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Glamorgan Archives
Cardiff Borough Police Force records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DCONC

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Cardiff Borough Police Force records

Short Title: Cardiff Borough Police Force records

Creation date(s): 1841-1969

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 7.08 cubic metres (approx 270 vols, 48 large boxes, 3 small boxes, 19 booklets)

Name of creator(s): Cardiff Borough Police Force


Administrative/Biographical history: Following the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, Cardiff Borough Council (Glamorgan) appointed a watch committee, for the purpose of establishing and administering a local police force. The Cardiff Borough Police Force was set up and administered separately from the Glamorgan Constabulary, and Jeremiah Box Stockdale, a London policeman, was appointed the first superintendent. By 1922, the force had 302 officers assigned to four divisions, covering the following stations: A - Central (Law Courts), Docks, (Bute St.); B - Canton (Cowbridge Rd.), Grangetown (Clive St.); C - Roath (Clifton St.), Cathays (Crwys Rd.), Moors (Janet St.); and D - Headquarters (Law Courts). The Cardiff borough police force, other borough police forces, and the Glamorgan Constabulary were combined in 1969 to form South Wales Police, under the management of the South Wales Police Authority. The Cardiff Borough Police Force was sometimes called the Cardiff Constabulary.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Cardiff Borough Police force, 1841-1969: reports of the Chief Constable to the Watch Committee, 1900-1921, 1926-1969; standing orders, 1889-1969; general orders 1875-1969; Home Office circulars, 1892-1971; crimes registers, 1933-1940; fingerprint and photographic registers, 1904-1933; inquest books, 1892-1941; newscuttings, 1889-1966; plans of licensed premises in Cardiff, 1897-1965; licensing records, includes licensing records for alehouses, beerhouses, dog racing, money lenders, lodging houses, music, cafes, and metal detectors, [c. 1880]-[c. 1970]; administrative records, 1841-1965; and Cardiff Constabulary personnel records, [c. 1862]-1969.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: reports; orders and circulars; crime records; inquest records; newscuttings; plans of licensed premises; licensing records; administrative records; personel records; and miscellaneous records.

Conditions governing access: Access to some police records is restricted as many of them contain sensitive information about individuals. It is advisable to contact the Record Office in advance of a visit, to ensure that the records can be made available for consultation in our public searchroom.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office 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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the South Wales Police Authority at various dates.


Related material: Related units of description held at the Glamorgan Record Office: DCON, Glamorgan Constabulary; DCONMT, Merthyr Tydfil Borough Police; DCONS, Swansea Borough Police Force; DCONN, Neath Borough Police Force; and DCONP Glamorgan Constabulary Plans. Additional information about the police can be found in the records of the Quarter Sessions, County Council and Borough Councils, because of the involvement of local authorities in the administration of the police forces.


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 Constabulary records; Baker, E.R.,'The beginnings of the Glamorgan County Police.' Glamorgan Historian, vol. 2, ed. Stewart Williams, (Barry, 1965); Jones, David J. V., Crime and Policing in the 20th Century: the South Wales Experience, (Cardiff, 1996).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2003

Blacks | Wales | Cardiff
Cardiff Borough Police Force | Archives
Minorities | Wales | Cardiff
Police | Wales | Cardiff

Personal names
Stockdale , Jeremiah Box , 1870

Corporate names
Cardiff Borough Police Force

Cardiff (Wales)

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