Cardiff Council Minutes, 1889–1890.
1889 November 9 Friday.
Councillor William Sanders elected Mayor. Salary £150.
The ex-Mayor, Alderman David Jones, J.P., appointed Deputy
Resolved That the Quarterly Meetings of the Council for the
ensuing year be held at 5 p.m. instead of 11 a.m.
Resolved That the portion of Canton Common recently acquired
by the Corporation, situate north of the Great Western Railway, be
forthwith levelled and made suitable for recreative purposes.
Deputation from the Corporation of Worcester attended the
General Purposes Committee to ask for support to the Bill for the
Improvement of the Severn Waterway. (Consideration adjourned.)
Frank Julius Schroeter appointed junior clerk in the Town
Town Clerk reported that he had received notice of the intention
of Dr. Taylor to test the validity of the recent election of Aldermen.
He is to take all necessary steps to defend the action of the
Deputation from the Chamber of Commerce and the merchants
of Cardiff attends a subsequent meeting of the General Purposes
Committee, to support the project of the Severn Commissioners.
They are of opinion that the projected improvements in the river
Severn are calculated to be of immense advantage to Cardiff in
bringing the manufactures of the Midlands to this port for export,
and in facilitating the distribution through that district of the
products imported here.
Resolved That the sum of £500 be voted for assisting the Bill in
Resolved That this Committee recommend the Council to invest
£5,000 in the proposed scheme, subject to terms to be arranged for
the protection of the interests of Cardiff.
Stacey Road &c. to be planted with trees.
Newport Road to be widened opposite Rosemount.
Mr. Miles Aspinall is permitted to give his services gratuitously
in the Borough Engineer's Office.
Borough Engineer submitted certain correspondence he had had
with the Board of Trade in reference to the rights of the Crown in
the foreshore recently reclaimed at Grangetown, from which it
appeared that the land had been acquired by the Marquis of Bute.
Resolved That the Mayor and Town Clerk be desired to confer
with the Board of Trade on the subject when next in London.
Sub-Committee re Allotments. Resolved That the maximum
quantity of land let as allotments shall be 20 perches to each
individual, who must be a Burgess of the County Borough of
1889 December 9.
Council thanks Lord Bute for his gift of land in Cathays Terrace,
between Woodville Road and Minister Street.
General District Rate 1s. in the £.
Town Clerk reported that Mr. G. T. Clark of Tal-y-garn had
presented to the Corporation Vol. I. of his new work on the Charters
Common Seal affixed to an Agreement with The Mackintosh and
Mrs. Mackintosh for the sale of land at Plas-newydd, for the purpose
of Albany Road improvements.
Borough Engineer is to carry out the approved plans for the
widening of Pen-y-lan Road and the construction of a new bridge over
the Roath Brook adjoining Roath Park.
Resolved That the Town Clerk make further enquiries and refer
to certain old reports upon the subject of the foreshore of the river
Taff near Penarth Road and opposite to the "Havannah" ship, upon
which Lord Bute desired the Corporation to tip refuse.
Letter from the Allotments and Small Holdings Association,
calling attention to the desirability of preserving charitable donations
to the poor from being lost, and asking that a list thereof should be
recorded by the Corporation.
Resolved That the Town Clerk be desired to ask the Vicars of
the various parishes in Cardiff whether there are any such charitable
donations in their respective parishes, and, if so, to give particulars.
At a subsequent meeting of the Parliamentary Committee the
Town Clerk read letters from the Vicar of Roath and other local
clergymen, stating that there were no charitable gifts in connection
with their parochial districts; also a letter from the Rev. C. J.
Thompson, Vicar of Saint John's, as follows:—"The only charity I
can give you information about is one called Maddocks' Charity,
which I formerly received, but payment of which was stopped by
Sir Arthur Mackworth some eight or ten years ago. The amount
annually paid was, I think, only about £4 per annum. It was for the
relief of the poor. Sir Arthur Mackworth's agent simply refused
payment, and I did not take steps to compel it."
1890 January 13.
Council thanks Mr. James Howell for his gift of a prize bullock
to the poor of Cardiff.
Letter from G. T. Clark, esq., of Tal-y-garn, calling attention to
the condition of the original Charters of Cardiff, and making suggestions for their renovation, the expense whereof he was prepared to
Resolved That the Charters be entrusted to Mr. Clark for that
purpose, and that the best thanks of this Council be given to him for
Vicar Thompson calls the Parliamentary Committee's attention to
the list of Benefactions hung up in Saint John's Church.
Resolved That inquiries should be made, with a view of obtaining
further information hereon.
Town Clerk wrote to the Charity Commissioners for an official
list of the Charities of Glamorganshire.
1890 February 10.
Medical Officer reports on the epidemic of influenza, which has
been of world-wide diffusion. It broke out in Russia in 1889, and
reached England in December. In January it prevailed all over
Cardiff, where it attacked 5 per cent. of the population. The
symptoms were fever, followed by profuse perspiration, pains in the
head and limbs, extreme prostration, catarrh and (in neglected cases)
bronchitis and pneumonia.
1890 March 5.
Town Clerk reported that he had received from the Home
Secretary Letters Patent under the Great Seal, dated 25 February
1890, conferring upon the Borough of Cardiff the grant of a separate
Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace.
Mr. Joseph Larke Wheatley, Town Clerk of Cardiff, is appointed
Clerk of the Peace for the Borough, at a salary of £150; the office
to be held only during his tenure of the post of Town Clerk.
Mr. Edmund Bernard Reece, Solicitor, is appointed Coroner of
the Borough of Cardiff.
Subscription list to be opened on behalf of the widow of
J. Barnett, a sewerman, who lost his life in the service of the
Town Clerk submitted to the Watch Committee certain correspondence between the Vicar of Saint John's and himself with reference
to an account of 15s. 4½d. for damage done to the windows of
Saint John's Schools, in October last, by the boys of Crwys Road
Board School when out on strike.
Resolved That the amount be paid.
Head Constable reported with reference to the strike by the
tramway employes, which commenced on the 15th February and
lasted until the 20th, that inasmuch as the Company decided to run
cars on the 19th ultimo by men imported from other parts of the
country, for the purpose of ensuring the preservation of the peace
he applied to the Mayor and members of this Committee for extra
police assistance, which was readily granted. He obtained 16 men
and 1 inspector from Newport, and 10 horses from the Tramway Co.
for the use of the police, free of cost. Two constables in uniform
were placed on each car, the remainder of the force were distributed
along the line of route, every officer and man being on duty. Extra
constables were also employed in plain clothes, and the strike passed
off without any serious conflict.
1890 April 14.
£10,650 paid to the School Board.
"Whitehall. 21st March 1890.
Sir,—I am directed by Mr. Secretary Matthews to inform you
that the Queen has been pleased, by warrant under Her Majesty's
Royal Sign Manual dated the 15th inst., to appoint Benjamin Francis
Williams, Esq., Q.C., to be the first Recorder of the Borough of
Cardiff. I am, Sir, Your obedient servant.
E. Leigh Pemberton.
The Mayor of the Borough of Cardiff."
(Temporary wooden market erected in the Hayes, during the
rebuilding of the Cardiff Market).
1890 May 12.
Resolved That the attention of the Most Honourable the Marquis
of Bute, as the principal shareholder in the Glamorganshire Canal, be
respectfully called to the hoarding erected on the canal bank in New
Street by the Cardiff Billposting Company, and that he be earnestly
requested to cause measures to be taken for the removal thereof; as
the same is a serious disfigurement and a great public annoyance, as
well as an injury to property in the neighbourhood. (fn. 1)
Cornelius Driscoll, of Mary Ann Street, accused a police
constable of breaking open his door without a warrant. Mr.
Cunningham Graham, M.P., put a question to the Home Secretary
in the House of Commons, on this matter, and the reports of the
Town Clerk and Head Constable of Cardiff were read to the House.
Driscoll charged Police Constable Crook with the offence in the
Cardiff Police Court, and the Defendant was fined £5 and costs.
The Watch Committee recommend the Council to pay this.
Letter from the Coroner stating that on the 27th of May a child
aged three years was drowned in the fountain in Loudon Square, and
that his Jury recommend the fountain should be properly railed in.
1890 June 9.
General District 1s. in the £.
Mr. J. Lyster, Clerk to the Recorder of Cardiff, is appointed
Crier of the Cardiff Court of Quarter Sessions, at a salary of £15 per
Letter from Mr. Francis Anderson, Lord Bute's Secretary,
acknowledging the Resolution respecting the New Street hoarding.
Letter from Mr. Clark of Tal-y-garn:—
"44, Berkeley Square, London.
26th May 1890.
Dear Sir,—I have just received from the expert I called in at the
British Museum the Corporation Charters, which I send to your
address this day by rail. I have to thank the Corporation and
yourself for the use of them. I shall print them in the course of
1891. Very truly yours.
Resolved unanimously That the cordial thanks of this Council be
given to G. T. Clark, esq., of Tal-y-garn, for generously restoring the
original Charters of the Borough of Cardiff at his own expense; and
the Council hereby record the pleasure with which they receive the
The Town Clerk read letters from Mr. J. A. Corbett enclosing,
on behalf of Lord Bute, four ancient Charters relating to Cardiff,
granted by Kings Edward III., Henry IV., Henry VI. and Edward IV.
Resolved unanimously That the best thanks of this Council be
conveyed to Mr. J. A. Corbett for his interesting and valuable
description and translation of the four original Charters presented
to the Borough of Cardiff by the Most Hon. the Marquess of Bute.
The Norwegian barque "Aalesund" has been wrecked in the
Raine Pool within the Port of Cardiff, but the Water Bailiff does not
think it necessary to light the wreck. Tenders are to be advertised
for, to remove the vessel, the owners having abandoned her.
Professor F. E. Beckwith, of the Royal Aquarium, receives
permission to give an exhibition of swimming at the Cardiff Baths.
1890 June 18.
Resolved That, in recognition of the great services rendered to
civilization by the illustrious traveller, Mr. Henry M. Stanley, in his
explorations and travels, resulting in opening up the resources of
Africa, this Council desires to heartily welcome his return home, and
to offer the Honorary Freedom of the Borough to him.
Mr. David E. Davies is appointed Prosecuting Solicitor to the
Corporation, for the ensuing year; salary £50.
Sub-Committee recommend the Council to purchase the Cardiff
Gas Works, and to obtain the monopoly for the supply of electric
lighting within the Borough. This recommendation, however, was
rejected by a large majority of the Council.
"34 De Vere Gardens, W.
24th June 1890.
Dear Sir,—I have to thank you for your various communications,
especially the one of the 17th inst., informing me that the Corporation
of Cardiff have been pleased to offer me the Honorary Freedom of
their city. It is quite unnecessary for me, I am sure, to state how
I shall value such an honour at their hands, and how pleased I shall
be to accept it, although I cannot yet state a date upon which I
may hope to visit Cardiff, as the multitudinous character of my
engagements absolutely forbids, at present, any augmentation. As
soon as I can possibly decide the date of my visit to Wales, I shall
communicate with you.—Yours very sincerely.
Henry M. Stanley.
The Town Clerk, Cardiff."
1890 July 14.
Common Seal affixed to an Agreement with Mr. James Howell
for the purchase of the house No. 21 The Walk, Cardiff, and for
the provision of Lodgings for Her Majesty's Judges until completion
of the purchase.
Watch Committee resolved that the Borough arms be printed on
the prison van, instead of the letters V.R.
1890 August 11.
One of the small maces is lent to the Corporation of Gloucester,
for exhibition at the annual meeting of the Royal Archæological
Letter from the Coroner, complaining of the dangerous condition
of the Glamorganshire Canal opposite to the Glendower Hotel, there
being no railing or other protection on the bank there. On the 27th
July one Richard Ellesworthy was found drowned at that spot.
Resolved That the Town Clerk reply stating the Corporation
have no control over the towing-path of the Canal where the accident
Sub-Committee arrange the order of the procession, on the
occasion of the opening of the Clarence Bridge by His Royal
Highness the Duke of Clarence and Avondale:—
After the reception at the Great Western Station, the procession
will go to the new bridge by Saint Mary Street, High Street, Castle
Street, Cowbridge Road, Lower Cathedral Road, Clare Street, Clare
Road and Corporation Road.
Glamorgan Artillery Volunteer Band.
Borough Treasurer. Waterworks Engineer.
Medical Officer of Health. Dockmaster.
Postmaster. Governor of Gaol. Clerk to Justices, and
Clerk to Glamorgan County Council.
Members of Council.
Ministers of Religion.
Officer Commanding the 41st Regimental District.
Stipendiary and Magistrates of the County Borough.
President and Members of the Chamber of Commerce.
Members of Parliament.
High Sheriff of Glamorgan.
The Marquess of Bute.
Lord Lieutenant of Glamorgan.
His Worship the Mayor, The Recorder, Deputy Mayor, and
Head Constable, mounted.
H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence and Avondale.
The Royal Suite.
Members of School Board.
Members of Glamorgan County Council.
At the bridge, the Mayor will present the Duke of Clarence with
a key to unlock the turnpike, and His Royal Highness will declare
the bridge and roads open for traffic.
The Engineer of the Works (Mr. William Harpur, M.Inst. C.E.)
will have the honour of being presented to His Royal Highness by
His Worship the Mayor.
His Royal Highness will afterwards be presented with the
Freedom of the County Borough of Cardiff, at the Park Hall. The
Royal party will then leave the Hall and proceed by way of Queen
Street, Duke Street, High Street and Saint Mary Street to the Great
Western Station, for the train timed to leave at 5 p.m.
1890 September 8.
Town Clerk reported that he had completed the purchase of the
Old Vicarage Garden from the Rev. C. J. Thompson and others, as
also of the Saint John's Infant School.
The Head Constable's attention is called to the nuisance created
by boys bathing in the brook at the Roath Park.
Resolved That Monsignor William Williams be invited to the
Clarence Bridge procession and luncheon in the place of Bishop
Hedley, who is unable to attend by reason of a long-standing prior
Resolved unanimously That the Right Honorable the Marquess
of Bute and Earl of Dumfries, K.T., be most cordially and heartily
invited to accept the office of Mayor of the County Borough of Cardiff
for the ensuing municipal year.
Deputation appointed to wait upon Lord Bute and convey to him
the purport of this resolution.
"Hotel Meurice, 228, Rue de Rivoli, Paris.
October 2nd 1890.
To the Mayor of Cardiff.
Dear Sir,—I have been reminded that the Town of Cardiff
expects an answer to an invitation sent me some time ago to receive
from the Corporation the honour they intended to confer upon me;
but on consulting my list of engagements, and regarding the few days
at my disposal, I find that my stay in England will be so short as to
render the visit highly inconvenient. Considering that I shall have
only eleven days at the furthest to prepare for a lengthened journey
in America, and that I have several pressing engagements to fulfil, I
feel I shall be utterly unfit to present myself before the public of such
an important town as Cardiff. I therefore beg you will kindly accept
these my apologies and the reiterated expression of my goodwill, and
believe me Yours very cordially.
Henry M. Stanley."
Resolved That the consideration of the above letter be adjourned.
1890 October 13.
Mayor (Alderman William Sanders).
Patrick William Carey,
Thomas Vaughan Yorath,
Thomas Windsor Jacobs,
David Edgar Jones,
David Jones (ex-Mayor).
John Guy Proger,
William Edmund Vaughan,
William John Trounce,
Sir Morgan Morgan,
Edward William Shackell,
Francis John Beavan,
William Benjamin Gibbs,
Joseph Reynalt James,
Samuel Arthur Brain,
William Callow Hurley,
Tom Hurry Riches,
Frederick Henry Jotham,
Henry Lascelles Carr,
Edward James Smith,
Joseph Larke Wheatley, Town Clerk.
£10, 250 to the School Board.
1890 October 27.
"House of Falkland,
Oct. 17th 1890.
Sir,—Your kind letter of the 14th enclosing the Opinion of Mr.
Henn Collins, Q.C., has been forwarded to me here from Dumfries
House. I may also mention that I received at the same time a letter
from Mr. Corbett enclosing another Opinion, by Mr. R. S. Wright,
Junior Counsel to the Treasury, which he had thought it advisable
to take and which agrees with that of Mr. Henn Collins. Under the
circumstances, I hope I may now safely accept the proffered honour,
and it gives me very great pleasure hereby to do so. Pray be good
enough to convey this my reply to the Corporation; and in so doing,
pray be good enough to assure them upon my behalf of my very
high sense of the compliment which they have paid me, and of my
very warm thanks for it. I hope to be at Cardiff in the week
beginning Nov. 2nd, in order to be at their service—Believe me,
Sir, Your very obedient Servant.
Resolved unanimously That this Council desires to record the
great gratification and pleasure with which they have received the
above letter from the Most Honorable the Marquess of Bute, stating
that his Lordship was prepared to accept the Mayoralty of the
County Borough of Cardiff for the ensuing year, and that the same
be recorded on the Minutes.
Resolved That the Town Clerk write Mr. Henry M. Stanley
stating that the Council will be very pleased to invite him to Cardiff
to receive the Honorary Freedom of the Borough on his visit to Wales
after his return from America.
Letter from the Secretary of the Great Western Railway Co.,
stating that no order had yet been given for the erection of a station
at Roath, but that preparations were being made for the construction
of two additional lines through Cardiff Station.
Resolved That the Town Clerk inform the Manager of the
Company that his letter is very unsatisfactory to the inhabitants of
Roath, and urge that the station be erected without further delay.
The Council will apply for Parliamentary powers to supply
electric lighting within the Borough.
Cardiff Council Minutes, 1890–1891.
1890 November 10 Monday.
Resolved unanimously That the Most Honourable John Patrick
Crichton Stuart, Marquess of Bute and Earl of Dumfries, Knight of
the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, be and he
is hereby elected Mayor of the County Borough of Cardiff for the
ensuing municipal year.
His Lordship having accepted the appointment, and subscribed
and made the declaration required by the Municipal Corporations
Act, and duly taken the customary oaths as Chief Magistrate of the
County Borough of Cardiff, the chair was vacated by the ex-Mayor
(Alderman Sanders, J.P.), and the Mayor was installed therein.
(Customary vote of thanks to the ex-Mayor, to be engrossed on
vellum, signed by the Mayor and Town Clerk, and presented to
"I John Patrick Crichton Stuart, Marquess of Bute and Earl
of Dumfries, K.T., Mayor of the County Borough of Cardiff, in
pursuance of the power vested in me by section 16 of the Municipal
Corporations Act 1882, do hereby appoint Daniel Lewis, esquire,
one of the Aldermen and a Justice of the Peace for the said County
Borough, to act as Deputy-Mayor of the Borough during my illness
or absence; and I do hereby signify such appointment to the Council.
Bute And Dumfries,
Dated this 10th day of November 1890."
Resolved That the salary of the Mayor for the ensuing municipal
year be £750.
Town Clerk reported That G. T. Clark, esq., of Tal-y-garn, had
presented to the Corporation a copy of Vol. II. of his "Charlæ et
alia Munimenta de Glamorgan."
Vote of thanks for the gift.
Committee appointed to consider and report upon the question
of a new Town Hall.
"Everett House, Union Square,
New York. Nov. 11th 1890.
Dear Sir,—It will be impossible to say on what date I can
appear at Cardiff; as yet I do not even know when I can leave
this country, certainly not before April. If you will kindly wait
until my return to England, I shall then begin to see a possible
date after consulting my agent.—Yours faithfully.
Henry M. Stanley.
J. L. Wheatley, Esq."
1890 December 22.
Corporation approve of the Council of the University College
purchasing the old Infirmary, for the purposes of a College.
Mace-bearers Charles Pearce and James Locke are to have their
salaries raised to £30 a year each.
1891 January 12.
Council petition that appeals against Income Tax Assessments
may be heard at Cardiff.
Council petition for Cardiff to be made a wine-testing Port, and
for the Custom House to be removed to the Docks.
Council adopt new and stringent Bye-laws with regard to
Common Lodging Houses.
Tender accepted for forming and ballasting Wellfield Road,
1891 February 9 Thursday. (Special).
Resolved unanimously That this Council, while heartily appreciating the hospitable and magnificent celebration by His Worship the
Mayor (the Most Honourable the Marquess of Bute, K.T.), of the
unparalleled commercial growth and prosperity of the Town and Port
of Cardiff, desire to express their sincere and heartfelt sympathy with
His Worship upon the unfortunate termination, by an outbreak of fire
at the Drill Hall, of the banquet given by him on the 14th inst.
in commemoration of the opening of the Dowlais Iron and Steel
Company's new works.
Resolved That the prompt action of the Head Constable and
Fire Brigade, and also of the Borough Engineer, in extinguishing the
fire be heartily approved of.
"February 6th, 1891.
Dear Mr. Town Clerk,
I beg that you will be so good as to convey to the Council
my warm thanks for the very kind Resolution of which by their
direction you have sent me a copy. Provoking as the accident was,
I cannot but feel very thankful to Providence that the consequences
were no more serious than they were; and I am very conscious that
this was largely owing, humanly speaking, to the great coolness
displayed by everyone who was present. I have at any rate the
satisfaction of having offered the usual official hospitality to the
Members of the Council and others, and of having received the
honour of their presence in response to my invitation. Had I had an
opportunity of speaking at the dinner, it was my intention to have
specially thanked the Members of the Council for the honour of their
presence, and assured them of the great pleasure it afforded me. I
intended to have thanked them particularly for taking part with me in
presiding, by sharing the different tables. I wished to have said that
I could picture no relations more friendly than those which, owing to
their courtesy and consideration, have subsisted between us for the
three months of my mayoralty already passed; that I trust most
warmly that these relations may continue, and that, while I feel sure
there will be nothing on their part to interrupt them, so I hope that
there will be none on my own. As I had not the opportunity of
saying this then, I hope they will allow me to say it now. Pray
accept my thanks for your own kind expressions, and believe me,
Dear Mr. Town Clerk, sincerely yours.
Head Constable reported that he had been served with notice
of action at the suit of Mr. Patrick O'Brien, M. P., for false imprisonment.
Resolved That the Town Clerk be instructed to take all
necessary steps to defend the Head Constable in any such action.
Deputation from the local Committee of the Seamen's and
Firemen's Union attended a Special Watch Committee and preferred
a complaint against Superintendent Tamblyn of using language
calculated to cause a breach of the peace at the Shipping Offices.
Mr. Tamblyn denied the charge and called witnesses, and ultimately
the Committee dismissed the case as unproven.
Head Constable reported that on the 6th inst. the coal-tippers
employed at the Bute Docks came out on strike. Fearing disturbances in consequence of tips being worked by new men, the Bute
Docks Co. had applied for and received police protection. The
Borough Force was temporarily augmented by 2 inspectors and
38 constables from the Glamorgan Constabulary.
Resolved That His Worship the Mayor be respectfully desired
to communicate with the Secretary of the General Post Office, calling
his attention to the urgent need of improving the mail-service
between Cardiff and London; and to the desirability of forwarding
the West of England mails via the Severn Tunnel, instead of the
present "circumlocutary route" via Gloucester.
General Manager of the G. W. R. writes that he is unable at
present to give the proposed station to Roath.
1891 March 9.
Correspondence between the Town Clerk and the High Sheriff,
Frederick L. Davis, esq., with reference to the accommodation of the
Judges at the Town Hall. "Mr. Justice Vaughan Williams will make
public reference to the insufficiency of the accommodation provided
by the Corporation for Her Majesty's Judges of Assize. They will
endeavour to get all the work done at Swansea, and that would be a
great snub for Cardiff. A place of the size and importance of Cardiff
ought to be able to afford better Courts."
Deputy Town Clerk (Mr. Davies) resigns, having received the
appointment of Town Clerk of Southport.
Salary of Mr. Daniel Jones, the Water Bailiff, is increased to
1891 April 13.
"San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
en route, March 27th 1891.
Dear Sir,—I have this day received your letter dated the 25th
February, wherein you state that the Council of the Cardiff Corporation, in view of the difficulties and uncertainties attending a visit to
your town, had decided to forward me the scrip of my admission as
an Honorary Freeman of the County Borough, within a silver casket,
and wherein you ask my acceptance of the same. I have to express
my great regret that I have been unable to visit Cardiff to receive
in person this high and coveted honour awarded me, and also to
express my sincere appreciation of the considerate manner you have
adopted to relieve me from the great inconvenience which a visit to
Cardiff would entail on me. Will you kindly convey to the Council
of the Corporation my deepest gratitude for the Honorary Freemanship, and for the genuine kindness with which they have conferred
it.—I am, Dear Sir,
Yours most obediently.
Henry M. Stanley.
J. L. Wheatley, Esq.,
Town Clerk, Cardiff."
£12,100 to the School Board.
Frederick Charles Lloyd appointed Deputy Town Clerk.
S. J. Harpur appointed Junior Assistant in the Borough
Mr. Robert Forrest, of St. Fagan's, is appointed to act as
Arbitrator on behalf of the Corporation, in all cases where the
Corporation are desired to appoint an arbitrator.
Resolution of regret and condolence on the death of Alderman
Borough Engineer submitted plans and estimate for the Cardiff
Sanatorium, which were approved and adopted.
Extensive improvements are to be made in the rooms at the back
of the Crown Court and Nisi Prius Court, in the Town Hall.
Resolved That the Mayoress of Cardiff (the Most Hon. the
Marchioness of Bute) be respectfully and cordially invited to perform
the opening ceremony at the new Saint Mary Street Market, on such
a day as may be convenient to Her Ladyship.
Borough Engineer submitted two designs for a gold key to be
presented to Lady Bute on this occasion; and it was Resolved that
the design showing the ducal [sic] and Borough coats of arms should
be adopted, subject to certain alterations.
1891 May 11.
Council decline to vote a subscription towards the funds of the
Cardiff Horticultural Society.
After reading a letter from the National Vigilance Association,
with reference to certain advertisements recently exhibited in Cardiff
streets, it was Resolved that the attention of the Head Constable be
called to pictorial advertisements of an obscene character, with a view
to their suppression.
Premises in Bute Street purchased for the purposes for a Docks
Resolved That the Town Clerk communicate at once with Her
Majesty's Postmaster General, calling his attention to the urgent and
pressing necessity of providing proper and adequate accommodation
for the public at the Cardiff General Post Office, the unparalleled and
continued development of commercial enterprise and prosperity at
Cardiff, and the vast amount of Post Office business consequent
thereon, having far outgrown the capacity of the present Post
1891 June 8.
Special Property and Markets Committee resolved That after the
13th instant street vendors be not allowed to stand for the sale of
goods in the Hayes.
Mr. James Brown and Mr. Robert Foster (cheapjacks) attended a
subsequent meeting of the above Committee with reference to the
beforementioned resolution, but it was resolved that the Committee's
decision be adhered to.
Resolved That the Town Clerk take such measures as he may
deem advisable with reference to the obstruction created by Messrs.
Cross Bros. in the entrance from Church Street to the Cardiff
The County Court sitting now twice a month at Cardiff, the
authorities are to be asked to increase the allowance to the
Corporation for all services.
At a meeting of the Property and Markets Committee, a letter
was read from Professor Scott (described in the Minutes as an "eye
optician"), applying for a shop in the New Market. Consideration
thereof was adjourned.
1891 July 13.
Special Public Works Committee considered the circumstances
connected with the accidental death by suffocation of the sewermen
A. Sutton and R. Luker on the 18th July 1891, and decided that no
blame attached to anyone for the accident. Gratuities were voted to
the relatives of the deceased.
The old Weigh-bridge Office in Queen Street was leased to
W. Bruce Lovie for 21 years at £26. 10s. per annum.
Borough Engineer was instructed to prepare a design of a turret
for a four-faced clock to be erected over the Manager's Office in
Watch Committee thank Lord Bute for his present of a complete
series of Sir Walter Scott's works to the Police Library.
1891 August 10.
Vote of regret and condolence on the death of Councillor
Memorial from ratepayers complaining of the nuisance caused
by the steam organ, swing-boats &c. on a piece of waste ground on
Penarth Road, near the G.W.R. Station. The matter was left in the
hands of the Town Clerk.
Councillor Peter Price moved to rescind the resolution of
13 December 1886 for changing the name of Crockherbtown to
Queen Street, and proposed that the portion of Queen Street from
the Glamorganshire Canal to the T.V.R. bridge be called Crockherbtown and be renumbered forthwith.
The motion on being put to the meeting was lost, and the names
were taken as follows:—For: The Mayor; Aldermen Yorath, D. E.
Jones, D. Jones and Sanders; Councillors Beavan, T. Morel, Mildon,
Price, Shepherd, Thomas, Noah Rees and Owen—13. Against:
Aldermen Cory, Carey and Fulton; Councillors Trounce, Brain,
Hurley, Shackell, Herne, A. Rees, Jotham, Lewis, Carr, Parker, J.
H. Cory, Jenkins and Andrews—16. Neutral: Alderman D. Lewis,
Councillors Richards, Tucker and P. Morel—4.
1891 September 14.
The Secretary to the British Association communicates to the
Council the thanks of that society for the hospitality shewn to them
by the Corporation on their recent annual Meeting at Cardiff.
Letter from Mr. G. W. Carr stating that he had been appointed
Collector of Customs in the place of Mr. Reynolds, retired.
Resolved That Mr. G. W. Carr, the Collector of Her Majesty's
Customs, be and he is hereby appointed Collector of Harbour Dues
for the Port of Cardiff, at a salary of £100 per annum; the appointment to be determined by one month's notice on either side.
Mr. W. W. Pettigrew entered on his duties as Head Gardener.
1891 October 12.
£13,400 to the School Board.
Mr. George Saunders, clerk to the Recorder of Cardiff, is
appointed Crier of the Cardiff Court of Quarter Sessions, in the place
of J. J. Lyster, resigned.
Judgment has been entered for the defendant, in the action
brought by Mr. Patrick O'Brien, M.P., against Mr. W. Mackenzie, the
Head Constable of Cardiff, for false imprisonment. The case was
tried at the Midsummer Assizes at Swansea.
Mr. Goodyer is requested to instruct tram-inspectors to warn
passengers before passing under the Bute Street bridge.
Resolved That the attention of the Head Constable be called to
the great noise made by persons congregating around cheapjacks and
lecturers in the Hayes, and that he be informed that the only persons
allowed to stand in the Hayes are tenants of the fish stalls who pay
toll to the Corporation.