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Glamorgan Archives
Records of Cory Brothers and Company Ltd.

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DCB

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Records of Cory Brothers and Company Ltd.

Short Title: Records of Cory Brothers and Company Ltd.

Creation date(s): 1888-1943

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 7 volumes, 4 boxes; 0.18 cubic metres

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: Richard Cory (1799-1882) of Devon, was the owner of a small vessel which traded between Cardiff, Bristol and Ireland in the early part of the 19th century. In 1838 he opened a ship's chandler store in Cardiff. By 1856 Richard Cory was joined by his sons, John (1828-1910) and Richard (1830-1914), and traded as Richard Cory and Sons. They described themselves as ship-brokers, ship-owners, coal merchants and exporters. Three years later, when Richard Cory retired, John and Richard renamed the business Cory Brothers and Co. It became a limited liability company in 1888, at which point the minute books start.
John and Richard Cory became coal owners in their own right with the purchase of Pentre colliery in the Rhondda in 1868. Gelli, Tynybedw and Tydraw collieries were later acquired, also several collieries in adjoining valleys. The brothers also became the largest private wagon-owners in the United Kingdom. They opened coaling stations around the world and by 1908 had 118 agencies and depots on all the major shipping routes. They were supplying coal on a worldwide basis, most of it coming from their collieries in the Rhondda.
As their wealth increased, the brothers began to give assistance yto social, educational and moral reform movements in Cardiff. They supported the temperance movement and established the Cory Temperance Hall, which was made available for public meetings. They assisted evangelical movements generally, but especially the Salvation Army.
In memory of his work to the pwople of Cardiff, a bronze statue of John Cory, the work of Sir William Goscombe John, was erected in the city in 1905.


Scope and content/abstract: This collection is composed of minute books and deeds for the following companies; Cory Brothers Ltd, 1857-1942; Aden Coal Company Ltd, 1881-1925; Gueret, Llewellyn and Merrett Ltd, 1927-1943


Language/scripts of material: English,Welsh

System of arrangement: The records of the main company have been listed first, followed by the records of the two subsidary companies. The boxes of papers (D/D CB 2) were arranged in date order at some point before deposit with the Record Office. The original order has been lost.

Conditions governing access: Access unrestricted unless stated otherwise.

Conditions governing reproduction: A photocopying service is available. Contact repository for details.
No publication without written permission from the Archivist.

Finding aids: A paper catalogue is available in the searchroom.

Language codes: en, cy


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was deposited by a private individual on 1 April 1998 (file number 11/1962


Related material: Glamorgan Record Office also holds an account of the estate of Richard Cory deceased, 1884 (reference: D/D X 468).


Archivist's note: Mine of Information Project, University of Wales Swansea LIS Archives, Library & Information Centre,, University of Wales Swansea,Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Mine of Information Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002


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