Cardiff Records: Volume 4. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1903.
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Cardiff Council Minutes. 1868–1872.
May 21. The Lords of the Committee of Council on Education inform the Mayor that Mr. Whitworth desired one of his sixty scholarships of £25 should be placed at the absolute disposition of the Corporations of Cardiff and Swansea, as they might agree. Richard Aubrey Essery, esq., Town Clerk of Swansea, writes that his Town Council had appointed a committee to confer with Cardiff thereon. The Corporation now appoints a Committee to make arrangements with Swansea.
|Prize at Regatta||£50.|
|Illumination of Town Hall||200.|
|Gas for do. &; triumphal arches||50.|
|Illumination of St. John's tower, &; statue of Marquis of Bute||100.|
Resolved, that the Mayor accept the invitation of Mr. G. T. Clark, the High Sheriff, for the Corporation to be guests at the County Dinner at the Drill Hall, in celebration of the attainment by the Marquis of Bute of his majority.
Resolved, that a sum not exceeding £250 be applied for the purpose, and that the same be taken out of the £1500 voted to the Mayor to meet the expenses of the rejoicings on the occasion of the Marquis of Bute coming of age.
"We the Mayor, Alderman and [Capital] Burgesses of the Borough of Cardiff desire, as well on our own behalf as on that of the Town we represent, to offer to your Lordship our most sincere and hearty congratulations upon the arrival of that period in your Lordship's life when you have to undertake the responsibilities of your vast inheritance and participate in the legislation of this great country.
"It is superfluous for us to acknowledge how largely this Town is indebted for its high commercial position, for its many charitable and public institutions, and for all that tends to the prosperity and happiness of the people, to the forethought, enterprise, benevolence and sympathy of the lamented nobleman whose name you bear. From the day which closed his valued life, those to whom the management of his extensive and important properties was entrusted have most ably carried out the great designs of his distinguished mind and, while duly protecting the estate confided to their care, have materially benefitted this Town in which his Lordship took so much interest.
"We repeat our warm congratulations upon your Lordship's accession to your noble inheritance; and we pray that, under the blessing of Divine Providence, you may be long spared to continue in its enjoyment; and that, following in the steps of your honoured father, it may be so administered as to promote your Lordship's own happiness and conduce to the welfare of this important Town and district.
Votes of thanks to the Mayor, to the Chief Constable of the County Police (Colonel Lindsay), and to Mr. Jeremiah Box Stockdale, Superintendent of the Borough Police, for their services during the festivities in celebration of Lord Bute's attainment of his majority.
"Resolved unanimously, that the thanks of the Council be given to Superintendent Stockdale for the very efficient manner in which he conducted the procession on the entry of the Marquis of Bute into the Town on Wednesday last."
The Council being the Local Authority for that purpose constituted by the Representation of the People Act, 1867; it was ordered, that the several Polling Districts for the Borough of Cardiff be at the places hereinafter named.
And that notice thereof be given by advertisement in the Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian and the Cardiff Times newspapers, and by affixing printed notices on the outer door or walls of the churches and public chapels within the Borough of Cardiff.
Common Seal affixed to the Corporation's Conveyance to the Postmaster General of the piece of land (on the site of the old workhouse) agreed to be sold for the purpose of erecting a new Post Office, and also Agreement as to access to letter boxes.
Richard Robertson and William Morgan appointed Sergeants at Mace, at a salary of £5 each and a suit of clothes. They are to deliver Notices and letters to the Aldermen and Councillors when required by the Town Clerk, and to attend the Mayor and Council on all public occasions.
Petition to Parliament to abolish the present system of nominating candidates to represent any place in Parliament, and to adopt in lieu thereof the plan now used in the nomination of Town Councillors and Guardians or some other suitable plan.
That such of the anchors and chains in Stuart Street yard as are of any service be removed to the yard on West Bute Dock, and the the remainder to be sold for the best price that can be obtained and the Stuart Street yard given up.
That a sum of about £150 is annually paid by the Clerk to the Borough Magistrates, to the Treasurer of the County, in respect of fines inflicted for offences committed and dealt with by the Borough Magistrates.
That, in order to secure such fees for the benefit of the Town, as well as exemption from the payment of a considerable portion of the Borough contribution towards County expenditure (such contribution being in the gross near £3,300 a year), it will be necessary that a separate Court of Quarter Sessions should be formed, a Recorder and Coroner appointed, separate prisons constructed and other charges incurred, which would entail a cost upon the Borough much in excess of the present charges.
That your Committee are impressed with the injustice of fines arising in respect of offences committed within the Borough and exclusively dealt with by the Borough authorities being diverted to County purposes, and recommend that a Memorial be presented to the Secretary of State praying the insertion of a clause in some general measure, by which the evil complained of may be remedied.
The Mayor reported that a Petition had been presented to the House of Commons, on behalf of the Town Council, praying that the granting of licenses for the sale of beer may be transferred from the Inland Revenue Office to the Magistrates.
Resolved, that this Meeting, having read the evidence given by Colonel E. S. Hill before the Parliamentary Committee of Enquiry as to the mode of conducting Elections (in reference to the disturbances at the late contested Election for the Borough), believes it to be a true and temperate statement of the occurrences at Cardiff as witnessed by him.
Adverting to the conversation you had with me on Tuesday last, in which you told me it was the wish of the SubCommittee that I should resign my office of Superintendent of Police, I desire to say that, whilst I should not wish to continue that office in opposition to the views of the Council, I am not conscious of any inability to fulfil the duties I have discharged so many years; and that to exchange a life of honorable activity for one of no employment would be entirely repugnant to my feelings. I have now served the Corporation upwards of 34 years, and during the whole of that prolonged period I have devoted the whole of my time and abilities to the duties of my office; and I believe that the manner in which those duties have been performed has equally commanded the approval of the Council, the Magistrates and the public. So far as I am aware, nothing whatever has been alleged against me; nor is it even intimated that my conduct has not been actuated by entire conscientiousness. Under these circumstances, having spent the best years of my life in the service of the Corporation, and knowing how unfitted I am for other occupation, I am naturally most reluctant to consent to an enforced resignation; and notwithstanding the recommendation of the Sub-Committee I can hardly think that the Corporation will wish to terminate the connection which has so long subsisted between them and an old and tried Servant, under circumstances so opposed to his wishes and so painful to his feelings. Should, however, it be the opinion of the Council that the efficiency of the Public Service would be promoted by my tendering a resignation of my office, I beg respectfully to place the same in your hands. I am, Dear Sir,
As an Amendment to the Motion that the Report of the Watch Sub-Committee be adopted, it was moved, and eventually resolved by a majority of one, that Superintendent Stockdale be requested to withdraw his resignation.
The question of payment of expenses by the Candidates at the late Parliamentary Election was considered, together with the objection on the part of Mr. Giffard to pay his proportion; and the Town Clerk was instructed to make a further application for the same. [The matter in dispute was eventually referred to the decision of Robert Oliver Jones, esq.]
We the Ratepayers of the Borough of Cardiff, in a Public Town Meeting (convened by the Mayor to take into consideration the recent vote of your Honourable Corporation) assembled at the Stuart Hall on Wednesday the 8th day of December 1869, by adjournment from the Town Hall on Tuesday the 7th day of December 1869, have by Resolution unanimously passed, recorded our entire disapproval of the appropriation of any portion of the Poor's Rate for a purpose so foreign to that for which it was levied as the payment (in the form of an addition to the Mayor's salary) of a sum of One Hundred Pounds as rent for the Drill Hall; and we hereby respectfully, but most urgently, request you will, at the earliest possible opportunity, rescind such Resolution.
Resolved, that the Town Clerk write to the Trustees of the Marquis of Bute, enquiring as to the probable date of the opening of the new low-water pier and if it would be agreeable to them that a public demonstration take place on the occasion.
Mr. R. W. Williams, Solicitor for the Canton Market Company, writes complaining that the Corporation illegally permit the skins of beasts to be sold in the Pig Market, and hold a Corn Market in the vestibule of the Town Hall.
The Council approve the Surveyor's plan for the completion of the new roadway at the north side of the Town Hall, which suggests the removal of the pillars and gates back to the palisading of the road.
Letter received from Mr. E. Payne, Hon. Secretary to the Cardiff Fine Arts and Industrial Exhibition, asking the Council to concur in making the inauguration of the Exhibition appropriate to the occasion.
Resolved, that a Superintendent of Police be appointed in the place of Mr. Jeremiah Box Stockdale deceased; and that the salary be £200 per annum, with an allowance of £10 per annum for uniform, and residence at the Police Station, coals and gas free. The age of applicants is not to exceed 40 years, and the person appointed must devote his whole time to his duties, including the supervision of the Fire Brigade.
1870 November 9 Wednesday noon.
Alderman Charles Williams David elected Mayor.
Mayor's salary to be £300.
Alderman John Bird appointed Deputy Mayor.
Jenkin Jones resigned the office of Water Bailiff.
William Evans and Robert Thomas appointed Serjeants at Mace.
William Rollins, Market Inspector.
John Meredith, Market Weighman.
£550 voted to the Public Library.
£1. 10. 6 was allowed to the Water Bailiff, for replacing buoys.
Resolved, that all the unclaimed property now at the Police
Station be sold, and the proceeds paid to the superannuation fund;
and that in future all unclaimed property be deposited at the Gaol.
A Deputation from a Meeting of the inhabitants of the Borough, held on the 6th day of December instant, and a Deputation from a Meeting of working men of the Borough, held on the 8th day of December instant, to present Resolutions from the several Meetings, requesting the Council to consider the expediency of taking immediate steps for the formation of a School Board for the district, under the Elementary Education Act, attended the Council.
That, if at any time it may be deemed desirable to include in the Borough of Cardiff any part of one or more of the Parishes adjoining the said Borough, it shall be competent for such portions to be included by mutual arrangement of the Borough with such places as are proposed to be included, upon the assent in writing of threefourths in value of the occupiers of such portions or the whole of adjoining Parishes as are proposed to be included in the Borough; and, upon such arrangement being carried out, the newly included portions shall for all purposes of taxation, local government, and all other purposes, be deemed an integral part of the Borough of Cardiff.
Resolved, that the compulsory clauses in the Cardiff Improvement Bill, relative to the removal of the turnpikes two miles beyond the boundary of the Borough, and relative to the Llandaff and Canton Markets, be withdrawn, and the Bill proceeded with.
Resolved (after the defeat of two Amendments), that the Borough be divided into four Wards: The South Ward, the district lying south of the South Wales Railway; the Central Ward, the district between the Glamorganshire Canal, the Taff Vale Railway and South Wales Railway; the West Ward, the district lying west of the Glamorganshire Canal; and the East Ward, the district lying east of the Taff Vale Railway. And that the number of the Council be increased to eight Aldermen and twenty four Councillors.
Resolved (on a division), that the Borough be divided into three Wards, without any increase in the number of Members of the Council; and that it be referred to the Committee appointed to assist the Mayor, to consider as to the best mode of division.
A report from the Water Bailiff as to the wreck of the "Fonmon Castle" in the roadstead (the result of a collision) was read, to the effect that the attempt to raise the vessel was about to be repeated.
The Mayor laid before the Meeting a Memorial to the executors of the Will of the late Dr. Rowland Williams, relative to the library bequeathed by him for the benefit of some town in Wales or Monmouthshire, with priority to Swansea and Carnarvon, and urging the claims of this Borough to the said library, upon the ground of Swansea having tacitly declined the bequest and that Carnarvon had taken no steps in the matter; to which Memorial the Free Library Committee requested the Council to affix their Common Seal.
The Mayor laid before the Meeting a letter dated 28 March 1871, from the Town Clerk of Swansea, in reference to the above Memorial, and stating that the Corporation of Swansea had accepted the bequest of the library and were Defendants in a suit for the Administration of the testator's estate; and the Mayor also laid before the Council some correspondence between the Free Library Committee's Secretary and Mrs. Williams, on the subject.
Resolved, that the Memorial be withdrawn, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to write to Dr. Williams' trustees and inform them that the Corporation of Cardiff was prepared to accept the library on the terms of the Will, in the event of Swansea and Carnarvon failing to do so.
The district lying west of a line following the course of the Glamorganshire Canal, from a point where it intersects the northern boundary of the Borough and including the said canal to the Hayes Bridge; thence southward of an imaginary line through the centre of Bridge Street, Nelson Terrace and Wellington Terrace to the Feeder, and west of the Feeder from that point to the Great Western Railway; and thence following the course of the same railway, on the northern side thereof, to the western boundary of the Borough.
"Surrounded as this Borough is with the evidences of the various races which have held sway within the district, and with remains most interesting to the archæologist, we earnestly hope that the Members of the Institute will feel that their visit will not have been without profit and gratification.
"In welcoming amongst us the Members of the Institute, we cannot forbear expressing the additional pleasure that has been afforded to us by the Institute having selected as the President of this Meeting one towards whom this ancient Borough feels a deep debt of gratitude as the representative of a long and distinguished line of ancestors.
"We also beg to express our sense of the honour conferred on this Borough in being selected as the place of holding the first Meeting of the Institute within the Principality; and our earnest desire is that, when the time of separation shall arrive, the Members of the Institute may carry away with them the recollection of a successful and agreeable Meeting.
The Mayor laid before the Council an Agreement relative to the Meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society at the Cathays Park, which contained various stipulations in reference to works to be done within the Park, and to the opening of the North Road turnpike free of toll during the holding of the Meeting (with regard to which the Town Clerk had written to the Agent of the Marquis of Bute, and also to Major General Wortham as having the superintendence of the County roads.) No replies had been received.
A letter from Captain Bedford, R.N., was read, on the subject of the anomalous state of the Borough arms, which were displayed in two different forms in the Town Hall. (fn. 1)
"We have to report that, in pursuance of the resolution of the Council Meeting of the 25th September last, we have considered the question as to the Arms belonging to the Borough. Upon referring to Berry's 'Encyclopædia of Heraldry' (an authority upon the subject), we find the Borough arms described as: Gules, 3 cheverons [sic] or; but in a note appended to a copy of the work, in the possession of Alderman Reece, it is stated that the arms should be described: Or, 3 cheverons gules; and that he had probably mislead [sic] Berry. The arms: Or, 3 cheverons gules, are the arms of the Clare family, the ancient Lords of the Marches; and their connexion with the Borough raises a presumption in favour of the Borough arms being similar to [those of] the feudal Lord. (fn. 2) We therefore recommend that the Borough arms be borne: Or, 3 cheverons gules; and the present anomaly of the arms appearing in different forms in the Town Hall be corrected."
Letter from Mr. T. Waring, Borough Surveyor. He is desirous of obtaining a portion of the ground in the rear of the Post Office, for the purpose of building a private office. "The permanency of the foot-path into Westgate Street is now probably established; but, if it were desired at any time to close it, the road (fn. 3) between the Post Office Yard and the Town Hall would give sufficient access to a set of offices," and would leave ample space for the backlets of any premises to be built in Westgate Street front.
Resolved unanimously, that a humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, expressive of the congratulation of this Council at Her Majesty's restoration to health, and also of deep sympathy in the sore affliction caused by the dangerous illness of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. (fn. 4)
Councillor Daniel Jones had a Notice of Motion to rescind the Resolution that Meetings of the Watch Committee be private in future; but the numbers present being insufficient by Standing Orders, the matter could not be entertained.
Memorial from a Committee of legal gentlemen, praying the Council to assist the establishment of a Law Library in the Borough. It is one of the proposed rules that all Judges and other persons exercising judicial functions in Cardiff shall have free use of the Library, which should be located in the Town Hall. (Referred to the Property and Markets Committee.)
Committee report that they have considered the offer made by the Cardiff Baths Co., Ltd., for the sale thereof to the Corporation. They are unanimously of opinion that the Baths are not of sufficient capacity for the requirements of the Borough, and that the space does not allow of further extension or for providing Wash-houses.
Resolved, that public rejoicings be held in the Borough on the occasion of the approaching marriage of the Marquis of Bute on the 6th of April next, and that the expenses attending the same be raised by public subscription. Committee appointed to make arrangements.