Cardiff Records: Volume 4. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1903.
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Cardiff Council Minutes 1835–1843.
Cardiff Borough to Wit
AT a Meeting of the Councillors of the said Borough, held at the Guildhall in the said Borough on Thursday the 31st day of December 1835, for the purpose of electing Aldermen for the said Borough pursuant to the directions of the Municipal Corporation Act.
It was also Resolved that Quarterly Meetings be held by the Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors for the transaction of business under the Municipal Corporation Act, viz., the 1st day of March, the first Monday in June, and the first Monday in September 1836, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon.
The same gentlemen, in conjunction with Mr. Richard Tredwen, were appointed " a Committee to report on the duties of Water Bailiff and Conservation of the River Taff, particularly with reference to the necessary buoys to be placed or preserved outside the Sea Lock."
1836 Jan. 15 Friday. Committee of six appointed "to investigate the funds and Estates of the Corporation and to prepare such a Record of the Property as may be placed in the Minute Book for future reference."
|Rental as per Roll||142.||15.||7|
|Harbour Dues produced last year, clear of deductions||501.||1||6|
|Tolls on Slates||7.||5.||2|
|Supposed produce of Market Stallage||450.||0.||0|
June 6 Monday. Ordered, that the Town Clerk prepare a table of the fees taken by him as Registrar and by the officers of the Court of Record for this Borough, that a Table of Fees may be made and settled by the Council of the Borough, to be submitted to one of the Secretaries of State pursuant to 5 & 6 W. 4, c. 76, s. 124.
Mr. Whiting having proposed to this Meeting to sell his house in Angel Street: Ordered, that Messrs. C. C. Williams, R. Reece and W. Bird be a Committee to value the same and to report thereon to the next Meeting.
23 Thursday. Messrs. Williams, Reece and Bird having reported to this Meeting that Mr. Whiteing's house in Angel Street is worth £250 and that it would be a very desirable purchase for the improvement of the Town, and Mr. Whiteing having attended this Meeting and offered to sell the premises for such sum, the same to remain on Mortgage for three years at 4 per cent, from the 24th day of June instant when possession is to be given. (fn. 1)
Ordered, that the Corporation attend Divine Service at Cardiff Church on the last Sunday in each month, and that the Serjeants at Mace attend and give notice to the Members of the Council as heretofore.
No Assessors for the Borough having been appointed on 1 March last, and doubts being entertained by whom the List of Burgesses should be revised: Ordered, that a Case be prepared by the Town Clerk and Counsel's Opinion taken thereon.
Annual sum of £52. 10. 0 is to be allowed the Mayor for the time being, to enable him to continue the charitable benefactions; such as £21 to the Cardiff Dispensary, £10 to the Cardiff School, and ten guineas towards the evening lectures in Cardiff church.
The duties of Serjeants at Mace are to act as Criers of the Court of Record and to serve Process of such Court and to summon Juries. Also to deliver notices and letters to the Aldermen and Councillors, when required by the Town Clerk. To attend the Mayor when required, and also the Council on all public occasions.
The Treasurer is directed to take possession of the piece of waste occupied by Mr. William Jones opposite his timber-yard, and also of the strip of ground leading from the Canal Bridge to the lime-kiln on the eastern side of the Canal.
May 1 Monday. Committee appointed to examine the old Rentals of the Corporation, to ascertain if they have any claim to the land on the east side of the Canal, south of the Custom House Bridge, as shewn on the Corporation Map of 1829.
The piece of open ground in Saint Mary Street, near the little Steam Mill, on which Mr. William Jones is in the habit of depositing timber &c., is to be thrown open and kept clear for the use and accommodation of the public by improving and widening the thoroughfare. Mr. Richards is to take immediate steps to enforce this Resolution, by requesting all persons depositing timber or other materials on the ground to remove the same.
Attending Council Meetings, taking down and entering
Minutes, and giving Notices on the Town Hall door.
Attending Committee Meetings, and making Minutes of the proceedings.
Assisting at Ward Elections.
Attending the Mayor and Council on public occasions.
Attending Courts of Record as Registrar every alternate Thursday.
August 28 Monday. The Committee appointed on 1 May to
enquire into the rights of the land on the east side of the Wharf,
have made every enquiry respecting it and are of opinion that the
Corporation have not parted with their right since it was first put
down on the map produced to the Committee at a previous Meeting.
Mr. Thos. Dalton is to be requested professionally to enquir into the Corporation's title to the land opposite the ironmaster's field below the Custom House, and to report what steps can be taken for the recovery of the same.
October 9. Moved by James Lewis and seconded by Thomas Dalton: That every Motion and Amendment put by any Member be always inserted in the Minute Book of the Meeting, with the names of the Members who have voted on either side.
November 9 Thursday. Alderman Henry Morgan elected
Mayor and appointed Judge of the Court of Record.
Mr. Thomas Dalton verbally reported that from the inquiries made by him he considered the Corporation could not make out any title to the land opposite the ironmaster's field below the Customhouse.
An arrangement was about this time made with Mr. Robert Daw for collection of the Harbour Dues at 5 per cent.
1838 February 5. Memorandum to be presented to Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State, and Petitions to the Houses of Parliament, praying that Borough Justices may be invested with the same authority and powers at the Court of Quarter Sessions as the County Magistrates, notwithstanding the Municipal Corporation Act.
May 7. Ordered that a Clerk and Inspector of Markets be appointed at a salary of £13 per annum, and that the person so appointed understand the Welsh and English languages, and that notice be given of such appointment.
November 9 Friday. Charles Crofts Williams, alderman, elected
Mayor and appointed Judge of the Court of Record.
The thanks of the Meeting are given to the late Mayor, Henry Morgan, esq., for his kind invitation to dinner on this day. The Councillors, however, decline to accept such invitation, that it may not be drawn into a precedent that the Mayor is expected to invite the Council annually to dinner with him.
Resolved, that on this day and every 9th of November annually, it is expected the Council will dine together at their own individual expence at 5 o'clock, and that the Mayor (if present) be requested to take the Chair.
December 10. A plan is to be made of the Town Wall adjoining
to the Mason's Arms in Crockherbtown ; of which part of the Wall
the Town Clerk is, if necessary, to recover possession by ejectment.
The Finance Committee are to let the houses at the Old Quay and the rooms under the Town Hall not used as Prison rooms.
1839 February 4. William Edmunds, of the Mason's Arms,
having encroached on the Town Wall near the Crockherbtown Lock,
by building part of a cottage thereon: Ordered, that he be required
to pay a guinea per annum as tenant for such encroachment.
John Rees, of the Unicorn public house, Crockherbtown, having taken down part of the Town Wall between his premises and the Canal: Ordered, that he be required to pay one guinea per annum as tenant at will of the opening and thoroughfare so made.
John Nicholl, esq., of Coedriglan writes, on behalf of the Court of Quarter Sessions for the County, asking the Corporation to allow the County to construct cells under the Town Hall, for prisoners awaiting trial at Assizes and Sessions.
His request is to be complied with, subject to the Corporation's being allowed the joint use of the cells.
May 6. Jeremiah Stockdale appointed Keeper of the Borough
Prison, in the room of David Evans deceased, without any additional
salary to that now paid him as Superintendent of Police.
John Evans is appointed Hall Keeper in the room of David Evans deceased.
(The Cymreigyddion Society at this time met at the Town Hall.)
August 5. Resolved, that on the day when the Bute Ship Canal
is to be opened, the Members of this Corporation do meet as a body
corporate, with the Serjeants at Mace, and offer their services to
attend the Marquess of Bute to witness the entrance of the first
ship into the Bason.
Ordered, that the old cottages now standing on the west side of Womanby Street be pulled down, and slaughter houses erected on the site.
November 9 Saturday. Alderman Richard Reece elected Mayor
and appointed Judge of the Court of Record.
Ordered, that the sum of twenty pounds be allowed the late Mayor and Mr. Henry Morgan towards the expences attendant on calling out Special Constables, pensioners &c. during the late expected attack by the Chartists from the neighbourhood of Newbridge.
Daniel W. Davis
John James Watkins
William Head Deacon
William J. Watson
Richard J. Todd.
(E. P. Richards, Town Clerk.)
December 9. Mr. Todd having promised to have the door of the
New Market Tavern altered from Trinity Street to Church Street,
which he has not done: Ordered, that a wall be built to enclose
the Corporation property in Trinity Street.
Resolved unanimously, that the sincere and cordial thanks of this Council are due to Thomas Phillips, esquire, late Mayor of Newport, for the communications made by him to the Town Clerk of this Borough on the 3rd day of November last, in anticipation of the rising of the Chartists, and for the judicious and determined conduct displayed by him on occasion of the unprovoked and traiterous attack of the Chartists on the following day, and that a Copy of this Resolution be transmitted by the Town Clerk to Mr. Phillips.
1840 March 9. Petition to be presented to the House of
Commons, that power be given for appointing pilots for the Port
Resolved that all goods purchased in Cardiff Market be weighed without any charge either to vendor or purchaser.
July 6. Resolved, that permission be granted to the Marquis of Bute to place a tablet to the memory of the late Mr. Alderman Bird in the Aldermens' Aisle, Saint John's church, Cardiff, as requested by his Lordship.
Novr. 9 Monday. David Evans, alderman, is elected Mayor and
appointed Judge of the Court of Record.
Ordered, that the Town Clerk take the necessary steps for procuring an Act of Parliament for appointing and regulating the pilots and others connected with the Port of Cardiff, and for the general regulation of the Port and conservating the river.
Ordered, that the contract for keeping the Town Hall clock in repair or regulating the same be suspended, and that it be referred to a Committee (named) to take into consideration the state of the clock and to make such Orders as they may think necessary until they can make a Report.
30. Town Clerk to take Counsel's opinion as to the Council's
right to make a Borough or Watch Rate.
£1 reward to be offered to any person who shall procure the conviction of any butcher for slaughtering on his own premises within the Borough.
1841 February 1. John Owen, blockmaker, appointed Water
Bailiff vice William Pettigrew deceased.
[From this date, for several years onward, the Minutes, besides being signed by the Mayor and Town Clerk as heretofore, are sealed with the small Tudor Rose seal, on a wafer, with paper stuck over it.]
May 3. Jeremiah Box Stockdale appointed Hall Keeper vice
Ordered, that the roof and the steps in front of the Town Hall be repaired, and that the iron gates at the foot of the steps be so removed as to allow the fire engines to be taken in. (fn. 2)
Ordered, that permission be given to Mrs. Ward to place the shutters of her shop against that part of the Town Hall which forms a nook at the pine end of the Hall near the gas pipe, she paying one penny per annum for the same.
A Coroner's Inquest having been holden on Alexander Robertson, and a verdict of "Found drowned with marks of violence on his person" having been returned by the Jury: Ordered, that a reward of £50 be offered by the Mayor to any person (except an accomplice) who shall give such evidence as shall lead to the discovery and conviction of the person or persons who inflicted the same.
1842 February 7. A letter from Mr. Napier, the Chief Constable of the Rural Police force, addressed to Alderman Richard Reece upon the subject of placing the Constabulary force of this Town under his control, having been placed before this Meeting: Resolved, that it is the opinion of this Meeting that it is unadvisable to do so, but that it is our incumbent duty to watch over the interests of the Town ourselves as heretofore.
September 19. A watch box to be erected near the Wharf, for
the convenience of the Police.
Ordered, that the Corporation dine together on the 9th of November; that the Auditors and Assessors be allowed to dine, and that the Marquess of Bute, Lord James Stuart and any of the Marquess' family who may then be resident in the Town be invited to dine with the Corporation.
1843 Jan. 12. Ordered, that possession be taken of the premises adjoining the Old Quay, leased of Mr. E. P. Richards for 999 years at £15 per annum; and that the Mayor be authorized to pull down the premises and to dispose of the materials, except the stones.