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Glamorgan Archives
Chappell, Edgar Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DCH

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Edgar Chappell Collection

Short Title: Chappell, Edgar Collection

Creation date(s): 1610-1945

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.24 cubic metres (2 maps, 1 booklet, 2 engravings, 1 volume, 1 photograph, 65 plans)

Name of creator(s): Edgar Chappell, county councillor, Cardiff


Administrative/Biographical history: Edgar Leyson Chappell was born in Ystralyfera in 1879, son of Alfred Chappell and Ellen Watkins. He attended Cardiff University where he graduated as an elementary schoolmaster. Throughout his lifetime he was involved in many companies and organisations, he was director of a number of land development companies including Camprose Estates Ltd and Berridge Estates Ltd. He was also director of Whiteheads Electrical Inventions Ltd , a member of the Association of Town Planning and a fellow of the Royal Statistical and Royal Economic Societies. His career in local government began in 1917 where he was also on the War Cabinet for Wales before moving into housing and development for Glamorgan County Council. He was a frequent contributor of questions on social reform and local government and local history to the press. Over the years he published many pamphlets on housing issues and town planning and was author/co-author of many volumes on housing and development.


Scope and content/abstract: The Edgar Chappell collection comprising maps of Glamorgan, 18th-20th century; map of the south east circuit of the principality of Wales, 1828; Campions map of collieries, iron, tin, copper and chemical works, railways and stations in South Wales, post 1891; geological survey of England and Wales, 1908; Robert K Dawson's plan of Aberavon, c1840; lithograph plan of Cardiff, 1610; various maps and plans of Cardiff, 19th-20th century; plans of Aberdare, Llandaff, Merthyr tydfil, Neath, Radyr, Rhondda, Rudry, Swansea and Whitchurch, 19th-20th century; plan of Rhondda Urban District, Pontypridd Urban District and Llantrisant and Llantwit Fardre Rural Districts, 1913; map of coalfields of south Wales, Gloucester and Somerset, 1910; sketch of the Cholera epidemic at Ystralyfera by Jason Rogers, surgeon, 1866; portrait of Captain Sir Christopher Cole, MP, 1820; Melin Griffith men's friendly society rules, 1858; South wales coalfield steam and anthracite takings plan, c1906; sale catalogues; report on scheme for international airport in South wales by South Wales Civil Air Base Committee, 1945; photograph of opening of food reform exhibition by Dowager Lady Rhondda in Cardiff, 1922.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Chappell Collection arranged chronolgically by record series

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

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


Accruals: Accrual are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private individual, 1948-1985



Archivist's note: Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids; Who's Who of Wales 1937, (London 1937).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2006

Chappell, Edgar L. | (Edgar Leyshon), | 1879-1949 | Archives

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