, by the Cardiff Collieries Ltd; a second pit (No. 2 pit) was added the following year. During the early 1920s, a third pit (No. 3 pit) was sunk to mine the Nos. 2 & 3 seams. In 1914, 2,330 men were employed at this colliery, and total output reached its peak in 1935, when 700,000 tons was produced; by 1945, manpower had fallen to 1,506. The company retained ownership of the mine until nationalisation in 1947. It was earmarked for closure in 1959. Llanbradach closed in December 1961. The company accumulated some papers relating to other peroprties in South Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Cardiff Colleries Ltd, 1860-1955: wage journals, 1915-1946; output books, 1893-1946; sales journals, 1895-1920; book of plans of properties owned by the Cardiff Collieries Ltd, 1887-1913; coke oven valuation papers, 1942-1955; plans, [c. 1920]; microfilms, 1900-1945; annual reports, 1887-1954; articles of association, 1885-1928; schemes of classification and prices, 1890-1955; and copy leases, underleases, agreements, plans, notes and correspondence relating to properties in Llanfabon (Glamorgan), Bedwas (Monmouthshire), and other parts of Monmouthshire, and allied matters, 1860-1946.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Information to be supplied.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the Glamorgan Record Office.


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 a private individual at various dates.



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 Cardiff Colleries, Llanbradach; Sellwood, Dennis G., Llanbradach, 1887-1914, (Llanbradach, 1988); Sellwood, Dennis G., Llanbradach Colliery, (Caerphilly, 2002); Welsh Coal Mines website (, viewed 12 December 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2003

Cardiff Collieries | Archives
Coal mines and mining | Wales | Glamorgan
Mining leases | Wales | Glamorgan

Personal names

Corporate names
Cardiff Collieries

Bedwas (Wales)
Llanbradach (Wales)
Llanfabon (Wales)
Monmouthshire (Wales)

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