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Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DGSR

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited records

Short Title: Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited records

Creation date(s): 1907-1978

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.72 cubic metres (38 volumes, 41 files, 15 bundles, 2 boxes, 194 plans, 173 photographs, 22 booklets, 1 paper, 9 cards,

Name of creator(s): Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited


Administrative/Biographical history: Rhiwbina Garden Village, Rhiwbina, Glamorgan, is perhaps the best example of a Garden Village scheme in Wales. The company, which was formed in 1912, was originally called the Cardiff Worker's Co-operative Garden Village Society Ltd, but this name was changed soon afterwards to the Rhiwbina Garden Village Ltd. This public utility housing society was established under the auspices of the Welsh Town Planning and Housing Trust Ltd. The main objective of which was the provision of modern houses located in pleasant and healthy surroundings in the Rhiwbina area. To this end, the society bought 110 acres of land from the Pentwyn Estate, at £200 per acre, and by Christmas 1913, 34 houses had been built. Each of these houses 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 village was run by a committee elected by the tenants, each of whom had one vote at an annual general meeting. At this meeting, the committee for the new year would be elected, and shareholders would have a report on the work done by the committee for the previous year. As the village grew, the work of administration became so heavy that a paid company secretary was appointed, with an office at Cathedral Road, Cardiff. Nevertheless, the financial affairs of the village were managed so well that by the 1960s, all the money advanced by the Welsh Town-Planning and Housing Trust to buy and build, had been repaid. Consequently, the society owned all the houses in the village and the land on which they were built. Therefore, because the Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited had always been a non-profit-making organisation, the committee decided in 1968 to sell the houses to the occupiers. After which, on the 27th May 1976, the shareholders decided unamiously that the necessary steps be taken for the voluntary winding-up of the Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited. The company was finally dissolved in 1981.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Rhiwbina Garden Village Limited, 1907-1978, consisting of: minutes books, 1912-1978; annual reports and statements of accounts, 1912-1975; general ledgers, 1910-1976; journals, 1912-1976; cash books, 1912-1975; annual accounts, 1946-1964; title deeds, 1913-1975; various plans, 1925-1975; photographs of Rhiwbina Garden Village, 1912-1959; miscellaneous records, 1948-1977; printed books relating to housing in Wales, 1907-1936; paper sealing dies and instruments; and Rhiwbina Garden Village plans, 1912-[c. 1960s], including street plans, plans of houses, and water supply and drainage plans.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to date and type.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good to fair condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


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

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private source on 11 June 1981. Terms of deposit changed to outright gift by letter of 7 March 1985.


Related material: Related units of description held at the Glamorgan Archives includes: DGSC 1-16, Great Western (Caerphilly) Garden Village Society Ltd ; DGSB, Barry Garden Suburb Ltd; DNWHP 1-4, National Welsh Housing Pioneers Ltd; and DPPUS 1, Penarth Public Utility (Housing) Society Ltd.


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 Rhiwbina Garden Suburb.

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 | Cardiff | Designs and plans
Housing, Cooperative | Wales | Rhiwbina
Rhiwbina Garden Suburb | Archives

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