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Glamorgan Archives
Cirplanologists' Glamorgan Wesleyan Circuit plan collection

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DWESCIR

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Society of Cirplanologists' Glamorgan Wesleyan Circuit plan collection

Short Title: Cirplanologists' Glamorgan Wesleyan Circuit plan collection

Creation date(s): 1965-1996

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.02 cubic metres (32 papers, 31 booklets, 5 files)

Name of creator(s): Various Glamorgan Wesleyan Methodist circuits


Administrative/Biographical history: A characteristic feature of Methodism is the provision of a 'Plan' . The plan is in essence no more than a diary of appointments for the group of preachers working within a certain circuit - in practice they are considerably more complex than this and cover more than just the Sunday services. The need for such a plan comes from one of the major structural differences between the Established Church (and its parent the Roman Catholic Church) with its beneficed vicars attached for an indefinite period to their parish church and responsible for conducting all services there, and the Chapel arrangement in which chapels are grouped into circuits, provide a nucleus of Local Preachers nearly all of whom would be in full-time employment, supplemented by a few 'travelling preachers' appointed by conference, for a limited period (typically 3 years) to supervise and provide full-time pastoral support. Within such a scheme there is need for both these Travelling Preachers (or Ministers) to regularly visit and officiate at the various chapels and for the Local Preachers to take turns, both in their local chapel, and elsewhere. The Society of Cirplanologists was founded in 1955 to encourage the study and collection of such plans - it publishes a twice yearly newsletter, CIRPLAN.


Scope and content/abstract: Barry circuit, 1980-1986; Bridgend circuit, 1979-1984; Caerphilly circuit, 1972-1973; Cardiff Wesleyan circuit, 1973; Mid Glamorgan Mission, 1979-1980; Penarth circuit, 1970-1981; Rhymney Valley circuit, 1973-1977; Cardiff Roath circuit, 1965-1975; Cardiff circuit, 1975-1996.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply

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


Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office by a private individual, 1987



Archivist's note: Compiled by David Morris for the ANW project. The following source was used for compilation: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids.

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2005

Methodist Church | Wales | Barry
Methodist Church | Wales | Bridgend
Methodist Church | Wales | Cardiff
Methodist Church | Wales | Glamorgan
Methodist Church | Wales | Penarth

Personal names

Corporate names
Bridgend (Wesleyan) Circuit (Bridgend, Wales)
Caerphilly (Wesleyan) Circuit (Caerphilly, Wales)
Cardiff Roath Wesleyan Methodist Circuit
Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Barry Circuit
Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Cardiff Circuit
Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Penarth Circuit
Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Rhymney Valley Circuit

Barry (Wales)
Bridgend (Wales)
Caerphilly (Wales)
Cardiff (Wales)
Penarth (Wales)
Rhymney Valley (Wales : district)
Roath (Cardiff, Wales)

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