Cardiff Records: Volume 4. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1903.
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Cardiff Council Minutes. 1872–1876.
Unanimous vote of thanks to the Marquess of Bute, for his kindness in granting the use of Cathays Park and for his contribution to the fund for the local expenses in connection with the recent Meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society at Cardiff.
Copy Resolution of the Free Library Committee laid before the Council:—That the time has now arrived when it is imperatively necessary that steps should be taken to provide a new home for the Free Library, Science and Art Schools, and Museum; and that the Secretary request the Mayor and Corporation to grant facilities for the acquisition of a suitable site, by gift or exchange, and otherwise to further an undertaking which is so essential to the welfare of the Town.
November 9 Saturday noon.
Councillor Henry Bowen elected Mayor. Salary £200.
The ex-Mayor to be Deputy Mayor.
Henry Fraser, Water Bailiff.
William David and William Hopkins, Serjeants at Mace.
George Stocks, Market Inspector.
John Meredith, Market Weighman.
On accepting the resignation of Mr. Peter Price as Honorary Secretary to the Free Library Committee, the Council resolve that their best thanks be given him for his services in that capacity during the past ten years.
Committee report that, as the Corporation have no land available as a site for the proposed new Public Library, nor any land which they might give in exchange for such a site, the Free Library Committee should arrange terms for a renewal of the lease of the present Free Library premises.
At a Meeting of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce held today, it was reported by a Committee specially appointed for the consideration of the subject, that owing to the depth of water on the Wrach, and the corner of the East Mud being considerably less than the East Dock sill at high water, the navigation from and to the said Dock is greatly retarded, and that a mud bank outside Penarth Dock also retards the navigation, there being as much as 5 feet 6 inches less water on the bank than on the Dock sill.
Resolved, that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor go to London to represent the Corporation at a Meeting of Representatives of Municipal Corporations, in connection with the unduly restrictive provisions of the recent Municipal Corporations Borough Funds Act.
"I have to report that, in accordance with your instructions, I have ascertained the depth of the water in the channel leading to the East and West Bute Docks; and I find that, in the channel to the west, recently dredged by the Trustees of the Marquis of Bute through the Wrach, there is a depth of water about 3 feet 6 inches exceeding that at the sill of the East Bute Dock; and there is also a like increased depth of water in the channel to the east, made two or three years ago between the East Mud and the Marl Bank. With regard to the West Bute Dock, the increased depth of water is of course greater by 18 inches. I do not find that there has been any accumulation of deposit on the Wrach."
Second letter read from Mr. Dalziel:—The channels to the East and West Bute Docks were deepened a few months ago, just before the ss. "Glamorgan" commenced running to this port. The depth of water on the sill of Penarth Dock is several feet greater than at the East Dock, and yet ships cannot go in and out with a greater depth of water; in fact, owing to obstructions outside, no ship is allowed to go in and out of Penarth Dock unless there be 6ft. 6in. more water in the sill of the dock than the ship draws. There is no doubt a deep channel down the river Ely; but the Water Bailiff, who is also Pilot Master, told one of the Committee of the Chamber of Commerce that no pilot would dare to navigate it, on account of the great current and sharp bend in the river. The greater depth of Penarth Dock is thus of no benefit; and, as ships are daily increasing in size, the matter is of great importance to the trade of the Port.
Resolved, that the Town Clerk be instructed to reply to the letter of Carrington Francis, esq., the Lord Chancellor's Principal Secretary, that the Council had no observations to make on the proposed appointment to the Bench of Borough Magistrates of Messrs. John Cory, merchant, William Vachell, merchant, Thomas Evans, surgeon, and Daniel Jones, surveyor.
Mr. Peter Mannion (fn. 1) and his wife are appointed to manage the Corporation Baths, with John Hare as male attendant.
The Mayor informed the Meeting that the Deputation appointed by the Council, with the Mayors of Swansea, Neath and Aberavon, and the Town Clerks, accompanied by the Members for the County and for the Boroughs of Cardiff and Swansea, had attended the Home Secretary to urge the necessity of the attendance of two Judges at the Glamorganshire Assizes; that the Home Secretary concurred, and promised to confer with the Lord Chancellor thereon.
November to Monday noon.
Councillor William Vachell elected Mayor. Salary £200.
Alderman David, Deputy Mayor.
Henry Fraser, Water Bailiff.
William Thomas and Thomas Thomas, Serjeants at Mace.
Committee appointed to consider a Memorial from the Police,
asking for increased pay.
A letter was read dated 19 December last, from the Under Sheriff, Mr. L. V. Sherley, as to Mr. Justice Archbald having complained of the insufficient accommodation at the Judge's Lodgings, and nuisances thereat.
A letter from Mr. Edgar Stockdale, son of the late Superintendent of Police, applying for pecuniary assistance from the Corporation, was referred to the Finance Committee. [The representatives of Jeremiah Box Stockdale deceased had been plaintiffs in an action against the Corporation.]
This Meeting considered the provisions of the new Bute Docks Bill. It was resolved to present a Petition in favour of the Bill, but that the Bute Trustees ought to insert a clause enabling the Town Clerk to obtain such information respecting their annual accounts as might be necessary for the purpose of rating the Docks. [The Trustees declined.]
Resolved, that this Council are of opinion that the municipal boundaries of this Borough should be extended so as to include the parishes of Roath, Llandaff and part of Leckwith. [From the Rhymney to the Ely.]
Resolved, that the Borough Engineer report to the Council as to the damage done by the recent fire at the Police Station; and that the Mayor be empowered to engage a house for the use of the Superintendent of Police, for a term of six months.
The Mayor laid before the Council a Memorial received from Mr. Solomon Marks on the subject of a public demonstration in honour of the approaching opening of the Bute Dock New Basin, and an invitation to Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales.
A letter dated the 20th day of June instant from the Churchwardens of the parish of Saint John, Cardiff, asking the Corporation to pay the sum of £3. 3. o for ringing the bells on the occasion of Her Majesty's Birthday, was read.
We the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Cardiff desire to offer to your Lordship our sincere and earnest congratulations on the successful completion of the New Basin at the East Bute Dock, and the inauguration this day of so important an addition to the extensive dock accommodation already existing.
We hail the presence of your Lordship on this occasion as a token of the deep interest felt in the commercial prosperity of this Port; and, having regard to the largely extended works for which the requisite Parliamentary powers have been obtained, we cannot forbear expressing our admiration of the spirit of public enterprise which prompts your Lordship to undertake works of such incalculable value to the district in general, and also our hearty appreciation of the desire of your Lordship to follow in your late noble father's steps, in carrying out the designs conceived by him with such great foresight.
The Rev. Mr. Norton and other gentlemen, as a Deputation from the Free Church of England attended the Meeting, and requested that the use of the Crown Court might be continued for the purposes of divine service.
1874 November 9 Monday noon.
Councillor Daniel Jones elected Mayor. Salary £300.
Alderman Charles Williams David appointed Deputy Mayor.
Henry Fraser, Water Bailiff.
George Robertson and Joseph Monk, Serjeants at Mace.
Market Inspector and Market Weighman as before.
£700 voted to the Public Library.
Resolved, by an absolute majority of all the Members of the Council, that it is expedient for the said Council, as the Municipal Corporation and as the Urban Sanitary Authority, to promote a Bill in the ensuing session of Parliament, for the extension of the boundaries of the Borough and Urban Sanitary District, to include the Parliamentary District of the Borough of Cardiff, and the portion of the Parish of Roath not within the Parliamentary District; and that there shall be inserted in the proposed Bill provisions for making the Borough and Sanitary District coextensive and coterminous.
For the widening and improving Working Street, Wharton
Street, Trinity Street, Victoria Place, Golate, Angel
Street and Castle Street; and for a bridge across the
Glamorganshire Canal, opposite Hill's Terrace.
Mr. Rees Jones laid before the Meeting a Memorial from the inhabitants of Pen-y-lan, requesting that the portion of the Parish of Roath outside the Parliamentary limits be excluded from the proposed extension of the Borough boundary; but the Council did not deem it advisable to comply therewith.
Resolved, that a further portion of the Parish of Llandaff, lying north of the District of the Canton Local Board of Health, bounded by the river Ely on the east and the river Taff on the west and the parish boundary and Fairwater brook on the north-west, be also included within the limits of the extended Borough.
Mr. Secretary Cross having had under consideration the subject of the Assizes for Glamorganshire, with reference to the attendance of a second Judge, I am directed to acquaint you that it has been settled among the Judges that henceforward the Judge going the North Wales Circuit shall join the South Wales Judge at Cardiff or Swansea, according as the Assizes are held at the one place or the other, and attend the Assizes as second Judge. Before, however, this arrangement can be carried out, I am directed to inquire whether a second Court, and proper accommodation for a second Judge, can be provided at Cardiff and Swansea. I am to request to be favored with a reply to this communication at your early convenience.
Moved by Councillor John Winstone, seconded by Councillor Richard Cory: That public Meetings of the Wards be called for the purpose of getting the public opinion as to the right of the Corporation to the site of the Circus. (fn. 2)
The Cases and Opinions thereon of Messieurs Mellish, Kingdon and Rogers, taken when the subject had been before the Council some years before, were read; and such Opinions being against any such right of the Corporation, the Motion was withdrawn.
Resolved, that the Mayor ascertain the terms of sale of Plasnewydd (fn. 3) for recreation purposes.
March 29. Adjourned.
£350 to be paid to the School Board.
Joseph William Thomas to be appointed Public Analyst.
Memorial to be prepared praying for the formation of a Harbour
of Refuge at Lundy Island.
Council's attention was called to the position of Wells' Charity, and four Members of Council were added to the list of Aldermen for the purpose of submitting to the Corporation the names of Trustees to carry out the Charity.
November 9 Tuesday noon.
Daniel Jones re-elected Mayor. Salary £300.
Henry Fraser, Water Bailiff.
Richard Robertson and William David, Serjeants at Mace.
£900 voted to the Public Library.
Roath County Police Station to be purchased.
Resolved, that the Meetings of the Council as a Local Board of Health, heretofore held, be discontinued; and in lieu thereof that Special Meetings of the Council, to receive and adopt the Reports of the several Committees and for the transaction of such business of which due notice shall have been given, shall be held on the second Monday in the several months of the year, except when the same shall fall on one of the appointed quarterly days of meeting of the Council; and that the Mayor be requested to call such Special Meetings accordingly.
[Then follows the appointment of the Finance, Property and Markets, Public Works, Sanitary, Cabs, Contagious Diseases of Animals, Fire Brigade, Lighting and Water, Cardiff Improvement, and Public Library Committees.]
Resolved, that the Town Clerk be relieved of all duties in connection with the Burial Board, except as Legal Adviser; and that Mr. F. R. Greenhill be appointed Clerk and Registrar to the Burial Board.
Mr. Heard's offer of Mr. Sillifant's premises in Wharton Street for £2,450, was accepted, as also the offer of Mr. Wiltshire's premises in the same street; and it was resolved that the cottages there be pulled down and the materials sold.
Resolved, that the banking account being overdrawn to the extent of £12,000, and large sums being required immediately, the Mayor and Alderman David be empowered to proceed to Town and negociate for a loan on the best terms.
We the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Cardiff, on behalf of ourselves and our fellow Burgesses, and in hearty attachment to your Noble Lady the Marchioness of But, on the Lordship and your Noble Lady the Marchioness of Bute, on the recent birth of a daughter, (fn. 4) which we hail as another tie to those already existing between the noble house of Bute and this ancient Borough.
We desire also to express our fervent hope that this auspicious event may ever be a joy and comfort to your Lordship and noble Lady, and that the life of your infant daughter may be full of all earthly happiness and be a blessing alike to herself and to all around her.
Alderman John Winstone moved, that the Council recommend to the Free Library Committee that the present Reading Room be closed, and that the Free Library be a library of reference only, and be opened daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and that scientific classes be formed in connection with the Library, for skilled workmen, artizans and professionals.
Committee appointed to act in concert with the Aldermen, under Sec. 39 of the Cardiff Improvement Act, 1871, for the purpose of devising a scheme for the better regulation of Wells' Charity, and for the better administration and management of the estates and money of that Charity.
I am directed by Lord Bute to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 17th instant and also the address of congratulation from the Town Council of Cardiff, to Lord and Lady Bute on the birth of their daughter.
Lord Bute requests me to thank the Council as an official body; and to those members of it who have in the past, as well as in the present, acted towards him with fairness and uprightness, he desires to return his own and Lady Bute's sincere acknowledgments for the present manifestation of their kindness.
By an arrangement with the County Roads Board of this County, the roads over and at end of Cardiff Bridge and the Whitehouse Bridge were repaired by the Board, for the last thirty years, for an allowance of Five pounds each bridge.
The Town Clerk was instructed to write to the Rhymney Railway Co. requiring them to carry the footpath leading from Saint Andrew's Place to Roath, under the railway by a bridge similar to the adjacent bridge under the Taff Vale Railway.
A letter dated 14 February 1876 from Messrs. Luard & Sherley, declining, on the part of Lord Bute's Trustees, to light the Penarth Road from the bridge under the South Wales Railway to Clive Street, but suggesting that the road should be placed in the hands of the Council.
Arbitrator appointed in the dispute raised by Michael Spain O'Rourke (fn. 5) concerning apportionment of charge for improvements in Green Lane, otherwise Broadway, and by Selig Brukewich for the like in Cyril Crescent.
Letter from Mr. Forrest, (fn. 6) declining, on behalf of Lord Windsor, to light the Penarth Road.
Letter from Miss Gertrude Jenner, (fn. 7) asking the Council to petition Parliament in favour of the Women's Disabilities Bill; but it did not seem expedient to the Council to accede thereto.
Footpath from Castle Road through the Plasnewydd grounds to the Merthyr Road, (fn. 8) to be re-formed.
Gravel paths are to be constructed, and a few iron benches placed, from Longcross Barracks to Rumney Bridge, and from Roath Court along Merthyr Road as far as the New Cemetery, and from Crwys Gate to North Road.
Special Committee Report as to the fraudulent sale of old paving materials from Bute Street; they recommend that an officer be appointed to check all old materials removed, and to see that the same are duly deposited in the Corporation Yard.
Steam locomotives may only be driven on highways within the Borough between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., and at no greater speed than two miles an hour. (fn. 9)
Claims of Timothy Hayes, (fn. 10) C. Hurley and James Keohane, for diseased cattle slaughtered, are referred to the Special Committee.