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Glamorgan Archives
Barry Garden Suburb Ltd records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DGSB

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Barry Garden Suburb Ltd records

Short Title: Barry Garden Suburb Ltd records

Creation date(s): 1914-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.15 cubic metres (33 volumes, 1 paper, 1 file, 2 plans, 31 photographs and postcards, 1 printed booklet)

Name of creator(s): Barry Garden Suburb Limited


Administrative/Biographical history: Barry Garden Suburb is a housing area on the western periphery of Barry (Glamorgan), on a high plateau overlooking the beach of Cold Knap, and the Bristol Channel. The large-scale development of the area was begun in 1915, by Barry Garden Suburb Ltd, a public utility housing society established with the support of the Welsh Town Planning and Housing Trust Ltd, registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1914. The main objective of the society was the provision of modern houses in pleasant and healthy surroundings. The society was managed by a committee, elected by its members. Prospective members (not necessarily tenants) were admitted on the condition that each should hold at least one £1 share in the society. Applications for tenancy were accepted from members who held a minimum share of £50. The first section of the society's development, comprising 52 houses, was undertaken in 1915. A further 52 houses were built in 1922, and 108 semi-detached dwellings in 1925. Each house was supplied with water, gas for cooking and lighting, a boiler, a water storage tank and a dustbin. Fences and hedges were erected and paths were laid. The houses were sold in 1969, and the Barry Garden Suburb Ltd was dissolved in 1974.


Scope and content/abstract: Minutes, 1914-1974 (including meetings of the Board of Directors, 1914-1920); certified copies of annual reports of the board of directors, 1915-1971; general ledgers, 1918-1949; journals, 1915-1974; investment ledger, 1921-1974; plan of the development of Barry Garden Suburb at Castle Farm, 1924; description of the society and its constitution, 1925; and various photographs and postcards, [c. 1930].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: minutes, reports and registers; financial records; plans; photographs; and miscellaneous papers.

Conditions governing access: Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Record Office policy.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives 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 Archives have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private individual, November-December 1976; converted to donation, 7 March 1985.


Related material: Records of similar bodies held at the Glamorgan Archives: DGSC 1-16, Great Western (Caerphilly) Garden Village Society Limited; DGSR 1-53, Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited, DNWHP 1-4, National Welsh Housing Pioneers Limited; and DPPUS 1, Penarth Public Utility (Housing) Society Limited.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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 Barry Garden Suburb Ltd.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Housing | Wales | Barry
Housing, Cooperative | Wales | Barry

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Barry Garden Suburb Ltd

Barry (Wales)

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