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Crane St English Baptist Church, Pontypool, records

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D3598

Held at: Gwent Archives

Title: Crane St, Pontypool, Baptist Chapel Records

Short Title: Crane St English Baptist Church, Pontypool, records

Creation date(s): 1836-1992

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Crane Street English Baptist Church, Pontypool; Zion (Lower Trosnant) Baptist Church, Pontypool


Administrative/Biographical history: The first attempts to establish English Baptist church services in Pontypool, Monmouthshire, were in about 1815. In 1836 the Pontypool English Baptist Association acquired its first chapel in Lower Trosnant, Pontypool, rented from the Society of Friends. The Crane Street Baptist Chapel, Trosnant, erected at a cost of over £2,000, was opened in April 1847 under the leadership of the Rev. Dr Thomas, formerly a minister in London. By 1870 the congregation had gathered sufficient resources to expand further with the addition of side galleries and other improvements. Zion Particular Baptist chapel at Lower Trosnant, Pontypool, was formed in May 1844 as a result of the secession of 110 members from the Welsh Particular Baptist chapel at Upper Trosnant. Zion Trosnant became amalgamated into fellowship with Crane Street in July 1878.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Trosnant / Crane Street (English) Baptist Church, Pontypool, 1836-1992, including minute books, 1836-1987; register books, 1836-1967; deeds and other legal papers, 1847-1991; financial records, 1910-1985, including account books, 1929-1985, and balance sheets, 1910-1983; correspondence relating to the church building, 1895-1985; centenary booklets and histories, 1931-1986; annual reports and newsletters, 1890-1981; programmes for services, 1937-1989; newspaper cuttings, 1869-1990; photographs, 1870-1987; reports to Annual General Meetings, 1985-1992; artefacts, 1909-1932; miscellaneous items relating to Zion (Lower Trosnant) Baptist Church, 1844-1911.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minute book; register books; legal records; financial records; correspondence; printed material; pictorial; miscellaneous; artefacts.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of records of Trosnant/Crane St. English Baptist Church, Pontypool and Zion (Lower Trosnant) Baptist Church, Pontypool.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2006

Baptists | Wales | Pontypool
Crane Street Baptist Church (Pontypool, Wales) | Archives
Religious institutions | Wales | Pontypool

Personal names

Corporate names
Crane Street Baptist Church (Pontypool, Wales)
Zion Baptist Church ( Lower Trosnant, Pontypool, Wales)

Pontypool (Wales)
Trosnant (Torfaen, Wales)

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