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Glamorgan Archives
National Union of Railwaymen, records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DNUR

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: National Union of Railwaymen records

Short Title: National Union of Railwaymen, records

Creation date(s): 1874-1987

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.024 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): National Union of Railwaymen, Pontypridd Branch and Llantrisant Branch


Administrative/Biographical history: The National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) was formed in 1913 by the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (ASRS), the General Railway Workers' Union and the United Pointsmen's and Signalmen's Society. The ASRS was the dominant partner in this amalgamation. In 1990, the National Union of Railwaymen amalgamated with the National Union of Seamen to form the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). The Pontypridd Branch of the NUR was formed in 1946, by an amalgamation of Pontypridd No. 1 Branch and Pontypridd No. 2 Branch. The Llantrisant and Cowbridge branches were initially formed in 1874 by the ASRS; they were later merged as the Llantrisant branch of the NUR.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the National Union of Railwaymen - Pontypridd and Llantrisant Branches, 1874-1987: Pontypridd No. 1 Branch, minutes books, 1943-1946; Pontypridd No. 2 Branch, minutes books, 1910-1946; Pontypridd Branch, minutes books, 1946-1984; balance sheets, 1912-1926 (with gaps); and receipts, correspondence and circulars, 1913-1933; forms relating to membership of the N.U.R., including transfers to and from Pontypridd branch and benefit; report on annual meeting of South Wales Regional Council of Labour, 1939; conditions of service of Conciliation Grades, 1920; rules of the Taff Vale Railway Employees Accident Fund, 1934; copy of Railways Act 1921; Llantrisant Branch, ASRS, minutes book, 1874-1891; minute books, 1925-1939; minutes book, 1950-1982; register of members, Cowbridge branch, ASRS, 1875-1918; register of members, Cowbridge, later Llanrisant branch, NUR, 1875-1976; and financial records, correspondence and minutes, 1918-1994.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by branch, by type, and chronologically

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual 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 private individuals at various dates.


Related material: Related units of description held at the Glamorgan Record Office: DXGC 116, Register of names and addresses of members of National Union of Railwaymen, Penarth No. 1 Branch, [c. 1930]-1960.


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 National Union of Railwaymen; P.S. Bagwell, The Railwaymen: History of the National Union of Railwaymen, (2 vols., George Allen and Unwin, 1963 & 1982).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2004

National Union of Railwaymen | Archives
Railways | Employees | Trades unions | Wales, South

Personal names

Corporate names
Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants
National Union of Railwaymen | Cowbridge branch
National Union of Railwaymen | Llantrisant branch
National Union of Railwaymen | Pontypridd branch

Cowbridge (Wales)
Llantrisant (Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales)
Pontypridd (Wales)

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