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Rhondda Valley English Methodist Circuit records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DWESRH

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Rhondda Valley English Methodist Circuit records

Short Title: Rhondda Valley English Methodist Circuit records

Creation date(s): 1891-1994

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.5 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Rhondda Valley English Methodist Circuit; Tabernacle Methodist Chapel, Ystrad Rhondda; Llwynypia Primitive Methodist Church; Calfaria Chapel, Treorchy; Saron Chapel, Treherbert; Caersalem Chapel, Ton Pentre; Tabernacle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Treorchy; Brithweunydd Methodist Church Mission; Tylorstown Wesleyan Methodist Church; Tonypandy Mission


Administrative/Biographical history: Wesleyan Methodists began making in-roads in south Wales during the mid-eighteenth century, and a Glamorganshire Circuit was established in 1765. In 1796 the circuit was divided into two smaller units, Swansea serving the west, and Cardiff the east. In 1817 Cardiff was divided into English and Welsh circuits, and in 1848 Bridgend split from Cardiff, forming its own circuit. This division was the catalyst for missionary work in the south Wales valleys. A Mr Charles Bassett was sent to Pontypridd, where he provided a room for the Methodists of the town and of Trefforest, who were at the time worshipping in a farmhouse. The congregation quickly built their own chapel, and others followed, at Porth; Pandy; Pentre; Heol-fach; Ferndale; Williamstown; Treorchy; Llantrisant and Hafod. In 1862 a Pontypridd Circuit emerged as a separate entity from the Cardiff Circuit, and in 1886 it split once more, producing two daughter circuits, Ferndale and Rhondda. Since 1978, all Methodist circuits in the Rhondda have been overseen by the Mid-Glamorgan Mission.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to Tabernacle Methodist Chapel, Ystrad Rhondda including treasurer's book, 1963-1979; minutes book, 1965-1977; trustees' accounts book, 1964-1981; records relating to Llwynypia Primitive Methodist Church including accounts, 1912-1935; minutes book, 1909-1932; record relating to Calfaria Chapel, Treorchy including accounts book, 1971-1981, register of baptisms, 1931-1977 (includes entries for Saron Chapel, Treherbert and Caersalem Chapel, Ton Pentre); records relating to Tabernacle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Treorchy including Sunday school register and accounts book, 1891-1912; leader's meeting minutes book, 1952-1975; Brithweunydd Methodist Church Mission trustees treasurer's account book, 1949-1970; Tylorstown Wesleyan Methodist Church trustees' accounts book, 1924-1943; Ferndale Circuit register of baptisms, 1895-1953; records relating to Tonypandy Mission including correspondence, 1960-1970; superintendants mission reports, 1963-1968; circuit youth reports, 1963-1965; district synod returns, 1959-1971; home mission finance returns, 1960-1967; Church trust schedules, 1961-1965; annual statements of accounts, 1962-1970; miscellaneous papers, 1897-1981


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, 1979-1986



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 | Rhondda

Personal names

Corporate names
Brithweunydd Methodist Church Mission (Trealw, Wales)
Caersalem Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Ton Pentre, Wales)
Calfaria Wesleyan Chapel, Regent Street (Treorchy, Wales)
Llwynypia Primitive Methodist Church (Llwynypia, Wales)
Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Rhondda Valley Circuit
Saron Wesleyan Chapel (Treherbert, Wales)
Tabernacle Methodist Chapel (Ystrad, Wales)
Tabernacle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Treorchy, Wales)
Tonypandy Methodist Mission (Tonypandy, Wales)
Tylorstown Wesleyan Methodist Church (Tylorstown, Wales)

Llwynypia (Wales)
Rhondda (Wales)
Ton Pentre (Wales)
Tonypandy (Wales)
Treherbert (Wales)
Treorchy (Wales)
Tylorstown (Wales)

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