Cardiff Records: Volume 4. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1903.
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Extracts from Town Book, 1741-60
Resignation of the Schoolmaster. (fn. 1)
I am obliged to you for yr good wishes, and in Return sincerely wish you and yr Family Many a happy New year, tho' if we have the happyness to be renewd Our selves it is of no very great Moment to us how few or many they are.
Cardiffe Town to witt. At a Court of Common Councell duly held for the said Town on Thursday the 4th day of March in the year of our Lord 1741 John Brewer One of the Serjeants at Mace for the said Town having Made Oath that he had duly Summoned the Members of the Corporation to attend there:
Whereas the Guildhall of the Said Town together with the Councell Room Shops and prison underneath the same are become very ruinous and much out of repair and upon Mature Consideration of the same by us the Majority of the Corporation Duly Summoned we Conceive that the Same is so very ruinous that it Cannot be repaired but at a very Great Expence We have therefore thought it most Convenient to have the same Entirely pulled down, and as Severall Lords and Gentlemen have promised their Contributions towards the Erecting of a New One We the Members of the said Corporation who are here present and whose hands are hereunto Subscribed being the Majority Do Nominate and appoint Roger Powell the Younger, of the Town of Cardiffe in the County of Glamorgan Esquire and Edmund Lloyd of the same Esquire or one of them to receive the Contributions of said Lords and Gentlemen who have been pleased to promise their Contributions or shall hereafter Contribute towards the Same and all such Sumes as they or either of them shall receive towards the Said Building shall be disposed of and Laid out to such uses as the Majority of this Corporation shall from time to time appoint And it is further Agreed upon, that the Corporation shall every Week Meet to Consider how the Same shall be Carried On and also to receive the Amounts of the said Roger Powell and Edmund Lloyd or either of them And it is also Agreed that the said Corporation shall Meet in the Said Hall on Thursday next the Eleventh of this Instant Month at two of the Clock in the afternoon to receive proposalls for pulling down the said Hall and farther to Consult Concerning the Said Building on Thursday in every Week during the time that the said Building shall be Carried on and Compleatly ffinished And whereas it appears most Convenient and less Expensive towards Carying on the Said Building to hire a Limekiln for that purpose and burn the Lime We direct the said Edmund Lloyd Esquire to rent a Lime Kiln for that purpose and to pay for the Same the Sume of One & Thirty Shillings and Six pence from this Day till the first day of May One Thousand Seven hundred and fforty Three.
Whereas in pursuance of an Order of Councell made at the Guildhall in Cardiffe on Thursday the fourth of March 1741 by the Majority of the Corporation then present it was amongst other things Ordered that Roger Powell the Younger and Edmund Lloyd Esquires or either of them, Were appointed and Constituted to receive Contributions towards the Building of a New Town Hall for the said Town and afterwards to pay and account for ye same as ye majority of this Corporac'on shall direct By Vertue of which said Order We Do hereby Appoint and Constitute them the said Roger Powell and Edmund Lloyd or either of them to receive such Contributions and Sumes of Money as have already been Contributed or shall hereafter be Subscribed or Contributed towards the Building or Carrying on the said building Designed for a Town and County Hall In Witness whereof We have hereunto Sett our hands and Caused our Common Corporation Seal to be hereunto affixed this 4th day of March in the year of our Lord 1741.
Cardiffe Town to Witt. At a Court of Common Councell duly Summoned and held for the Said Towne on Munday the thirtieth day of August One Thousand Seven hundred and fforty two it was unanimously Agreed by the Majority of the Corporation then present in manner following That where as the Corporation of the said Town have begun by the generous Subscription of Severall Gentlemen of the County of Glamorgan and others who have interest therein to Carry on and Erect a new Town Hall for the Service of the said Town and having been Defecient of a Competent Sume to Carry on Compleat and finish the Building they have therefore thought proper to Apply to the Justices of the Said County of Glamorgan aforesaid for their Aid and assistance to Carry on the Same out of the Publick Stock of the Said County of Glamorgan which the Said Justices on the behalf of the Said County of Glamorgan have been pleased to promise the Sume of one hundred pounds upon Condition that they shall have the use of the Same when finished for the holding of as well the Great Sessions as the Quarter Sessions and also for a room in the Said Building for the Keeping of the Records of the said County In pursuance whereof we whose names are hereunto Subscribed do authorize Constitute nominate and appoint in the Name of the Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses of the Corporation of Cardiffe in the County of Glamorgan George Watkins and John Okey Esquires to Contract on behalf of the said Corporation with the said Justices of the Said County or any others whom they shall for that purpose appoint in Order to Sign any Contract with the said County for the purposes aforesaid as to them shall seem meet and best for the advantage and Good of the said Town
N. B. The above Order was Agreed upon by the Councell who were appointed to meet at the dwelling house of Mr David Owen where the Same was then Signed in the presence of Geo. Watkins and John Okey Esquires the then Bailiffs
Cardiffe Town To witt. Ordered by the Majority of the Councell of this Town duly held and Summoned to Meet at the Dwellinghouse of David Owen on Thursday the 30th of August 1742 that the Sume of Sixty three Shillings be remitted and paid to Edward Herbert Gentleman late Town Clerk of this Town by Geo. Watkins and John Okey Esquires the Bailiffs of this Town and the Same be allowed them in their Accounts.
Signed in the presence of
Geo. Watkins and Jon Okey
Esquires the present Bailiffs
of this Corporation
Jon Thomas Jnr
Jon Thomas Jr
Cardiffe Town To Witt. The Ninth day of September One Thousand Seven hundred and fforty two Herbert Mackworth of Gnoll in the County of Glamorgan Esquire having produced an Instrument under the hand and seal of the right Honourable the Lord Viscount Windsor bearing Date the Twentieth day of April 1741 appointing the said Herbt Mackworth Esquire Constable of the Castle of Cardiffe during his Lordships will and pleasure Only and he was Accordingly Sworn in Constable of the Castle of Cardiffe aforesaid before us
Cardiffe Town to Wit. ffriday the 17th of December 1743 at a Court of common Councell duly Sum[m]oned and held for the said Town we the Majority of the Corporation then present do Order Agree and Consent as followeth that is to Say
Whereas William Richards of the Said Town of Cardiffe Gentleman Stands indebted to the Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses of this Corporation by bond in the penall Sume of Eighty pounds Conditioned for ye payment of fforty pounds with interest for the Same which said Bond is long since due and unpaid and also the Interest for ye same we do upon mature Consideration of the premisses Order the Town Clerk of the said Town to putt the said Bond in Execution and Sue the said William Richards So as to obtain a Judgement against him or otherwise to recover the said Money which when recovered we do likewise Order to be applied towards the Expence of Carrying on the building of the New Guild hall in this Corporation And We Do likewise Confirm all orders heretofore by us made for the Sueing and prosecuting all such persons or tenants that are in Arrears of rent to the Said Corporation.
Cardiffe Town To Witt. Thursday the 5th of January 1743 Jno. Phillip of the said Town Tobacconist was Sworn an Alderman of the said Town in the Room of Mr William Matthews Gentleman one of the Aldermen of the said Town lately Deceased before Herbert Mackworth Esquire Constable of the Castle of Cardiffe [in the said Castle] (fn. 2)
Cardiffe Town To Witt. Saturday the 31st of March 1744 Arthur Williams and Edmund Lloyd Esquires Were Sworn Baillifs of the Said Town of Cardiffe by Herbert Mackworth Esquire Constable of the Castle of Cardiffe at the Said Castle.
Thursday the 5th of April 1744 the following persons were Sworn into the Office of Constables for the Severall Wards within this Town before Arthur Williams and Edmund Lloyd Esqrs Bailiffs of the said Town That is to Say
Were Sworn Clks. of Shambles
Arthur Williams and
Edmund Lloyd Esqrs
then Bailiffs of the Said Town.
Freemen or Burgesses admitted as follows:—
John Scott, of St. John's parish, Cardiff, barber, 1744 June 28; fee 3s. 4d.
Robert Watkins, of Cardiff, mariner, August 27; fee 20s.
Richard Priest, of Cardiff, mariner, Sept. 4; fee 3s. 4d.
George Williams, of Cardiff, baker, same day; fee 20s.
John Priest, of Cardiff, maltster, Sept. 5; fee 3s. 4d.
Richard Driver, of Cardiff, mason, same day; fee 20s.
Thomas Farmer, of Bristol, ship carpenter, Sept. 14; fee 20s.
Edward Read, of Wick in the county of Glamorgan, yeoman, Sept. 29; fee not named.
Edward Lambert of Cardiff, gentleman, March 4; fee not named.
Cardiffe Town To Witt. Munday the fourth of March One Thousand Seven hundred and ffourty four at a Court of Common Councell Duly Summoned and then held for the Said Town by the Majority of the Corporation then present an Assistant being wanted in the said Corporation in the room of Mr John Thomas Deceased Mr Edward Lambert of the said Town Gentleman was Duly Elected and Sworn an Assistant or Capitall Burgess in his stead as witness our hands
Jon Thomas Jnr
On the same occasion John Whiteing the younger, of Cardiff, shopkeeper, was chosen an Assistant or Capital Burgess, in the room of Phillip Stephens lately elected an Alderman. The same signatures are appended as before, with the addition of Edward Lambert.
1745 August 29. William Thomas, of Cardiff, apothecary; fee 3s. 4d.
Sept. 17. John Thomas, of Cardiff, millwright; fee 20s.
27th. Francis Durbrow, of Cefn Mabley.
Edmund Thomas Rees, of Llanfedw.
Edward Thomas, of Llanedern, yeoman.
William David Llewellin, of Llanedern.
Thomas David, of Llanedern, yeoman.
Thomas Evan, of Llanedern, yeoman.
Thomas Humberstone, of Llanfedw.
28th. Cadogan Evan, of Llantrisant, yeoman.
Evan Thomas, of Llantrisant, yeoman.
William David, of Llanharan, carpenter.
Edward Howell, of Llantrisant, yeoman.
David Richard, of Marcross.
William Wathan, of Llantwit, yeoman.
Edward William, of Nash, yeoman.
William Thomas, of Sully, mariner.
James Thomas, of Llanharry, yeoman.
John Lewis, of Leckwith, yeoman.
Edmund Morgan, of Cardiff, millwright.
Thomas Griffith, of Cardiff, tobacconist.
Arthur Williams junior, of Cardiff, glover.
John Tomb, of Saint Donat's, yeoman.
Richard Howell, of St. Donat's, yeoman.
Richard William Owen, of Aberdare, yeoman.
January 15. John Okey and Philip Stephens were sworn Bailiffs; David Prichard, joiner, and John Jenkin, glasier, were sworn Serjeants at Mace; and John Phillips, Capital Burgess, was sworn an Alderman; all in the Castle of Cardiff, before Herbert Mackworth, esq., Constable of the said Castle.
1746 Sept. 29 Monday. Jacob Rosser, of Cardiff, shoemaker; Edward James, of the parish of Llanfair Discoed in the county of Monmouth, yeoman; and William Alexander, of the parish of Sully, mariner, admitted Freemen.
Cardiffe Town to Witt. At a Court of Common Councell Duly Summoned and held for the said Town on Munday the 20th of October 1746 David Prichard one of the Serjeants at Mace of the said Town having made Oath that he legally Summoned the Members of the said Corporation who at present reside within the said Town or the precincts thereof
Whereas it appears to the Members of the Corporation of the said Town in Councell assembled that there is by severall publicans and others resideing near or in the Markett of the said Town kept Severall Beams Scales and Weights for the Weighing of all Goods Merchandizes Victualls provisions and other Commodities and it appearing that such Beams Scales and Weights are not iust and lawfull and Agreeable to the Standard which is a Great prejudice as well to the sellers of such Goods merchandizes victualls provisions and other Commodities as Buyers and we duly considering the same to be a very great Oppresion, do Hereby Order and Consentt, that the Bailiffs of this Town for the time being do immediately as soon as convenient time will allow and permitt fitt up the room under the Hall, designed for A Weighouse and procure and buy two Beams two pair of Scales and all proper Weights for the Weighing of all such Goods wares Merchandizes provisions and Victualls, and also appoint a proper person to take Care of Such Weighhouse Beams Scales and Weights and iustly and truly weigh all such Commodities as shall be brought to ye said Town on Markett days or other days for Sale and also to appoint a proper person as a Cooper to Assist in the Weight of all Butter or other Commodities as shall require ye attendance of Such a person which Said room is hereby Ordered and Appointed to be the publick and Common Weighhouse of the said Town and no other And the profitts thereof to be apply'd to ye Use of the Bailiffs Ald'men and Burgesses of the said Town.
Cardiffe Town To Witt. At a Court of Common Councell duly Summoned and held for the said Town on Thursday the 5th day of ffebruary 1746 David Prichard One of the Serjeants at Mace of the said Town having first made Oath that he had legally Summoned the Members of the Corporation who at present reside within the Limits of the said Town.
Whereas the Bailiffs of this Corporation has been applied to for
and on Behalf of the people called Quakers desiring that the said
Quakers may have the use of this Town hall for their Generall Yearly
meeting for the Exercise of their Religion According to their Custom
this next Ensuing Spring in pursuance of which request We the
Bailiffs Aldermen & Burgesses, of the said Corporation being now in
Councell assembled for that purpose and taking the said request into
Consideration do hereby unanimously consent and Agree to permitt
and Suffer them the said Quakers to hold such their General and
yearly meeting for the Exercise of their said religion in the said Town
Hall for any reasonable time provided such meeting be not kept
during the time that the Great Sessions for the County of Glamorgan
be held and also that they the said Quakers, shall be Bound and
obliged to make good any damages, that shall be done or Committed
in the said Hall during their meeting therein, And We do hereby Order our Town Clerk to make out Such Admission, under our
Common Seal. Witness our hands
David Owen Thos Mathews.
Cardiffe Town to Witt. Saturday the 25th of July 1747 John Abbis of the said Town Ironmonger was Sworn publick Weigher of all Wares Goods and Merchandizes weighed in the publick Weighhouse in the said Town and Also to render a just Account to the Magistrates of the same of all Sumes of money by him had and received for ye weighing of Such Goods According to ye Usual Custom of payment for Weighing any goods before John Okey Esquire Senr Bailiff of the said Town
1747 Aug. 20. John Martin, of Cardiff, labourer.
Joseph Thomas, of Cardiff, sadler; fee 3s.4d.
Sept. 29. Daniel Jones, of Llantwit Major, yeoman.
Edward Wilkin, of Llantwit Major, yeoman.
David Thomas, of Llantwit Major, yeoman.
Charles Morgan, of Saint Donat's, yeoman.
Rowland Carey, of Cardiff, victualler.
Richard Thomas, of Lisvane, yeoman.
William Thomas, of Llanishen, yeoman.
Morgan Rees, of Llanishen, yeoman.
Llewellin Powell, of Llanfihangel-y-fedw, yeoman.
William David, of Saint Donat's, yeoman.
Oct. 29. John Estons, of Cardiff, shoemaker; fee 3s. 4d.
|The Seventeenth of November 1747 John Phillips Son of John Phillips late of the said Town Alderman was bound An Apprentice to Griffith Griffiths of the said Town Apothecary for the term of Seven Years.|
Thursday the 17 March 1747 John Jenkin of the said Town Victuallr was duly Sworn publick weigher in the said Town & to render a just Account of what Money he receives for the Weighing of all Such Goods (to be allowed half for his trouble) when called upon there was at the same time delivered into the Custody of the said John Jenkin a large Beam & Scales 2 half hundreds 2 quarters of a hundred two fourteen pound Weights two Seven pounds two four pounds all Iron one Brass two pound one Brass one pound
Sept. 21. Wednesday. At Cardiff Castle, before Herbert Mackworth, esquire, Constable of the Castle, Arthur Williams and George Watkins, Aldermen, were sworn Bailiffs; and Edward Noble, victualler, and Jacob Rosser, were sworn Serjeants at Mace.
29th. The following were made free:—
John Portrey, of Llantwit Major, yeoman.
William Morgan, of Cardiff, tobacconist.
Rees Charles, of Monknash, yeoman.
David Prichard of Wick, gentleman.
Thomas Williams, of Llanishen, Yeoman.
Edward Waters, of Uske in the county of Monmouth, apothecary.
Cardiffe Town To Witt. At a Court of Aldermen duly Summoned
and held for the said Town on Thursday the 9th of February 1748 it
appearing unto us the Aldermen then Assembled according to such
Summons and whose hands are hereunto subscribed that Llewellin
Williams of Duffryn Esqr Steward of this Town is lately deceased
So that the Office of Steward of the said Town is now Vacant We
do therefore in pursuance of the power granted to us by the Charters
of the said Town as also according to the Antient Customs of the
said Town Elect William Powell of the Inner Temple London Esqr
Barrister at Law to be and act in the Office of Steward of the said
Town in the Stead and place of the said Llewellin Williams Dece'd
as Wittness our hands the day and year aforesaid
Cardiffe Town To Witt. Saturday the 25th March 1749 William Powell of the Middle Temple Esqr was Admitted and Sworn a Burgess or ffreemand of the said Town by Arthr Williams and George Watkins Esqrs Bailiffs of the said Town
Cardiffe Town To Witt. Att a Court of Common Councell duely Summoned and held on Wednesday The Twenty third day of August 1749 Four assistants or Capital Burgesses Being Wanted In the room of Mr John Phillips and Mr Thomas Seabrook who were both Sworn Aldermen and In the place and Stead of Mr Richard Jenkins and Mr Gabriel Lewis Late Assistants deceased We whose hands are hereunto Subscribed Do Elect and Choose by a Majority of The Corporation then present Mr Cradock Nowel Tanner Mr Arthur Williams the Younger Mr Edward Watters and Mr William Brewer Marriner As Witness our hands.
Cardiffe Town To Witt. Wednesday 23d of August 1749 Mr Cradock Nowell Tanner, Mr Arthur Williams The Younger and Mr Edward Walters apothecary were sworn assistants of this Town pursuant to the preceeding Election
At the same Time It appearing That Severall persons stand
Indebted for Rent Due to this Corporation It is hereby Ordered That
The present Townclerck May & do forthwith Take all proper and Due
measures to Compell them to pay the same and that The Expence
thereof be Allowed out of the Town Stock
29th September 1749 Lloyd Lamphey of St Donats Yeoman William Portrey of Cardiffe Sadler and Edward Prichard Junr of Wick yeoman were admitted and Sworn Burgesses or ffreemen of ye Sd Town of Cardiffe before George Watkins Esqr one of the Bailiffs of ye said Town.
Cardiffe Town To Witt. Thursday the 5th of September 1749 Henry Yeomans of the said Town Glover was Sworn an Alderman of the said Town in the room and stead of Alexander Purcell Esqr alderman lately deceased before Herbert Mackworth Esqr Constable of the Castle of Cardiffe.
Cardiffe Town To Wit. Wednesday the 18 April 1750 Rees David of Cardiffe Shoemaker was admitted & Sworn a Burgess or ffreeman of the said Town by Edmd Lloyd and John Okey Esqrs the then Bailiffs and paid for such his admission the sume of 3s. 4d.
Septr. 29. The following were admitted Burgesses: —
William Morgan, of Llantrisant, tiler.
William Llewellin, of Llanharan, yeoman.
John George, of Lavernock, yeoman.
William Thomas of Dyffryn Ffrwd, gentleman.
Thomas Howells, of Caerphilly, currier.
Cardiffe Town to Wit. At a Court of Common Councell duly Summoned and held for the said Town on Wednesday the 9th of January one thousand Seven hundred and ffifty three Common Councell Men or Assistants being wanting in the Corporation to fill up the Same According to the Antient and accustomed Method of Choosing and electing the same, Arthur Tanner Currier David Prichard Joyner and Ralph Bowen Innkeeper were this day duly elected admitted and sworn Common Councell Men or assistants of the said Corporation for that purpose duly assembled and met together as Witness our hands the day and year aforesaid.
24th. George Watkins and Henry Yeomans, Aldermen, were sworn Bailiffs, at the Castle, by Herbert Mackworth, Esqr., the Constable; and William Portrey and Watkin Morgan were on the same occasion sworn Serjeants at Mace by the said Constable.