Cardiff Council Minutes, 1883–1884.
1883 November 9 Friday. Present:—
The Mayor (Councillor G. A. Stone), Chairman.
D. E. Jones,
R. E. Jones,
Councillor Robert Bird elected Mayor; salary £300.
Councillor G. A. Stone appointed Deputy Mayor.
Councillor G. A. Stone elected Alderman.
Thomas Davies and Joseph Monk, Serjeants-at-Mace; salary
£10 each and a suit of clothes.
Joseph Mountstephen, Town Crier; salary £5.
Memorial from the inhabitants of Castle Road prays for an
improvement to the narrow and dangerous entrance from Castle Road
into Newport Road, and for the removal of Hemmingway's house on
the west side of Castle Road, as "an eyesore and a reproach to all
living in Castle Road and others passing through it."
Great Western Railway Co. are to be again urged to provide a
separate entrance to their down platform at Cardiff Station.
Museum Curator's salary increased to £150.
1883 December 10.
Petition of the inhabitants against the proposed new tramway
along St. Andrew's Crescent, Salisbury Road and Woodville Road.
1884 January 14.
Vote of sympathy with the relatives of Mr. John Winstone,
lately deceased, who was formerly an Alderman of the Borough.
Alderman Elliott calls the attention of the Free Library Committee to the supposed existence at St. John's Church of an old map
of Cardiff, which if found would, it is believed, be placed at the
disposal of the Corporation.
Town Clerk is authorised to affix the Common Seal to an agreement with Penry Williams, esq., for the sale and purchase of farms
at Crewe in the parish of Cantref, and in the parish of Penderyn, in
the county of Brecon.
At the request of Mr. John Stuart Corbett, the name of Angel
Street is to be altered to Castle Street; but his desire to plant rows
of lime trees on both sides of the street is not acceded to except as
to the north side, by the Castle boundary.
Health Committee call the serious attention of the Public Works
Committee to the deplorable condition of the roads.
Colonel Barnes, commanding the 41st Regiment, has written the
Head Constable asking that the Police may be utilised for obtaining
recruits, and stating that the constables would receive 5s. for each
recruit to the army, and 2s. 6d. for the militia. The Watch Committee declined to sanction the proposal.
1884 February 11.
Cardiff will co-operate with Swansea in endeavouring to obtain
an improved service of trains on the Great Western Railway between
Paddington and South Wales.
Letter from Lord Tredegar's solicitors, that his Lordship would
wish to reserve the sporting rights on the reservoirs to be constructed
in the Taff Vawr Valley, and to have power to put a boat thereon.
Resolved that his wishes be acceded to.
Minnit's Field bridge, on the Taff Vale Railway, is to be rebuilt.
The supposed map of Cardiff, at St. John's Church, proves to be
a view of the town in 1748.
1884 March 10.
£400 added to the Mayor's salary.
1884. April 7.
Address of condolence to Her Majesty the Queen, on the death
of His Royal Highness the Duke of Albany.
The like to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Albany.
£6,500 to the School Board.
Council petition Parliament for the total suppression of the sale
of intoxicating liquor on Sundays.
Daniel Jones appointed Water Bailiff, in the place of the late
Thomas Thomas deceased. Salary £30.
William Read appointed Serjeant-at-Mace, in the place of
Thomas Davies deceased.
Resolved That the triangular piece of land in the Hayes be
enclosed and planted as an ornamental garden for the use and recreation of the public.
Resolved That the road leading from Roath Court to the north
end of Castle Road, which has hitherto been known as the Merthyr
Road, be in future called Albany Road.
1884 May 12.
Council petition Parliament to legalize marriage with a deceased
The members for the Roath Ward are to ascertain whether land
can be obtained in that district suitable for a public recreation
In consequence of the death by drowning which occurred at the
Corporation Swimming Baths on 10 May 1884, a skilful swimmer
and diver is appointed to take charge of the Swimming Baths during
the summer months, and to teach swimming at a fixed rate of fees to
be paid to the Baths account. Life-buoys are to be provided. The
question of closing the Baths on Sundays is referred to the Council
A new flag is purchased for the Town Hall, at a cost of four
1884 June 9.
Borough Engineer submitted plans for a belfry and bell to the
Catholic chapel at the Cemetery.
The attention of the Head Constable is called by the Watch
Committee to the great and increasing prevalence of gambling and
general lawlessness in various parts of the town, especially on the
Mr. John Ballinger, late Librarian of Doncaster, is appointed
Chief Librarian of Cardiff, in the place of Mr. Henry Allpass, who
has accepted the Chief Librarianship of Derby; salary £120.
Borough Engineer is instructed to prepare plans showing the
manner in which it is proposed to form a public park near Roath
1884 July 14.
The Vicar of St. John's has issued a writ against the Corporation
for recovery of possession of the old Vicarage Garden in Working
Street, late glebe land, alleged to have been conveyed to them in
error by the Marquis of Bute.
A cholera hospital to be opened on the Flat Holm; the tenant
of the farm there to be compensated for loss.
1884 August 11.
Burgesses borrowing books from the Free Library shall be
required to sign a guarantee form and to obtain the additional signature of another Burgess as a guarantor. Non-burgesses shall obtain
the signatures of two Burgesses as guarantors.
1884 September 8.
A tender is selected, by the Property and Markets Committee,
for the removal of the wreck of the schooner "Tredegar," which came
into collision and sank in the fairway of the channel, a little to the
westward of the Cefn-y-wrach shoal.
A letter from Mr. L. V. Shirley, on behalf of the Marquess of
Bute, informs the Town Clerk that he had instructed Mr. McConnochie
to remove the wreck. The Corporation are at liberty to remove it
provided they do so promptly; but he cannot admit the Corporation
have any rights in the matter.
The Town Clerk replied that "the Corporation, who have
always undertaken the removal of obstructions in the entrance of
the Cardiff Docks," are removing the wreck with all proper
Three cholera patients were taken to the Flat Holm, one of
whom died there. They were sailors from Marseilles.
1884 October 13.
Members of Council.
Councillor Robert Bird, Mayor.
William Bradley Watkins,
Gaius Augustine Stone.
Thomas Vaughan Yorath,
David Edgar Jones,
Thomas Windsor Jacobs,
Charles James Jackson,
Richard Edwin Jones,
Joseph Reynaly James,
Daniel Lloyd Lougher,
John Guy Proger,
William Edmund Vaughan,
William John Trounce,
Patrick William Carey,
Dominick McGettrick Watson,
John Amice Le Boulanger,
William Callow Hurley.
Joseph Larke Wheatley, Town Clerk.
1884 November 3.
Mr. W. E. Williams, Assistant Librarian of Cardiff, has been
chosen to succeed Mr. Ballinger at Doncaster.
Colonel Page has presented to the Free Library a complete set,
86 volumes, of the "Illustrated London News."
Cardiff Council Minutes, 1884–1885.
1884 November 10 Monday.
Councillor Andrew Fulton elected Mayor; salary £300.
Alderman Daniel Lewis appointed Deputy Mayor.
Joseph Monk and William Read, Serjeants-at-Mace.
Joseph Mountstephen, Town Crier.
Council accept with thanks the offer from Mr. B. S. Marks of
his portrait of the late Daniel Thomas, (fn. 1) "whose early death in an
attempt to save the lives of men in extreme peril closed a career
which had been adorned by many similar heroic efforts."
The Mayor read a letter from the Town Clerk suggesting that
the Corporation should take over the staff in his Department.
Resolved That the officials in the Town Clerk's Department
be engaged and paid by the Corporation instead of by the Town
Clerk, and that the said officials be under the control of the
Resolved That the salary of the Town Clerk be £800; he to
devote all his time to the duties of his office, with the option of
acting as Clerk to the Governors of Wells' Charity.
Vote of condolence forwarded to the family of the late Rt. Hon.
Henry Fawcett, M.P., Postmaster General.
1884 December 8.
General District Rate 1s. in the £.
W. J. Newbery appointed Committee and Managing Clerk of
his department, at a salary of £200, and to be directly responsible to
the Town Clerk.
A Shorthand and General Clerk is to be appointed in place of
J. T. S. Eaton.
T. H. Middleton is appointed Shorthand and General Clerk.
William J. Board is appointed Junior Clerk; salary £15. 10s.
Resolved That the whole of the clerks be placed under the direct
control and authority of the Town Clerk; and that he have power to
suspend any clerk for misconduct or neglect of duty, reporting any
such case to the next meeting of the Special Finance Committee.
Resolved That the office-hours of the clerks in the Town
Clerk's Department be from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., allowing one hour
for dinner, except on Saturdays, when the office shall be closed at
The Town Clerk read the following resolution, passed at a
meeting of the Roath Ratepayers' Protection Association:—
"Resolved That the attention of the Corporation be called to
the large increase of the Town Clerk's salary; and that
the Corporation be requested, in view of the great
depression of trade in the Town, to take every care
not to increase the present expenditure."
Resolved That the clerks appointed by the Corporation shall not
be allowed to do any work for gain, other than Corporation work.
A. H. Collingwood appointed Chief Clerk in the Legal Department; salary, £200.
F. C. Lloyd appointed Shorthand and Engrossing Clerk; salary,
D. D. Davies appointed Assistant Conveyancing and General
Clerk; salary, £85.
The tender of Mr. S. Treseder for planting trees in Richmond
Road is accepted.
Resolved That in future the Minnitsfield bridge be called St.
Thomas Hughes appointed Borough Analyst, under the Foods
and Drugs Act.
Memorial from the Council, addressed to the Rt. Hon. W. E.
Gladstone, M.P., praying that the Borough of Cardiff be represented
by two Members in the House of Commons, under the new
Redistribution of Seats Bill.
1885 January 12.
The following letter was read to the Council:—
"Horse Guards, Whitehall.
Sir,—I beg to inform you that the two groups of sculpture (fn. 2) in the
Town Hall at Cardiff belong to me as the heir and executor of my
late brother. They are original works of great merit, by the late
J. Evan Thomas, F.S.A., J.P. and D.L. of the County of Brecon.
They were deposited by him, with permission, in their present
position after the Exhibition at Cardiff in 1871. He died in 1873.
They are no doubt a great ornament to the Hall, and a great attraction to visitors, especially strangers. The group of Science is the
original model, and is peculiarly appropriate to such a progressive
town as Cardiff. The Distressed Mother is also an original model,
and has been executed in marble. I am willing to dispose of them to
the Town, for the sum of 100 guineas. I need not say that this is far
below the value of original works of such magnitude, by such a
distinguished native sculptor, who is well known in Cardiff by his
statues of the late Marquis of Bute and the late Mr. H. Vivian. I
request that you will lay this letter before the Corporation, who will,
I trust, become possessors for the Town of the noble works in
question, and thus prevent their removal from the place they have so
long adorned.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
J. Lewis Thomas, F.S.A.,
Chief Surveyor, War Department.
To His Worship the Mayor of Cardiff."
Resolved That the letter be allowed to lie on the table.
Address of congratulation to His Royal Highness the Prince
of Wales, K. G., on the attainment of the majority of his eldest son,
H.R.H. Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, K.G.
1885 February 9 Monday.
Letter from Mr. D. Tudor Evans, Secretary of the Cambrian
Society of South Wales and Monmouthshire, asking permission to
use the Assembly Room on March 2nd next for a banquet in celebration of the anniversary of Saint David, the patron saint of
Resolved That the same be granted.
1885 March 9.
In accordance with a letter from the Lord Mayor of London,
the Mayor of Cardiff is requested by this Council to open a
subscription-list towards a national memorial to the late General
Council petition in favour of the Cardiff and Monmouthshire
Valleys Railway Bill.
1885 April 13.
£7,500 to the School Board.
The Medical Officer found a whole family down with typhus
fever in a house in Carpenters' Arms Court, the Hayes.
Mr. S. J. Thorp having accepted the Town Clerkship of Bury,
Lancashire, Mr. John Ballinger, the Chief Liberarian, is appointed
Secretary to the Free Library Committee.
Letter from Colonel Hill, C.B.:—
April 25th, 1885.
Dear Dr. Taylor,—A friend of mine, whose name I am at
present not at liberty to disclose, is possessed of a valuable collection
of works of art, the result of many years' labour and research, worth
more than £1,000. He is prepared to hand over this collection to a
Committee of a Museum or Art Gallery, upon the condition that it, as
well as the other works of art and objects of interest in such Museum,
be open gratis to the public upon every Sunday in the year, during
three hours of daylight. I have pleasure in informing you that I am
authorised to make the first offer to the Committee of the Cardiff Free
Library and Museum. I am also authorised to state that, in the
event of its acceptance, a relative of my friend is prepared to secure
to the Committee a sum of £20 a year for a period of seven years,
wherewith to provide the needful attendance during the three hours of
Sunday. I therefore address this letter to you, as Chairman of the
Committee, and ask you to be good enough to lay it before them. I
venture to express a personal hope that this munificent offer may
commend itself to the minds of the Committee as worthy of
acceptance. To give that large portion of the public whose occupations are of such a character as practically to preclude them from
visiting Museums upon weekdays an opportunity of seeing the
treasures of art at their leisure on Sundays would, in my opinion,
tend to induce others to follow the example of the late Mr. Menelaus
and that of my friend, and to place within the reach of the working
classes, their wives and families, works of art the contemplation and
study of which, I strongly urge, is of an elevating, improving and
ennobling character.—I am, dear Dr. Taylor, yours very truly.
Edward S. Hill.
To W. Taylor, Esq., Chairman,
Cardiff Free Library Committee."
It was proposed and seconded that the thanks of the Committee
be conveyed to Col. Hill for his offer, but that it respectfully declines
to accept the munificent gift on the conditions named.
An amendment to defer the question of acceptance was lost by
The resolution was then put, and carried by 7 votes to 6.
The original motion was then declared to be carried.
1885 May 11.
Petition presented by Councillor Carey:—
"We view with deep concern the late decision of the Free Library
and Museum Committee as to the opening of the above institution on
Sundays, and hope you will take into your favourable consideration
the question of opening the same on the whole or a reasonable part of
Sunday, Christmas Day and Good Friday." (1,191 signatures.)
Proposed by way of amendment by Councillor Carey, seconded
by Councillor Morgan: That the clause of the proceedings in question
be eliminated, and that Colonel Hill's letter be referred back to the
Committee for further consideration.
The amendment was carried, 15 voting in favour of, and 7 against
the same. For: Aldermen Taylor and Duncan, Councillors D. E.
Jones, Jacobs, Sandors, Lougher, Vaughan, Carey, E. Jones, Morgan,
Jackson, R. E. Jones, Watson, Ramsdale and Hurley—15. Against:
Alderman Cory, Councillors Thomas, D. Jones, Rees, Proger, Trounce
and Beavan—7. Neutral: Councillor Andrews.
General District Rate 11d. in the £.
Thomas Rees appointed Serjeant-at-Mace, in the place of William
Resolved That the Council cordially approves of the proposal to
weir the river Taff at Cardiff, if on enquiry it is found to be practicable,
and provided no injury be done thereby to property in the neighbourhood.
Committee appointed to confer with the promoters of the above
New bronze bell for the Catholic chapel at the Cemetery, to be
purchased of James Barwell, Birmingham, for £36. 8s. 6d.
The Head Constable's attention is called to the obstruction
caused by street hawking in Trinity Street on Saturdays.
The tenants of the farm on the Flat Holm complain that, since
the Cholera Hospital was established there, they have suffered heavy
pecuniary loss. There has been a great falling off in the moneys
received from visitors to the island, and the complainants have had a
difficulty in selling at Cardiff the vegetables etc. grown on their farm.
8th May, 1885.
Dear Dr. Taylor,—I have communicated the suggestion contained
in your letter to my friend, and he desires me to say that he is not
prepared to waive the condition attached to the proposed gift. The
parting with personal possession of his cherished collection is a
sacrifice only to be contemplated for the advancement of a great
national work, viz., the education and healthy amusement of the
working classes upon Sunday, their one day of leisure. I am, however, pleased to be able to inform you that, in consequence of the
warm manner in which the subject has been taken up by those for
whose benefit the gift was intended, my friend has consented to keep
his offer open for three months, thus giving time for the possible
reconsideration by the Committee of the Cardiff Free Library and
Museum of their decision—after public opinion has had free expression. Very truly yours.
Edward S. Hill."
It was proposed and seconded: That in the opinion of this
Committee, seeing the logical issue of opening Museums on Sunday
must involve an enormous increase in Sunday labour, and so lead to
the virtual enslavement of working men and to the prejudice of
national interests, it is undesirable to accept the offer made through
Colonel Hill on the conditions named, and it therefore respectfully
declines to accept the same.
It was proposed and seconded as an amendment: That the
Corporation be respectfully asked to ascertain the opinion of the
Burgesses of Cardiff in regard to the opening of the Museum on
Sundays, by means of a plebiscite or public town vote.
For the Amendment: Alderman Taylor, Councillors Lougher,
Watson, Hurley, Dr. Vachell, Messrs. Price, Ronnfeldt, Wheatley—
8. Against: The Mayor, Alderman Cory, Councillors Sanders, Rees,
Proger, Trounce, Beavan, Gunn, Dr. Wallace, Rev. W. E. Winks,
Messrs. Davies, Thomas.—12. Neutral: Mr. Heywood.
The Amendment was therefore declared lost.
It was then proposed and seconded as a further amendment:
That the generous offer made through Colonel Hill be accepted.
For the amendment: Alderman Taylor, Councillors Lougher,
Watson, Hurley, Messrs. Heywood, Price, Ronnfeldt, Wheatley—8.
Against: The Mayor, Alderman Cory, Councillors Sanders, Rees,
Proger, Trounce, Beavan, Gunn, Dr. Wallace, Rev. W. E. Winks,
Messrs. Davies, Thomas—12. Neutral: Dr. Vachell.
The original motion was then put and carried.
1885 June 8.
On the adoption of the Minutes of the Free Library and Museum
Committee being moved, it was proposed by way of amendment by
Councillor Jackson, seconded by Councillor Lougher: That in the
opinion of this Council the time has arrived for affording the working
classes of Cardiff and its vicinity the opportunity of inspecting and
studying the pictures, works of art, and other objects of interest in the
Free Library buildings; and that arrangements be made forthwith for
opening the Museum to the public on Sundays between the hours of
3 and 6 p.m., provided funds be forthcoming from voluntary sources.
For the amendment: Alderman Taylor, Councillors Jacobs,
Lougher, Carey, Waring, Morgan, Trayes, Jackson, R. E. Jones,
James, Le Boulanger, Hurley—12. Against: The Mayor, Aldermen
Lewis, Cory, Councillors Thomas, Bird, D. Jones, Sanders, Proger,
Beavan, E. Jones, Andrews, Gunn—12. Neutral: Alderman Jones,
Councillors Vaughan, Evans, Ramsdale.
The Mayor gave his casting vote against the amendment, which
was therefore lost, and it was then
Resolved, That the Minutes of the Free Library and Museum
Committee be deferred for further consideration.
Resolved That the Town Clerk be requested to report to the
next meeting of the Council whether the Corporation have power to
veto the proceedings of the Committee, and, if necessary, to take the
opinion of Counsel thereon.
Borough Engineer is to prepare plans for a new bridge over the
Roath Brook, near Pengam.
The Free Library has received from Her Majesty's Stationery
Office a donation of 236 volumes of Record Publications.
1885 July 13.
Town Clerk reported that the Council had no power to veto or
control the proceedings of the Free Library and Museum Committee.
The attention of the Bute Trustees is to be called to the dredgings
which have been deposited both within and beyond the limits of
deviation of the Bute Docks Act 1882, on the Cardiff Flats, east of the
Borough Engineer reports that the new buildings at the corner
of Church Street and St. John Street have been completed, and the
footpath and carriage-way duly improved there.
Head Constable reported upon the excellent manner in which
the Fire Brigade worked at the extensive fire which took place at the
new Market Buildings in St. Mary Street, on the 28th June.
1885 August 10.
Address of congratulation to be sent to Her Royal Highness
Princess Beatrice, on her marriage with H.R.H. Prince Henry of
1885 September 14.
Mr. John Amice Le Boulanger has been selected by the Lord
Chancellor as a Justice of the Peace for the Borough. The Council
announce their approval of the same.
1885 November 3.
The General Purposes Committee by vote nominated Councillor
D. E. Jones as Mayor for the ensuing year.