Cardiff Records: Volume 5. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1905.
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J. W. Vachell.
Richard Cory junior.
G. A. Stone.
G. W. Armstrong.
T. V. Yorath.
D. L. Lougher.
E. W. Shackell.
J. G. Proger.
D. E. Jones.
T. W. Jacobs.
W. E. Vaughan.
W. J. Trounce.
W. J. Newbery.
The Mayor and Financial Clerk are authorized to overdraw the Corporation account at the Old Brecon Bank, (fn. 1) to the extent of £50,000, if required for the purchase of the Waterworks.
The purchase of the Cardiff Waterworks having been completed, it is resolved, that the best thanks of this Council be given to his Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Jones and Bowen, Councillor Sanders and the Town Clerk, Mr. J. L Wheatley, for the valuable services they have rendered to this Borough in connection with the purchase of the Waterworks, and for the highly satisfactory manner in which they have negotiated the necessary loan.
Attention was called to the obstruction in Saint Mary Street, caused by the awning erected in front of the Town Hall on the occasion of balls, &c., and a suggestion was made that in future the sides should be left open until the last moment. Attention was also directed to the want of police in Roath, but no resolution was come to.
Memorial praying the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to consent to an exchange of the site of Castle Street for property belonging to the Trustees of the Marquess of Bute. Recites that one of the Improvements contemplated by the Cardiff Improvement Act, 1875, was the widening of Angel Street on the north side and for the whole length thereof, and the stopping up and appropriating the soil of a very narrow street called Castle Street, which ran parallel with Angel Street; and that for this purpose it was necessary to acquire a number of houses on the north side of Angel Street. That Angel Street and Castle Street were two narrow streets lying parallel to one another and separated by a block of houses forming the northern side of Angel Street and the southern side of Castle Street. That the said houses have been demolished and the site thereof, about twenty feet in width, now forms part of Angel Street; which has thus been formed into a thoroughfare sixty feet wide, more than sufficient for the present requirements of the traffic. That Castle Street is bounded along its northern side by the grounds of Cardiff Castle, the property of the Most Honourable the Marquess of Bute and of the Trustees of the Will of the late Marquess of Bute. That, by the widening of Angel Street, Castle Street has become unnecessary for public purposes, and its site has been agreed to be exchanged for other land.
Resolved, by the Museum Sub-Committee, that the thanks of this Committee be given to Mr. Stanislas Bonfils, Curator of the Museum of Mentone, Corresponding Member of the Academic Society of Cherbourg, of the Archæological Society of the Tarn et Garonne, of the Historical Society of Rhode Island, &c., for the interest he has taken in the progress of the Museum in this town, for the collection of specimens illustrating the evidence which exists of the occupation of the caves of Bausse Rousse by men of the Palæolithic age, and for various fossils from the neighbourhood of Mentone, which he has forwarded by Mr. T. H. Thomas, (fn. 2) for deposition in the Museum.
Letter to the Waterworks Committee from Captain Montgomery, of the 41st Regiment, (fn. 3) asking for permission to fish in the Lisvane Reservoir.
After tracing the history of the Charity, Mr. Duncan pointed out the serious mal-administration of the revenue by the Trustees, the Drapers' Company, and discussed the several clauses of the Memorial presented by the Corporation last October. The Deputation particularly objected to Howell's Charity being conducted as a purely Church of England institution. (fn. 4) The Commissioners promised their most careful consideration of the points brought to their notice.
Mayor, accompanied by the
Aldermen and Councillors.
Consuls and Vice Consuls.
Honorary Members of the Free Library Committee.
They proceeded to the site of the new Free Library, Museum, and Science and Art Schools; when Alderman Bowen, as Chairman of the Special Free Library Building Committee, requested his Worship the Mayor (Mr. John McConnochie) to lay the foundationstone of the new building, which was done.
It appearing that Mr. John Evans, who has resided at Pengam Farm since 1845, has always been accustomed to slaughter sheep on his own premises, and the Farm not having at that time been within the jurisdiction of the Roath Local Board of Health, Mr. Evans is seen to have a prescriptive right, and the prosecution against him is to be withdrawn.
The Town Clerk placed in the cavity of the foundation stone of the new Free Library copies of the local newspapers and the Times of the 27th instant; also a specimen of each coin of the realm for the year 1880, obtained by the Treasurer from the Mint. The following is the inscription on the stone:—
"This Memorial Stone of the Cardiff Free Library, Museum, and Schools for Science and Art, was laid by the Worshipful the Mayor of Cardiff, John McConnochie, Esq., C.E., J.P., on the 27th day of October, A.D. 1880."
D. E. Jones,
John Evans (Canton),
Councillor Rees Jones elected Mayor; salary £300.
Alderman Daniel Jones appointed Deputy Mayor.
Thomas Davies and Joseph Monk, appointed Serjeants-at-Mace.
William Cox appointed Town Crier.
David Davies appointed Inspector and Collector of Market Tolls.
The Town Clerk having informed the Property and Markets Committee that the appointment of a Water Bailiff rested with the Council: Resolved, That the Council be recommended to appoint a suitable person as Water Bailiff in the place of the late David Morse.
General Purposes Committee resolve that in future the several offices of the Corporation shall be closed at one o'clock on Saturday afternoons, instead of Wednesday. (fn. 5)
Also that the following gentlemen be appointed a Sub-Committee to obtain possession of all Records and Charters which are not in the possession of the Corporation:—The Mayor; Aldermen David Evans, Jones, Winstone, Taylor; Councillors Duncan, Bird, Fulton.
Borough Engineer reported that the portion of the Old Town Wall adjoining the canal and on the north side of Queen Street, was exchanged for the frontage of the old Unicorn Inn, which projected eight feet beyond the street line; and that the Corporation have no other property at that point, between the site of the old wall and the Canal, except a short piece (11 feet) of the wall forming a continuation of the street-line eastward of the new premises of Messrs. Hern, drapers.
The Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act Committee having found the Council Chamber occupied by the Royal Commissioners on Education, and the Grand Jury Room also occupied, thus inconveniencing them in holding their meeting: Resolved, That the Town Clerk be instructed to inform this Committee in proper time when the Council Chamber is so occupied, and that the Council be desired to authorise the Property and Markets Committee to provide a room in the Town Hall for Committees meeting under similar circumstances.
Resolved unanimously, that this Council desires to record its high appreciation of the munificent gift made by Lord Bute to the Corporation for the purpose of widening the roadway adjoining the Cardiff Arms Hotel.
Address to Major-General Sir Frederick Roberts, V.C., G.C.B., welcoming him on the occasion of his visit to the Borough, and congratulating him on the success of his Afghan campaign, which included the great march from Cabul to Candahar.
Resolved that the best thanks of this Council be given to James Ware, esq., J.P., for his munificent offer of stained glass to fill four of the windows in the Reference Department of the Free Library, Museum &c. now being erected at Cardiff, as well as for his other efforts to advance the welfare of that institution.
We the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan, in Council assembled, desire to offer to your Lordship and your noble Lady our most sincere and hearty congratulations on the auspicious occasion of the birth of a son (fn. 6) and heir to the ancient and noble house of Bute. We trust that her Ladyship the Marchioness may speedily be restored to health and strength, and that your Lordship and Lady Bute may, under Divine Providence, enjoy many years of uninterrupted happiness and find an ever-increasing source of pride and comfort in your infant son; who we earnestly pray may be spared to enjoy the high position which, in the fulness of time, he will be called upon to assume. And we cherish the hope that the strong community of interest which has ever existed between the inhabitants of the Borough of Cardiff and your predecessors, no less than yourself, may extend unimpaired to your infant son.
I beg to acknowledge with many thanks the address which you have been so good as to send to me; and to offer to yourself, to those who were present with you in the Council on the 28th ultimo, and to all those in Cardiff who are so kind as to wish me well, the expression of my sincere appreciation of their congratulation and friendly feeling towards my family. Little need I say that I participate in the hope that the community of interests of which you speak and which exists between the people of Cardiff and myself may, if my son be spared to inherit it, be both to his and their advantage. I remain, Dear Mr. Mayor, faithfully yours.
Resolved that the Public Works Committee be requested to consider the right of the Taff Vale Railway Co. to close the footpath leading from Blackweir to Crwys Road, and the entrance into and out of the field leading from the Grange Farmhouse to the Crwys Road; and also to enquire into the cause of the stopping up of the footpath near the Maindy Bridge.
Letter from Mr. Daniel Gooch, Chairman of the Great Western Railway Co., to Mr. H. Hussey Vivian, M.P. The Directors regret their inability to comply with the Memorial of the inhabitants of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport praying for an accelerated train-service between South Wales and London. The average number of South Wales passengers between Paddington and the three Welsh towns is only twelve per train per diem, and therefore insufficient to warrant the alterations required.
Mr. John Storrie (fn. 7) is appointed Museum Curator.
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your much esteemed communication of the 12th instant, enclosing the Resolution of sympathy touching the recent brutal assault of an assassin upon the President of the United States. I beg to express my profound gratification at this expression of good feeling towards our President and people from the municipal representatives of the people of Cardiff, and to inform you that the resolution will be at once transmitted to the Hon. James G. Blaine, our Secretary of State, by whom it will be communicated to General Garfield and his family, together with the expression of your own personal sympathy and hope for the President's early restoration to health. The information which reaches me from private sources is of the most encouraging character in this regard, and there is every reason to believe that the President will escape the evil intended for him by his foolish and wicked assailant. I have the honour to be, Dear Sir, with great esteem, Yours faithfully.
Wirt Sikes, (fn. 8)
A letter was read from the officiating priest at the Cemetery, making application on behalf of the Roman Catholics of the Town for an enlargement of their Chapel at the Cemetery. Resolved, that the Chairman, and Councillors Davies and Carey, with the Borough Surveyor, inspect the building and report upon the subject.
Moved by Councillor Carey, seconded by Councillor Treseder, That the Head Constable be instructed to take two or three test cases against the publicans for opening their public houses on Sundays in contravention of the Welsh Sunday Closing Act.
Moved by Councillor Duncan, by way of further amendment, seconded by Alderman Lewis, That this Committee declines to give any instructions to the police until Sec. 3 of the Act be interpreted by some competent authority.
At a subsequent meeting of the Watch Committee a letter from Councillor Beavan was read, enclosing the copy of a resolution passed at a meeting of ratepayers held in the Circus, Cardiff, on the 17th September:—
"That this Meeting expresses regret at the course adopted by the Watch Committee at their special meeting on Monday last; and regarding them, as they do, the authoritative body to enforce Acts of Parliament affecting the Borough, urges upon them the necessity of rescinding the resolution passed at the said meeting, and of giving immediate effect to the Welsh Sunday Closing Bill, which was clearly intended by Parliament to come into immediate operation, for the town of Cardiff; and that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to his Worship the Mayor and to the Town Clerk."
"Resolved unanimously That this meeting, having confidence in the Watch Committee of the Cardiff Corporation, that they are not likely to stultify themselves by rescinding a resolution so lately passed by an overwhelming majority, leave the matter in their hands and take no action for the present."
Moved by Councillor Bird, seconded by Councillor Beavan, That the resolution passed at the last meeting of the Watch Committee be rescinded; and that, as it is desirable to have an expression of opinion on the part of those entrusted with the administration of the law in Cardiff, and also in view of the decision at Neath, this Committee do not further hinder the Law relating to Sunday Closing.
At a meeting of the Free Library and Museum Committee, Dr. Vachell called attention to a paragraph in the Western Mail, stating that the Committee had accepted a copy of the "Intellectual Repository and New Jerusalem Magazine," which the Committee denied. The Chief Librarian was instructed to decline offers of distinctively sectarian periodicals.
Sub-Committee reported on the negotiations between the Corporation and Lord Bute for the purchase or lease of the Bute Docks. The Marquess' representatives had come to the conclusion to advise his Lordship to retain all his dock property in his own control; but Lord Bute was himself prepared to provide a new Dock, in order to give the additional accommodation rendered necessary by the increase in the tonnage of the Port.
Resolved: That the Water Bailiff be instructed to have the "Embriaco," now lying a wreck on Penarth Beach, properly fastened so as to prevent her drifting; and that the Town Clerk be desired to communicate with the Agent of Lord Windsor, asking whether he is in a position to give notice to the owners of the vessel to properly secure her. (The wrecked barque was subsequently broken up on the beach.)
At the next meeting of the Property and Markets Committee the Town Clerk stated that Mr. R. Forrest, Lord Windsor's Agent, had written in reply that, though Lord Windsor was the owner of the foreshore at Penarth, having purchased the same from the Crown, he did not know that his right of ownership would go so far as to give the notice above referred to.
Public Works Committee resolved that Baker's Row, down to the Royal Arcade and across the same into the Tabernacle Chapel yard, be put into repair under the direction of the Borough Engineer, and that steps be taken to maintain the right of way from Baker's Row into the Arcade.
The Newport Road was now being improved by the construction of a footpath on its northern side from the Roath Brook to the river Rhymney, in such a way that it might form a part of the road when the time arrived for the road to be widened and raised above the level of the highest spring tides.
Science and Art Schools Committee pass a vote of thanks to the Town Clerk (Mr. J. L. Wheatley), "who has so efficiently managed the numerous examinations; a work to which he devoted much time, both in arranging and conducting. In addition to this he has placed his collection of works of art at the service of the students, who greatly appreciate the privilege of being able to copy them." Mr. Wheatley had also contributed prizes.
The Free Library Committee applied for £1,017. 8. 9. and interest, realized at the Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition held at Cardiff in 1870, for the purpose of erecting a new Free Library, Museum, and Schools for Science and Art.