Cardiff Records: Volume 5. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1905.
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Cardiff Council Minutes, 1881–1882.
David Edgar Jones,
Thomas Davies and Joseph Monk appointed Sergeants-at-Mace; salary £7. 10s. 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 attend the Mayor and Corporation upon all public occasions."
Moved by Councillor Henry Jones, in pursuance of motion previously given, and seconded by Councillor Rees Jones, and resolved, that, inasmuch as the Royal Education Commission recommended a College for Glamorganshire in connection with the proposed University College for South Wales, it is advisable that the Corporation take immediate steps to secure same for the Borough of Cardiff, and that a Special Committee be appointed for that purpose.
The Mayor informed the General Purposes Committee that William Menelaus, esq., of Dowlais, had generously offered to present to the Corporation of Cardiff a number of valuable works of art, to the value of £10,000, to be placed in the Fine Art Gallery of the new Free Library.
The Most Hon. the Marquis of Bute, K.T.
Right Hon. Lord Aberdare.
Right Hon. Lord Tredegar.
Right Hon. Lord Windsor.
Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Llandaff.
Right Rev. the Bishop of Newport and Menevia.
Sir E. J. Reed, K.C.B., M.P.
E. H. Carbutt, Esq., M.P.
Very Rev. Dean Vaughan.
Rev. J. Buckley.
Rev. Vincent Saulez.
Rev. C. J. Thompson.
Rev. John Griffiths.
Rev. G. A. Jones.
Rev. C. A. Smythies.
Rev. A. J. H. Russell
Rev. W. C. Bruce.
Rev. Cynddylan Jones.
Rev. Joseph Waite.
Rev. A. Tilly.
Rev. N. Thomas.
Rev. W. E. Winks.
The Mayor of Newport.
The Town Clerk of Newport.
R. O. Jones, Esq.
J. S. Corbett, Esq.
Jonas Watson, Esq.
G. W. G. Thomas, Esq., of the Heath.
J. R. Homfray, Esq., Penlline Castle.
W. Menelaus, Esq., Dowlais.
W. T. Lewis, Esq., Mardy.
C. H. Williams, Esq., Roath Court.
F. E. Stacey, Esq.
Cyril Stacey, Esq.
G. C. Williams, Esq., Lanrumney.
R. Forrest, Esq.
Lewis Williams, Esq.
Daniel Owen, Esq.
J. Batchelor, Esq.
J. A. Le Boulanger, Esq.
F. Primavesi, Esq.
John Duncan, Esq.
W. Sanders, Esq.
F. Sonly Johnstone, Esq.
H. Lascelles Carr, Esq.
James Ware, Esq.
Professor Harper, Oxford.
John Cory, Esq., Vaindre Hall, near Cardiff.
Lewis Davies, Esq., Ferndale.
David Davies, Esq., Blaengwawr, Abernant.
John Nixon, Esq., Westbourne Terrace, Cardiff.
A. Dalziel, Esq., Bute Docks, Cardiff.
C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M.P., Margam.
H. Hussey Vivian, Esq., M. P. Swansea.
Count Lucovich, Penhill, Llandaff.
Gwilym Williams, Esq., B.L., Miskyn Manor.
J. P. Thompson, Esq., Redlands, Penarth.
G. T. Clark, Esq., Tal-y-garn, Dowlais.
J. H. Insole, Esq., Ely Court, Llandaff.
W. G. Cartwright, Esq., Newport.
Charles H. James, Esq., M.P., Merthyr Tydfil.
Crawshaw Bailey, Esq., Maindiff Hall, Abergavenny.
R. W. Williams, Esq., Roath Road, Cardiff.
J. Colquhoun, Esq., Iron Works, Tredegar.
L. V. Shirley, Esq., Roath.
Clement Waldron, Esq., Llandaff.
Louis Gueret, Esq., Roath Road, Cardiff.
Henri Gueret, Esq., Llanishen.
Arthur E. Guest, Esq.
The Earl of Dunraven.
Rev. J. T. Waddy, Canton.
Archdeacon Griffiths, Llandaff.
Captain Herbert, Clytha Park, Pontypool.
Rev. Dominic Cavalli, Newport.
Dr. Nicholl Carne, St. Donat's, Cowbridge.
Colonel Turberville, Ewenny Priory.
Colonel Hill, Llandaff.
Colonel Page, Llandaff.
Sir George Elliott, M.P., Bellevue, Newport.
F. G. Mitchell, Esq., Llanfrechfa Grange.
Charles Lyne, Esq., J.P., Brynhyfryd, Newport.
J. A. Lyne, Esq., Newport.
Sir George Walker, Newport.
John Gunn, Esq., Newport Road, Cardiff.
Dr. Wallace, Crockherbtown, Cardiff.
Judge Herbert, Hay.
Judge Falconer, Usk.
Lady Llanover, Llanover Park, Abergavenny.
J. A. Herbert, Esq., Llanarth, Raglan.
Louis Tylor, Esq., Cathedral Road, Cardiff.
Council memorialised the Charity Commissioners, praying them to institute enquiries as to the sum of £1,017. 8. 9., balance of proceeds of the Cardiff Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition 1870, which sum was to be paid towards the erection of a Free Library &c. at Cardiff, and which the Corporation claimed should be paid towards the expenses of the Free Library &c. then in course of erection by the Corporation.
The Council instructed the Mayor to forward to Sir H. F. Ponsonby, K.C.B., Her Majesty's Private Secretary, a Resolution expressing their indignation at the recent detestable attempt upon the life of the Queen.
Resolution of the Council's indignation at and abhorrence of the atrocious crime committed against the Government of the United Kingdom by the assassination of Lord Frederick Charles Cavendish, the newly appointed Chief Secretary, and Mr. Thomas Henry Burke, the Under Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Band of the 2nd Detachment, 2nd
Glamorgan Rifle Volunteers
Architects, Contractor and
Chairman of Building Committee
Four Mace Bearers
Mayor, Town Clerk, Chairman of Free Library Committee
Sir E. J. Reed, Very Rev. the Dean
Mayors and Town Clerks of Boroughs
Hon. Members of Library Committee
Donors to the building fund
Executive Committee of 1881 Exhibition
Consuls and Vice-Consuls
Clergy and ministers
Members of Cardiff School Board
Representatives of Chamber of Commerce
" Law Society
" Medical Society
" Naturalists' Society
Editors of local papers.
The procession will leave the Council Chamber at 11 a.m. and proceed by way of Quay Street to the Cardiff Arms Park, and join the procession of the various trade and benefit societies. The whole procession will then pass through Angel Street, Duke Street, Crockherbtown, Newport Road, Glossop Terrace, Moira Terrace, Adam Street, Bute Terrace, Custom House Street, Saint Mary Street, Church Street, Trinity Street.
Waterworks Committee recommend the Council to construct a new reservoir at Llanishen, and filter-beds near the Heath, the Reservoir to contain 300 million gallons, as the first step towards providing a complete water-supply for the Borough.
One day's pay is to be allowed extra to each member of the Police, as a recognition of their duties performed during the holding of the Bath and West of England Agricultural Show at Cardiff in Whit week.
Resolved, upon the motion of Councillor Bird, seconded by Councillor Enoch, That the representatives of the Roath Ward be appointed a deputation to wait upon Lord Tredegar with the view of trying to make some arrangement with him whereby a public park may be secured for that part of the Borough.
Resolved, upon the motion of Councillor Sanders, seconded by Councillor Bird, That, considering the serious aspect of affairs arising from the proposition to promote Docks outside the boundaries of the Borough of Cardiff, (fn. 1) a representation be made to the various com mercial and dock interests, asking them to meet together to discuss the possibility of forming a Harbour Trust for the Port of Cardiff, which shall include all parties interested, and which shall be purely a commercial body.
The Town Clerk declined to give information to the Vicar of Saint John's respecting the date of the sale by the Marquis of Bute to the Corporation of the Vicarage Garden in Working Street. The Vicar contended that the Marquis had no proper title to the land in question.
Will you kindly let the Mayor and Corporation of Cardiff know that each and all of the Trustees and myself have given their present suggestion the most protracted and anxious consideration; and that, while we recognize the force of many arguments tending to show that the disposal at some time and to some public body, for an adequate price, of a very large part, or even of the whole, of our direct interest in the Bute Docks might be advantageous, we do not see our way to enter into the negotiation now proposed. Sincerely yours.
D. E. Jones,
R. E. Jones,
Councillor Gaius Augustine Stone elected Mayor; salary £300.
Alderman Daniel Lewis, Deputy Mayor.
Thomas Davies and Joseph Monk, Serjeants at Mace.
David Davies, Inspector and Collector of Market Tolls.
£24. 10. 6. was paid to the Marquis of Bute for the privilege of taking stone, sand and gravel.
Town Clerk recommends that Mr. F. R. Greenhill, the Financial Clerk, should in future be styled the Borough Treasurer, to conform with the terms of the Municipal Corporations Act 1882. Also that the practice of three members of the Corporation signing each cheque be abandoned.
Moved by Councillor Henry Jones, seconded by Councillor Cory, That inasmuch as a paragraph appeared in the Western Mail of Thursday 21 December 1882, reflecting on the honour and morality of the Cardiff Corporation, we instruct the Town Clerk to take Counsel's opinion on the same; and, if there be ground for an action for libel, to take legal proceedings against the Western Mail forthwith.
Moved by Councillor R. E. Jones, seconded by Councillor Reynolds, by way of amendment, That no notice whatever be taken of the paragraph which appeared in the Western Mail of the 21st instant, referring to a member of the Corporation.
T. Gambier Parry, esq., of Highnam Court, Gloucester, was received in the Council Chamber on the 14th December by the Free Library Committee, and was by them accompanied to the Assembly Room, where he distributed the prizes to students of the Science and Art School.
The Town Clerk tendered his resignation of the office of Honorary Secretary to the Free Library Committee, and it was resolved that their best thanks be given to Mr. Wheatley for his valuable services to the institution during the past three years.
Town Clerk reported that he had received notices from the promoters of the Barry Docks and Railway Company, of their intention to apply for parliamentary powers to acquire certain property of the Corporation in the parishes of Cogan and Llandoughjuxta-Cardiff.
Morcombe's statement:—" As to the Milk and Cowkeepers' Licenses, that for about twelve months I have received the money for a number of licenses. I have divided the money for four with Morgan during the last three weeks through me. I asked him to take the money. He knew what the money was received for. As to Drivers' and Conductors' Licenses, I have taken the money for many during the last twelve months, and applied it for my own purposes. During the last twelve months I have, after orders have been received from the Town Clerk's office, altered the order after Mr. Greenhill has signed it, by adding further contracts to be stamped ten shillings each. Then I handed each order to Gordon, who took it to Mr. Lewis, the printer, who gave Gordon the money in order that he might stamp the contracts. Then Gordon would divide the money with me for those I had added to the order. Respecting postage stamps, for about the same period we did the same thing, only getting the money from D. Owen & Co. We only received a few pounds from this source."
The consideration of going on with the prosecution against Gordon for forgery was fully discussed; and the Committee resolved to continue proceedings but, if possible, to obtain a conviction on the charge of embezzlement.
Property and Markets Committee. A letter was read from Mr. J. S. Corbett, denying Lord Bute's liability to pay rent for land known as the Old Barracks, near the Blind Asylum, Longcross Street, to the Corporation, and referring them for payment to the authorities of the Cardiff Infirmary.
Attention was called, at the Cabs Committee, to the fact that Mr. Solomon Andrews had recently changed the starting-point of his omnibuses, from the junction of Adamsdown Road with Newport Road, to the corner of Clifton Street, without having obtained permission.
Special Committee re New Dock. The first sod of the New Dock was to be cut by the Marquis of Bute on 31 January; and it was suggested that a public demonstration should be made by the Corporation and the various Trade and Benefit Societies, to celebrate the event, and that the day should be observed as a general holiday. This Committee was accordingly formed to carry out the necessary arrangements.
It was arranged that an open-air procession should be formed, to attend the opening of the New Dock, and that the various societies should be invited to join in it. The route was fixed as follows:— From Westgate Street, via Angel Street, High Street, Saint Mary Street, Custom House Street, Bute Road to the Docks. The Mayor proposed that, after the conclusion of the ceremony by the Marquis of Bute, the procession should re-form and accompany his Lordship back to Cardiff Castle and then disperse. Mr. J. Tayleure, of the Circus, offered the services of his brass band dressed in uniform, for the procession, which was accepted by the Committee with thanks. The Oddfellows arranged to provide two bands.
The Mayor is requested to convene a public meeting of the burgesses of Cardiff, to discuss the proposed construction of a dock at Barry, which a memorial of the Cardiff burgesses has called on the Council to oppose.
With respect to the conversation which I had this morning with yourself and Mr. Alderman Jones, as to the terms upon which the above property might be acquired by the Corporation for the purpose of public improvement, I beg to inform you that the property is held under a lease granted by the Churchwardens and Overseers of the United Parishes of Saint John and Saint Mary, Cardiff, to the late William Prichard, Esq., for 99 years from 1824, at the annual groundrent of £7; so that there are now 40 years unexpired Myself and co-owners are now in possession of the property, by devolution from the original lessee, who was my great-grandfather. It has passed through so many hands through deaths and other circumstances, that it would be troublesome and costly to set out a legal title on the part of the present owner; but I should be prepared to take the responsibility of granting a lease in my own name, if the Corporation like to accept it, for the remainder of the term at £127 a year, subject to the existing tenancy of one of the houses, which I expect to revert to me in a few days, as the person in possession is there without my consent. It would be easy for the Corporation to acquire the freehold by arrangement with the Guardians and the Parish of Saint John. I may state that the rent I received from Staniforth, for the corner, was £75, and for the other house £50. I am daily receiving applications, and could easily re-let at increased rents. It is important that a decision should be given at an early date. I am, Dear Sir, yours very truly.
A long judgment is here inserted, given by County Court Judge Selfe in the action of Weaver v. Cardiff Corporation. It decides the Corporation is entitled to charge an extra Water Rate in respect of water supplied by them to a fixed bath in a private house, such not being a supply of water for domestic use within the meaning of the Acts. (This was reversed on appeal, by the Divisional Court.)
Town Clerk read to the Watch Committee a letter from the Cardiff Temperance Association, deprecating the Head Constable's statement that Sunday drunkenness had increased, and calling upon the Corporation to ascertain the facts, with a view to enforcing the Welsh Sunday Closing Act in its entirety.
Town Clerk reported to the General Purposes Committee as to a part of the land upon which the new Infirmary was being built, fronting Longcross Street: That by a lease dated 20 June 1863 the Corporation, with the sanction of the Lords of the Treasury, granted to Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State, for the War Department, a plot of land containing 3 roods 13 perches, for a term of 987 years from 22 December 1856, at a yearly rent of £8. 4. 2½.; and a plot of land containing 2 roods 30 perches, for 1000 years from 22 December 1843, at £6. 15. 9½ per annum. The Town Clerk was of opinion that the Council have not the power to sell or alienate these rents.
Council petition against the Barry Dock Bill, and point out, among other considerations, that the proposed Dock would be within the Port of Cardiff, and the Corporation of Cardiff would be deprived of their harbour-dues.
Mr. William Thomas Lewis writes pointing out that, although objections had been made to the dues charged at the Bute Docks, the Barry Company were proposing to make the same charges at their new docks.
The Council approve a draft memorial to W. T. Lewis, esq., representing that the proposed dock at Barry must necessarily compromise the future progress of the Town and Port of Cardiff; and that the promotion of the Barry Bill has been brought about by the dissatisfaction of the freighters with the mode of transacting business in the Port of Cardiff. They point out the obvious consequences to the revenues of the Marquess of Bute of the success of the Barry scheme, and ask Mr. Lewis to advise Lord Bute to make timely concessions in regard to port rates and charges, which are alleged to be excessive and burdensome.
Mr. E. J. Reed, M.P., writes suggesting certain demands in the matter of dock rates and charges, which he thinks the Bute authorities and Taff Vale Railway Co. would be likely to concede. "By these means," he concludes, "the present deplorable antagonisms would be brought to an end, and Cardiff would start afresh upon her career of almost unexampled prosperity."
The Arbitrators (Lord Carlingford, Lord Bramwell and the Rt. Hon. A. J. Mundella, M.P.) unanimously award that Cardiff become the site of the College intended to be established and endowed in South Wales.
Sir Hussey Vivian contributes £1000 towards the College. In thanking him, the University College Committee of the Cardiff Corporation assure him that it is their earnest desire that the College should be as great a benefit to Swansea and the rest of South Wales as they trust it will prove to Cardiff and Monmouthshire.
Dean Vaughan writes "I am most anxious that the kindest consideration should be shown to the naturally wounded feelings of Swansea. It must be our first care now to try and carry with us the sympathy and co-operation of South Wales, and particularly of the rival town, which has undergone what we must feel to be a trying mortification."
Resolved unanimously, on the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Evans: That the best thanks of this Committee be accorded to Mr. J. L. Wheatley, the Town Clerk, for the zeal and efficiency he has shown in the discharge of the onerous duties of Honorary Secretary to this Committee, and for the valuable assistance he has rendered in carrying out their instructions, and particularly in the preparation and formulation of the arguments and facts which were adduced in support of Cardiff's claims to be the site of the University College for South Wales and submitted to the Arbitrators to whom the question of site was referred, with so completely successful and satisfactory a result. That he be asked to accept the sum of £200 as an honorarium for his special services, and to defray the expenses he has incurred in connection therewith. (This Resolution was engrossed on vellum with the Corporate Seal affixed, and presented to Mr. Wheatley.)
Head Constable's Report to the Watch Committee shows a marked increase in the convictions for drunkenness. "It may appear strange to many that drunkenness should increase when the public houses and beer-houses are closed, and as the statement which I made in reply to a question from a member of your Committee relative to the increase of drunkenness on a Sunday has been challenged and disputed by a number of persons, it will, I trust, not be out of place if I give a few facts as to the cause of the increase. I may add that my statement was based upon reports from my inspectors and sergeants and from personal observation, and not from the number of persons arrested, as a much larger number might have been arrested had the police interfered with quiet drunkards. Those shown in the return are cases of the worst description and could not be passed over. The primary cause of the increase is, that a number of Clubs have been established, also illicit trading is carried on to a great extent. The County of Monmouth being contiguous to Cardiff, a number of people drive out to the country over three miles, to obtain drink, and convey drink home with them to finish their carouse in the evening. Private drinking of liquor purchased on a Saturday, has increased the drinking which previously prevailed. There are thirteen Clubs within the Borough (irrespective of the "County," "Glamorgan" and "Mercantile"); twelve of these have been established since the Act came into force. The registered number for the last quarter is 2,854. The entrance fee or subscription is one shilling per quarter, with the exception of one which is two shillings and sixpence. In some of the clubs the member is (according to the rules) permitted to take a friend. These clubs do a large trade in the sale of liquor during the whole day on Sunday, but little or no business during the week. There are therefore many evasions of the Act, over which the police can exercise no control. Their duties have been considerably increased on a Sunday. The legislature should place the Clubs on the same footing as public houses.
University College Executive Committee elect Lord Aberdare as President of the College; Mr. Henry Richard, M.P., Vice-President; Sir Hussey Vivian, bart., Treasurer, together with 36 members of the University Council, and approve the 60 nominated Governors.
Letter read from Major-General A. Jenkins respecting a large sum of money bequeathed for educational purposes by the late Duke of Mantua and Montferrat. (fn. 2)
Negotiations are pending between the Corporation and Mr. W. G. Cartwright, Lord of the Manor of Llandaff, with regard to the purchase of the manorial rights in Ely, Leckwith and Canton Commons by the Corporation.
Town Clerk wrote Mr. Edward David, cattle dealer, St. Mellon's, with respect to the cattle-fair (fn. 3) proposed to be held in a field in the parish of Llandaff on the following Whit-Monday. The same could not be legally held, being contrary to the Llandaff and Canton District Market Act, 1858.
Sir,—I beg to acknowledge your communication of the 21st and to offer my best thanks to all my well wishers for their kind congratulations upon the birth of my second son. (fn. 4) I am happy to be able to say that both my wife and child are very well. I am, Sir, your very obedient servant.
University College Committee recommend the Council to acquire the old Infirmary for the College premises; but the Council resolve to enquire as to the possibility of accommodating the students in the Free Library buildings.
Replying to a deputation of the Council, Lord Bute stated that he was not disposed to give the Cardiff Arms Park as a site for the new University College, as he desired to reserve it as an open space for recreation purposes; but that he would be prepared to dispose of a site in the Cathedral Road, or a part of the Ten Acre Field facing Moira Terrace, Roath.
Notwithstanding the desire of the College Council to temporarily locate the students' classrooms at the old Infirmary, the University College Committee advise the Town Council to acquire Queen's Chambers for that purpose. (A contrary amendment was lost. At the next meeting the College Council gained their point.)
Resolved on the motion of Councillor Trounce, seconded by Councillor Beavan, That the Town Clerk write to the Manager of the Cardiff Tramway Co., calling his attention to the desirability of discontinuing work on the tramway lines on the Lord's Day, and suggesting that repairs &c. should be done by night.
Resolved That the question of supplying the Free Library Reading Room with secular papers printed in the Welsh language be referred to the Library Sub-Committee, to consider and report thereon; and that Councillor H. Jones be added to the SubCommittee in the consideration of that matter.
The following were elected to act on the Court of Governors of the College, as representatives of the Corporation:—James Hurman, Dr. Andrew Davies, Dr. Thomas Wallace, F. B. de M. Gibbon, George Griffiths, William Adams, T. Foster Brown, J. A. Le Boulanger, Dr. J. J. Buist.
Mr. Cook, the Sexton of St. Johns, waited upon the Committee of the Burial Board respecting a complaint made by the Rev. Alexander Roger (fn. 5) at the previous meeting; but Mr. Roger did not appear to support his complaint, and, after waiting twenty minutes, the matter was dismissed.
Borough Engineer reports as to the recent inundation of Grangetown. On October 17th he found the water standing to the level of the tramway along Clive Street, streets and houses below that level being under water. In their anxiety to let out the water, some of the inhabitants cut through the embankment, thereby exposing the town to an influx at the next high tide. The Engineer had the Sea Bank at once restored, and in 22 hours the water subsided through the drains.
Deputation presented to the Council a memorial in favour of the formation of a direct thoroughfare between Crockherbtown and Bute Terrace, by the demolition of two houses and a few sheds which intervene between Charles Street and David Street. "The proposed improvement would open out the shortest and best route from Roath and Crockherbtown to the Docks and Penarth Road, via Bute Terrace, and could not fail to relieve the heavy traffic of Duke Street, Working Street and the Hayes." (fn. 6)