Cardiff Council Minutes, 1885–1886.
1885 November 9 Monday.
Councillor David Edgar Jones elected Mayor; salary £300.
Alderman Daniel Lewis appointed Deputy Mayor.
Resolved That the ex-Mayor, Councillor Fulton, receive the thanks of
the Council for the manner in which he has fulfilled the duties of the
Mayoralty, and that he be admitted as the first Honorary Freeman of
this Borough, under the powers conferred upon the Corporation by
the Honorary Freedom of Boroughs Act 1885.
Resolved That a copy of the foregoing Resolution, engrossed on
vellum and enclosed in a gold casket with a suitable inscription, be
presented to Councillor Fulton at a public meeting to be called for
Resolved That Joseph Monk and Thomas Kelly be appointed
Serjeants at-Mace for the ensuing year, at a salary of £20 each and a
suit of clothes.
Joseph Mount Stephen, Town Crier.
At the Property and Markets Committee, a letter was read from
Mr. G. A. B. Cope, a member of the Re-Organised Church of Latter
Day Saints, applying for the use of the Swimming Baths for the
purpose of baptising males and females.
Resolved That the application be not acceded to.
The attention of the Property and Markets Committee was called
to the storing by Messrs. Cross Bros. of a large quantity of petroleum
&c. on Corporation property adjoining the Free Library.
Enquiries are to be made as to the date of the expiration of the
lease of the premises between the Free Library and the old Royal
Hotel. The latter site, on the corner of Wharton Street and Trinity
Street, is required for the new premises of the Cardiff Savings Bank,
at present situate at the corner of North Street and Duke Street.
Mr. W. T. Lewis has written the Board of Trade, with regard to
the complaint of the Corporation, that "the mud raised by the
dredgers from the works at the Bute Docks has for a great number of
years past been taken down the Channel and deposited near a rock
called the Wolves, which is certainly not in the fairway."
Borough Treasurer is to recover £50. 4s. 4d., amount of damage
done to the old Royal Hotel on the occasion of the recent fire in
Mr. G. A. Phillips, the temporary assistant in the Borough
Engineer's Office, is appointed on the permanent staff at a salary of
The first meeting of the newly-appointed Charters Committee
was held 1st December, 1885; present: The Mayor (Chairman),
Alderman Taylor, Councillors Yorath and Trounce.
Letter from Mr. J. A. Corbett:—
"Cardiff. 13th November 1885.
Dear Sir,—I am much obliged for your letter of the 11th and
the vote of thanks which the Council have honoured me by according.
I can get access to a book of translations of Charters, which will
enable me to see whether there are any missing or not; and in a few
days, when a little more at liberty, I shall be glad to see you on the
J. A. Corbett."
The Town Clerk submitted the seven old Charters which were
handed to him by Mr. J. A. Corbett, numbered respectively 1, 2, 3, 5,
7, 12 and 13.
Resolved That Mr. G. E. Robinson be desired to attend the next
meeting of this Committee.
1885 December 14.
Resolved That in future the representatives of the Press be
admitted to all the meetings of the Committees of this Corporation,
as well as to the meetings of the Council.
Resolved That the use of the Assembly Room be granted for
holding the Hunt Ball.
An application by Mr. T. Gammon for the use of one of the
rooms in the Town Hall, for mission-work on Sunday evenings, was
The new steam fire-engine is to be called the "Walter
Town Clerk reported that he had taken possession of the farms
and lands in the Taff Fawr Valley, required for the construction of
the Cantref Reservoir.
Charters Committee resolved That Mr. Robinson and Mr. Drane
be allowed to inspect the Charters, and that Mr. Robinson be desired
to give the title of each Charter and report upon the best means for
the preservation thereof. Also that Mr. Robinson have permission to
take one of the Charters at a time, for purposes of inspection.
1886 January 11.
Daniel Jones, Water Bailiff, reports that a French schooner and
the steamer "Roath" had sunk in the Roads, the latter in consequence
of colliding with a German steamer. Her wreck is to be properly
lighted and guarded.
The congregation of the Jewish Synagogue in East Terrace ask
that the street may have macadam substituted for the pebble pitching.
Police Surgeon Wallace and the Head Constable are to instruct
the Police Force in "First Aid to the Injured," as recommended by
the St. John's Ambulance Association.
1886 February 8.
T. E. Baker appointed Engrossing and General Clerk, salary
£67. 12s., in the place of T. H. Middleton resigned.
Resolved That it be an instruction to the Public Works Committee that they take the necessary steps to acquire the piece of
ground in front of the Spittal Cottages, Crockherbtown, in order to
widen the street from the Alexandra Hotel to Dr. Hardyman's house.
Free Library Committee resolved That it is impossible, in the
present state of the finances, to establish Branch Libraries or
Deputation sent to Birmingham to attend a Town Meeting, for
the purpose of considering a scheme for improving the canal
navigation between Birmingham and the Bristol Channel.
Moved and seconded, That in future the contribution of £50
from the High Sheriff towards the expenses of the Judge's Lodgings
be not required.
— Leonard appointed Collector of Harbour Dues, in the place
of G. M. Douglas, late Inspector of Customs at this Port, who has
Parliamentary Committee resolved That the time has not yet
arrived for the Corporation to consider the question of the formation
of a Harbour Trust.
1886 February 15.
Councillor Yorath elected Alderman, in the place of Mr. Elliott
Resolved That the Borough Engineer obtain brass plates for the
insertion of cards with the respective names of the Members of the
Council, and affix the same to their respective desks in the Council
Deputation waited on the Great Western Directors, who promised
that the question of a station at Roath should receive careful consideration.
1886 March 8.
Charters Committee. Present: The Mayor (chairman), Alderman
Yorath, Councillor Trounce.
Mr. G. E. Robinson attended.
Resolved That Mr. Robinson be desired to obtain an estimate of
the cost of a translation of the Charters in the possession of the
Corporation, and for making facsimiles thereof by photo-zincographic
1886 April 12.
The Lord's interest in Ely and Canton Commons has been
purchased by the Corporation.
Edward Jenkins, of Pont-y-clown, Llantrisant, appointed Engineer
to the Fire Brigade; salary 30s. per week.
W. J. Parish, Clerk in the Borough Engineer's department, is
permitted to fish in the river Ely, on payment of the usual fee for a
1886 May 10.
A letter from Mr. W. Grant respecting the formation of "a
recognised professional Town Band " for the Borough was read.
Resolved That the memorial be allowed to lie on the table.
Resolved That, the Cardiff Savings Bank having suspended
payment without a prospect of resuming business, immediate steps
be taken to acquire the Bank premises with a view to carrying out
the proposed improvements in North Street.
Resolved That the sum of £50 be added to the Mayor's salary,
for the purpose of subscribing to the Glamorganshire General Agricultural Society, who are to hold their show this year at Cardiff.
R. W. Lewis appointed Chief Clerk in the Borough Treasurer's
Property and Markets Committee Resolved That in future
walnuts, the produce of the trees in Canton Market, be sold as
soon as the same are ready for pickling, to obviate the damage
caused by stone-throwing.
Discretionary power is given to the Head Constable for the
Police Band to play in the Sophia Gardens during the summer
Swansea, Newport, Neath and Bridgend are asked to co-operate
with Cardiff in endeavouring to secure an improved train-service on
the South Wales portion of the G. W. R.
1886 July 12.
Vote of condolence with the relatives of the late Alderman G. A.
Mr. Childers, the Home Secretary, writes directing the Watch
Committee to institute a searching investigation into the conduct of
the Police on the occasion of the riots during the recent Election at
An application was received from Mr. James Ayre, of 1 Ruthin
Gardens, for compensation for damage done to his windows by the
mob on the occasion of Mr. Parnell's visit to Cardiff.
Mr. James Cliff, of Penarth Road, is asked to attend before
the Watch Committee with reference to his complaint of having been
ill-used by the Police on 22nd June.
The Mayor and Councillor Morgan will be deputed to interview
David Morrell as to the alleged ill-treatment received by him whilst
under confinement in the Cardiff Police Cells.
The Police Surgeon is to furnish a report upon the number of
policemen injured on the night of the Election.
Colonel Lindsay, Chief Constable of the County Police, has
written the Borough Head Constable, declining to send him any
report for the Mayor.
Head Constables Report on the Riot.
"I have to report that during the recent Election the duties of
the Police have been very trying and onerous. On the occasions of
the visits of Mr. Parnell, Lord Hartington, Mr. Chamberlain and Mr.
Dillon, the crowds were very great, and on two occasions the Police
were severely handled. His Worship the Mayor and myself received
instructions from the Home Office to specially attend and protect
Lord Hartington, which was done. In consequence of information
received, His Worship instructed me to secure Police assistance from
other towns. I applied to the Police authorities at Bristol and
Swansea, but failed to get any. Colonel Lindsay informed me that
he could not spare any, owing to the annual inspection being held
during the week; but on the facts becoming known to Mr. R. O.
Jones, he interposed and procured 30 constables, who arrived here on
Tuesday the 6th instant, the evening of the arrival of Mr. Chamberlain.
We escorted Mr. Chamberlain from the Railway Station, and to and
from the Angel Hotel to the Drill Hall, and under the greatest
difficulty prevented him from being upset and assaulted. Several
attempts were made to attack the carriage, stones were thrown
and several constables were struck. The feeling was very high.
Several gentlemen were attacked and subsequently threatened, and
they claimed protection from the Mayor for their houses. On
the night of the 7th inst., after the declaration of the poll, a
large crowd assembled in St. Mary Street, quite 9,000 or 10,000
persons. I placed a body of constables in front of the Royal
Hotel, and distributed others in various places under the charge
of Superintendent Price, Inspector Harris, and Sergeants Hawkins
and Johns. Superintendent Price sent Detective Fowler to me about
12. 15, and stated that the mob were throwing stones and breaking
the windows of the Western Mail offices. I immediately proceeded
with another body of constables. Upon arriving we found a most
excited crowd throwing stones. I drew the men up in line near the
Western Mail offices, and advised and begged the crowd to desist and
go quietly home. It was of no avail. The Police then advanced;
stones still being thrown, and several of the Police were injured,
including myself. I was struck several times. We charged the mob
and drove the greater portion of the crowd away, and returned back
to the wall of the Western Mail. The mob returned and recommenced throwing stones; after another advance we succeeded in
clearing away the crowd. I used great forbearance, and regret if any
innocent or unoffending persons were injured. I am confident that,
had we not acted with promptitude and firmness, there would have
been serious destruction of property, and our lives were in danger.
The mob appeared intent upon wrecking the Western Mail buildings.
A magic-lantern canvas, upon which objectionable caricatures had
been exhibited, caused a great deal of excitement. Mr. Councillor
Vaughan came to me in a most excited state. I had previously heard
of his presence among the crowd, and I advised him to go home.
That I threatened to strike him I most emphatically deny. The
statements that have been made as to the Police being drunk are
entirely without foundation. I was surprised where the mob procured
the stones from, for I had arranged with the Borough Engineer and
Superintendent of Scavengers to have all loose stones removed from
the streets. In St. Mary Street at 7.45 p.m. there were no loose
stones to be seen."
Statement by Councillor W. E. Vaughan.
I was at the Liberal Club about 10.30 p.m. When the result of
the poll was made known I went out on to the balcony and listened
to several speeches. There was a large crowd in the road, and their
bearing was most orderly. About 12.30, just before Sir Edward
Reed came to the Club from the Royal Hotel, I started to go home to
Canton. I skirted the crowd on the side next to the canal. As I got
to the corner of Mill Lane I saw the police pushing the people about
and driving them back. I myself was pushed, and said to the
policeman, "I am going home; why do you interfere?" Inspector
Tamblyn was standing behind these men. I said to him, "I should
think you are trying to incite a riot." He replied, "I cannot help
it; you must see the Head Constable." I enquired where he was
to be found, and the Inspector said, "At the Western Mail." I at
once went across St. Mary Street, but before getting to the Western
Mail offices I saw a large number of police with drawn staves rush
towards the crowd. The constables were followed by one or two
Inspectors and Sergeants, and at the rear of these came Mr.
Hemingway attired in plain clothes. He was shouting, "Rush at
them; clear the streets." I cried, "Mr. Hemingway, if you want to
stop it withdraw your men, or you will provoke a riot." He replied,
"I won't be interfered with by you. If you speak to me again (and
he rose his stick threateningly), I will knock you down." I had no
weapon in my hand. Looking around, I saw a number of men at the
corner of Mill Lane being beaten most unmercifully. I could distinctly
hear the crack of the policemen's staves on their heads. The Head
Constable was shouting like a maniac, "Drive them off the street." I
went straight home, passing up St. Mary Street, and could see no
signs of rioting. It is a mystery to me why the police thought it
necessary to behave as they did.
The Mayor has asked the Government to appoint a Commission
of Enquiry into the above circumstances, which the Home Secretary
has consented to do on payment of the cost.
1886 July 22.
The Home Secretary has appointed John Bridge, esq., the
Stipendiary at Bow Street Police Court, to hold the enquiry into the
conduct of the Constabulary in connection with the Cardiff Election
Councillor T. W. Jacobs elected Alderman, in place of Alderman
G. A. Stone deceased.
Finance Committee recommend that in future Municipal Elections
the scale of remuneration to be allowed to persons outside the
Corporation be as follows:—Presiding Officers, two guineas; Poll
Clerks, one guinea; and that no other allowance be made to the
officials engaged thereat.
Vote of condolence with the family of the late Alderman Stone,
formerly Chairman of the Burial Board. Councillor Trounce is
appointed to succeed him in the chairmanship.
A tender was submitted from Mr. W. Spiridion for repairing the
Mayor's chain and badge, replacing and making leaves and gilding
same, and restoring case, for £6. 15s. Od.
Resolved That the same be accepted, and Mr. Spiridion requested
to take to the gold found concealed in the interior of the badge and
credit the account therewith.
Letter from Mr. J. Hurman, Traffic Manager of the Taff Vale
Railway, was read before a Special Committee. He had written the
Head Constable asking him to render assistance on Sunday when the
Company's private toll-gate was set up on the new road between Bute
Docks and Grangetown, as he was apprehensive of a breach of the
peace. He promised to comply, but did not do so. A breach of the
peace did actually occur. One of the Company's special constables
was assaulted, and received a blow in the mouth, and great damage
was done to the Company's property. A new gate has been erected at
the same place, and it is stated a similar attempt will be made to
destroy it. The Company therefore demand protection.
In consequence of the above letter the whole Committee waited
on the Chairman and Directors of the T.V.R., and urged them to
remove the tolls; but this they declined to do until their right to the
same had been admitted by the peaceful payment thereof on the part
of the public.
1886 August 9.
£26. 5s. added to the Mayor's salary, to give a prize at the
Cardiff Christmas Fat Stock Show.
The Secretary of State has forwarded a copy of Mr. Bridge's
Report re the Election Riots; and suggests that in future cases
where, owing to party feeling or other causes, any serious disturbance of the public peace may be apprehended on the polling day,
votes should be counted and the poll declared by daylight on the
Summary of the Report.
Cardiff is a town which has increased in population to an extraordinary degree during the last ten years, and now contains a very
large population from all parts of the United Kingdom, together with
a large number of foreign sailors. "The question before the electors
at the election in question" excited the greatest interest. During the
visits of Lord Hartington, Mr. Chamberlain, Mr. Parnell and Mr.
Dillon, to address the electors on behalf of the respective candidates,
the assistance of the Police was required for the protection of some of
these gentlemen; and by the exertions of the Police alone disturbances
of the peace were then avoided. The authorities were apprehensive
of tumultuous assemblies on the day of the election, and the Mayor,
after consultation with the Home Secretary, had arranged for the
importation of a body of County Constabulary to assist the local
Police. The Mayor had also directed that all stones should be removed
from Saint Mary Street, where disturbances, if any, were likely to
occur. The Head Constable directed that no constable should draw
his baton except under the instructions of his superior officer. Before
the declaration of the poll, the Head Constable had sent small bodies
of Police to protect the Liberal Club, the Conservative Club, the
South Wales Daily News, which supported Sir Edward Reed, and the
Western Mail, which supported Mr. Brand. This was because the
South Wales Daily News had been attacked at the last election, and
because, for some evenings before the polling day, transparencies had
been exhibited at the buildings of the Western Mail, which, being
caricatures of certain eminent political leaders, had greatly excited the
crowds coming to see them. The result of the poll was declared a
short time before midnight at the Town Hall, in the presence of a
large crowd in Saint Mary Street. After it was declared and a speech
had been delivered by Sir Edward Reed, a large portion of the crowd
proceeded from the Town Hall to the front of the Western Mail
buildings. Up to this time the Police and the crowd had been
perfectly friendly, although a few stones had been thrown against the
different illuminations at the Western Mail buildings. On the arrival
of the crowd from the Town Hall, an illumination of Mr. Brand was
being exhibited. The crowd threw stones, and with great noise
demanded that the illumination should be taken in. A number of
stones struck the extra force of constables which had been summoned.
At this time there was a very large crowd of from seven to eight
thousand people, mostly orderly persons who were mere sightseers.
But there were others who were armed with stones, and were noisy,
and ripe for any mischief. The night was dark, and no one could see
what took place except close to him. After the Head Constable had
placed his men with their backs to the Western Mail buildings, he
went into the middle of the crowd and endeavoured to persuade them
to disperse. The stone-throwing continued, and he was struck by
several stones with great force. He then ordered his men to advance
in line, but they were unable to press their way further than the edge
of the pavement. The Head Constable then ordered them to charge,
and clear the street. The Police then charged, drawing their staves,
and divided the crowd, driving part of it up the street, and the other
down toward the monument. On a second charge, the crowd again
retreated, and went not only up and down St. Mary Street, but a
number of them went along Mill Lane. Many persons were thrown
down, and a considerable number received violent blows from the
constables' staves. Two at least, William Davis and John Cabner,
perfectly unoffending persons, were seriously injured. But many
believed they saw people knocked down by the police, who in reality
only fell from the rush of the crowd. In the last charge some of the
Police followed the crowd down Mill Lane, without orders, and there
struck down some of the retreating crowd. Two women were thrown
down at the corner of the lane, who afterwards made complaints. It
was toward the end of the second charge that Sir Edward Reed came
down Saint Mary Street and, passing through the Police and the
crowd, proceeded to the Liberal Club. About this time Mr. Vaughan,
a Town Councillor, had some angry words with the Head Constable.
Soon after this, most of the crowd having dispersed, the Head
Constable drew up the Police in line near the monument. At this
time also a large crowd had assembled in front of the Liberal Club, to
listen to speeches from the balcony, and a large portion of the crowd
had been driven towards Penarth Road and the East and West Canal
Wharves, by whom stones were again flung at the Police, causing
them great annoyance and bodily injury. One policeman at least was
knocked down, and so much hurt that he was incapacitated for duty
for some time. While the Police were in this line, Mr. John Duncan,
part proprietor of the South Wales Daily News, came down St. Mary
Street, and remonstrated with the Head Constable upon the conduct
of the Police, but spoke only from what others had told him. Directly
after this the Head Constable was called away by the report that a
man was lying dangerously injured in Mill Lane, and he is not
responsible for what subsequently took place. After speaking to the
Head Constable, Mr. Duncan advanced to the monument and there
addressed the crowd, telling them that the Police had greatly exceeded
their duties. Stones came faster after this; the Police got impatient,
declared they could endure it no longer, and Inspector Tamblyn, who
was in command, gave orders to clear the bridge. He gave no orders
to draw staves; but the Police proceeded to drive the crowd over the
bridge, down Custom House Street to New Street, using their staves
on them. There was here no violent resistance, and the streets were
soon clear. There is undoubted evidence of fifteen persons' having
received severe injuries from the batons of policemen. Two of the
Police were severely injured by stones, and sixteen or seventeen
Watch Committee considered the application of Mr. James Ayre,
of 1 Ruthin Gardens, for compensation for damage done to his windows
by the mob on the occasion of Mr. Parnell's visit to Cardiff.
Resolved That as, at the time the procession was passing the
house, some persons therein exhibited party colours, his claim cannot
Sir William Thomas Lewis writes that Lord Bute will be
favourably disposed towards the scheme for weiring the Taff, provided it can be done without interfering with his own rights or those
of his tenants, and that the water is not used for boating purposes
above Cardiff Bridge. This last condition is absolutely essential to
Lord Bute's approval.
Cardiff Council Minutes, 1886–1887.
1886 November 9 Tuesday. Present:—
The Mayor (Chairman).
D. E. Jones (ex-Mayor),
Councillor Morgan Morgan elected Mayor; salary £300.
Alderman William Taylor appointed Deputy Mayor.
Vote of thanks to Alderman William Bradley Watkins, J.P.,
Mayor and Chief Magistrate 1865–6, upon his retirement from the
aldermanic bench, for the services he had faithfully rendered to the
Borough during 37 years.
Councillors Thomas Waring and Patrick William Carey elected
Joseph Monk and Thomas Kelly appointed Serjeants-at-Mace.
The Mayor gave to the Museum the bell from the Old Town
Vote of regret on the death of Robert Oliver Jones, esq., late
Stipendiary Magistrate for the Borough.
T. W. Lewis, Secretary of the Cardiff Cymmrodorion Society,
writes asking that the Stipendiary Magistrate next to be appointed
may be conversant with the Welsh language.
Letter from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, asks for
the Corporation's support to the proposed Imperial Institute, in
honour of Her Majesty's Jubilee. (Referred to Committee re Queen's
The Justices, including the Mayor, having declined to punish
persons for refusing to pay the street hawking tolls, their collection
is to be discontinued.
Roath Park Committee arrange to inspect the land proposed to
be acquired for the Roath Park.
Alderman Jones submitted a scheme shewing land between
Pen-y-lan Road and Fairoak Farm to be covered with water for
boating and other purposes.
1886 December 13.
Moved by Alderman Taylor, seconded by Councillor Brain, and
Resolved: That the name of the street between Queen Street and the
Taff Vale Railway bridge be in future called Queen Street, instead of
A time-ball, or public clock, giving Greenwich mean time, is to
be provided for the town and set up at the Town Hall or in some
other convenient situation.
Sir William Lewis agrees to let the Flat Holm to the Corporation
at £50 per annum.
Special Committee resolved That the Town Clerk be desired
to communicate with the various municipal corporations of Wales,
and enquire whether it is their intention to celebrate the Jubilee of
Her Majesty's reign by the presentation of an address, and to suggest
that they should join Cardiff, as the Metropolis of Wales, in so doing.
1887 January 10.
The Marquis of Bute has promised to present the Corporation
with a site for an Infectious Disease Hospital, near the "Hamadryad"
Water Bailiff is to be provided with a suit of uniform clothes,
overcoat, oilskin coat, boots and leggings.
Resolved That in view of the fact that the Bench at Cardiff
consists of a large number of Magistrates willing to discharge the
duties devolving upon them, it is not expedient to make application at
present for the re-appointment of a Stipendiary Magistrate.
1887 January 26.
Councillor Oliver presented a Memorial of Ratepayers, praying
the Corporation to order the removal of the Batchelor statue from the
open space in the Hayes. They complain that public land is occupied
by the statue of a man whose memory is associated with the politics
of one particular party. (1,200 signatures are appended).
Water Bailiff is authorised to settle the claim of Charles Bacon,
of Walton Bay, near Clevedon, for picking up a Corporation buoy.
The tender of Messrs. Smith & Sons, London, for a time-ball,
four feet in diameter, fixed complete for £85, is accepted by the
Property and Markets Committee.
Watch Committee. Head Constable reported that William
Thorn, manager for Messrs. Gibson Bros., Bute Docks, had been
locked up by Detective Fowler, charged with wilfully defacing the
Batchelor statue by throwing yellow paint and tar thereon.
Lord Bute's offer of £50 a year for the Flat Holm is accepted.
Special Committee resolve to ask the Charity Commissioners
that the £500 per annum granted from the funds of the Wells Charity
to the University College of South Wales shall only be devoted
to scholarships or exhibitions in favour of poor boys and girls of
1887 February 14.
Deputation appointed to wait upon the Great Western Railway
Co., to impress upon them the great necessity for immediately
constructing a railway-station for the use of the populous district of
Roath, and for converting the Cardiff Station into an open one; also
to make an entrance to the down platform, and a thoroughfare from
Wood Street to the Station, in order to meet the growing requirements
of the public of Cardiff.
Town Clerk reported that a notice had appeared in the local
papers stating that an application had been made to the Board of
Trade from the Right Hon. Lord Windsor for the acquisition of the
rights and interests of the Crown in certain foreshore of the river
Taff at Grangetown, containing 7¾ acres.
Resolved That the Town Clerk be requested to object thereto on
behalf of the Corporation.
1887 March 14.
Letter from Mr. Daniel Rees, Clerk to the Magistrates. The
Justices suggest that the Secretary of State be asked to appoint
Mr. R. A. Valpy as Stipendiary for the Borough.
Corporation require that the new Stipendiary Borough Magistrate
should sit four days a week, and should have a knowledge of maritime
law. The Home Secretary is not disposed to consider the latter
Deputation of ratepayers petitions the Council to restore the
name of Crockherbtown. "This alteration has proved very inconvenient in many ways, without any corresponding advantage whatever.
They are also unwilling that so well known and ancient a name,
which has distinguished this as so respectable a part of Cardiff from
time immemorial, should be abolished." (Mr. T. H. Stephens,
solicitor, headed the deputation. The memorial bore 30 signatures.)
Councillor Price thereupon moved to rescind the resolution
altering the name Crockherbtown to Queen Street, but the motion on
being put to the meeting was lost.
Resolved That £500 be added to the Mayor's salary for the
current year, as the subscription of the Corporation towards the
expenses of public illuminations, arches, decorations, flags &c., in
connection with the celebration of the Jubilee of the reign of Her
Majesty the Queen.
Town Clerk laid before the General Purposes Committee a resolution passed at a meeting of the Cardiff Working Men's Radical
Association, deprecating the spending of any money by the Corporation in celebration of the Jubilee of the Queen's reign.
Town Clerk reported that the Borough of Llantrisant, which
was recently a Municipal Corporation, had ceased to be a Corporate
Borough, and the Corporation thereof had been dissolved, as a new
Charter had not been granted by Her Majesty, and now forms part of
the County of Glamorgan, and the office of Town Clerk of that
Borough abolished. This latter gentleman carried out the duties of
preparing and publishing the List of Freemen, and receiving claims
and objections thereto for Parliamentary Registration purposes; and
also issued a Precept to the Overseers of the Parish of Llantrisant to
prepare a list of the persons entitled to vote in the election of a
Member for Cardiff, which lists were afterwards handed to the Town
Clerk of Cardiff. The Borough of Llantrisant is not co-extensive
with the Parish of Llantrisant, the parish being five times larger
than the Borough. Only the inhabitants of the Borough have the
right to vote in Parliamentary elections for Cardiff. The Town Clerk
therefore considers that he should issue his Precept to the Overseers
of the Parish of Llantrisant to publish the List of Freemen, etc.
"Whitehall. 18 March, 1887.
Sir,—I have had the honour to lay before the Queen the loyal
and dutiful Address of the Mayor, Aldermen and Town Council of
Cardiff, on the occasion of Her Majesty attaining the Fiftieth Year of
her reign; in which the Town Council moreover pray that Her Majesty
may grant that the Chief Magistrate of the Borough may be styled
'Lord Mayor.' And I have the satisfaction to inform you that Her
Majesty was pleased to receive the congratulations of the Town
Council most graciously—I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
The Mayor of Cardiff."
Resolved That Sir Samuel Griffith, K.C.M.G., the Premier of
Queensland, Australia, be presented with an address of welcome on
the occasion of his visit to this Borough.
Some old cottages were pulled down at the Cemetery.
The Head Constable is to summon any person cutting turf on
the Ely and Canton Commons.
Borough Engineer to report as to the best mode of preventing
the leakage in the roof of the Town Hall in times of snow.
"Board of Trade, Harbour Department;
London. 29 March, 1887.
Sir,—Referring to your letter of the 3rd instant, transmitting
certain objections raised by the Corporation of Cardiff to the application of Lord Windsor for the acquisition of the rights and interests of
the Crown in certain Foreshore of the river Taff at Grangetown, for the
purpose of constructing a Dock and other works thereon, I am directed
by the Board of Trade to state, with reference to the objection No.2,
that the Foreshores of the United Kingdom below high water mark
are prima facie the property of the Crown, and have been placed, by
the Crown Lands Act 1866, under the management of the Board of
Trade; who, with their present information, are unable to admit that
the Corporation of Cardiff have any right to the Foreshore below high
mark of the river Taff, or elsewhere at Cardiff. With regard to the
other objections made by the Corporation, a further communication
will be made to you as soon as practicable.—I am, Sir, your obedient
C. Cecil Trevor.
Resolved That the action of the Chairman with regard to the
wreck "Strathallan" be approved, and that the Town Clerk be
desired to write to the authorities of Trinity House requesting them
to remove same.
Resolved That the materials of the old Savings Bank premises be
sold by public auction.
Mr. John Stuart Corbett has informed the Health and Port
Sanitary Committee that Lord Bute would require a rent of £100 per
acre for about three acres of land, part of the Dumballs, with a
frontage to the river Taff, to be leased to the Corporation for a
Cabs Committee. Resolved That, as the present system of
regulating the vehicular traffic of the Borough is very unsatisfactory,
the same be discontinued and the regulation of the traffic relegated to
the Head Constable.
Town Clerk submitted to the Parliamentary Committee a letter
from Mr. J. A. Corbett, apropos of the new Cardiff Corporation Bill,
alleging that Lord Bute was owner of the foreshore and bed of the
river Taff within the lines of deviation, and submitting a clause for the
protection of Lord Bute.
Resolved That the Town Clerk be requested to inform Lord
Bute's Solicitor that the Corporation are prepared to insert a clause
for the protection of the Marquis of Bute, but they cannot admit any
right on his Lordship's part to the bed of the river Taff.
re Roath Park.
Sir William Thomas Lewis writes that the correspondence
between the Town Clerk and Mr. J. S. Corbett has been submitted
to Lord Bute. Provided Lord Tredegar and the other owners of
land in the Roath valley are prepared to give their land free of cost,
the Marquis will arrange to purchase from his Trustees about 80 acres
there and present the same to the public for a park. Enclosed is a
plan shewing proposed recreation-ground and lake, the roads around
which would form a drive 3¼ miles long, continued along the public
highway to Llanishen. The Corporation would of course have to
provide the whole of the roads, fences and other necessary works.
Resolved That the best thanks of the Roath Park Committee be
presented to Lord Bute for his valuable and munificent gift of a Park
for the use of the inhabitants of this Borough.
1887 April 15.
Town Clerk laid before the Council a Precept from the Cardiff
School Board for £8,300, the amount required for the expenses of the
said Board up to the 1st October next.
Moved by Councillor Trounce, Seconded by Councillor Rees, that
the same be apportioned among the respective parishes as usual.
Proposed by Councillor Jackson, seconded by Alderman Yorath,
by way of amendment, That while recognising the fact that this
Corporation is obliged to comply with the Precept of the School
Board, as a protest against the abnormal and extravagant increase in
the expenditure of the Board the Council do not take any steps
towards the payment of the sum required, until the Overseers have
collected the amount.
The amendment on being put to the meeting was carried, and it
was resolved accordingly, and the names were taken as follows:—
For: Aldermen Jones, Taylor, McConnochie, Yorath, Jacobs, Carey;
Councillors Lougher, Jackson, Reynolds, Waston, Le Boulanger,
Hurley, Oliver, Brain, R. Price, Riches, Burrow, Hopkins—18.
Against: Councillors D. Jones, Sanders, Rees, Vaughan, Trounce,
Ramsdale, Mildon, Shackell, P. Price—9. Neutral: The Mayor—1.
Town Clerk read the following resolution passed at a meeting of
the Cardiff Conservative Working Men's Club:—"That this meeting
heartily endorses the action of the Town Council in voting £500 to
to his Worship the Mayor for the Jubilee Festivities."
Town Clerk advises the Council to oppose the proposal for
incorporating Penarth. Serious inconvenience would result therefrom, as there would be two municipal bodies in close proximity to
each other and mutually antagonistic. Penarth has only an estimated
population of 11,000. There is practically no difference between the
rating of Cardiff and Penarth. The Cardiff Corporation are the
permanent Port Sanitary Authority, with jurisdiction extending to
Property and Markets Committee desire the Town Clerk to
inform the Board of Trade that they have no objection to Lord
Windsor's purchase of the foreshore, provided that all the rights and
privileges of the Corporation, as Conservators of the river Taff, and
all rates or duties payable to the Corporation for vessels coming into
the Port of Cardiff, &c., are not interfered with.
The erection of Messrs. Duncan's new premises in the Golate
being now completed, that street is to be laid with adamantine paving.
1887 May 9.
General District Rate 1s. in the £.
Resolved that the Borough Engineer be instructed to cause the
front of the Town Hall to be appropriately decorated and illuminated
during the week commencing June 20th, in honour of the Jubilee of
the reign of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen.
Committee appointed to enquire into the truth of the statements
contained in the newspapers as to a dispute between certain of the
Chief Officials in the Town Clerk's Office, with full powers to deal
with the matter without further reference to this Council.
Moved by Alderman Jones, seconded by Councillor Andrews,
that the Mayor and Town Clerk be requested to prepare an address
to the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P., in honour of his visit to
South Wales. (The motion on being put to the meeting was lost.)
William Edgar Stephens appointed junior clerk in the Town
Clerk's Office, at a salary of £16 per annum.
Board of Trade write that no grant which they may make of the
foreshore to Lord Windsor can affect any rights possessed by the
Corporation of levying tolls on vessels entering the Port of Cardiff.
The Committee Clerk, Mr. W. J. Newbery, sent in his
resignation, and it was accepted.
1887 June 13.
Messrs. J. Pyke Thompson and Edwin Seward write suggesting
the desirability of bringing together a public collection of pictures
relating to Cardiff, and of those features of the town which are
constantly disappearing by reason of modern changes. They also
offer for the Corporation's acceptance the following paintings of local
1. Original study of the David for the altar-piece in
Llandaff Cathedral, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Donor, J.
2. An Italian peasant girl, painted in Rome by Penry
Williams. Donor, J. Pyke Thompson.
3. Landscape sketch by Richard Wilson, R.A. Donor,
J. Pyke Thompson.
4. Old buildings formerly standing in Quay Street,
Cardiff. Donor, Edwin Seward.
5. Old Crockherbtown, with the Theatre Royal.
Donor, John Jenkins.
6. Cardiff and the old Town Walls. Donor, Edwin
7. The old Taff Bridge at Pontypridd. Donor, John
The offer was accepted with the best thanks of the Council.
Plans for a proposed extension of Cardiff Castle were approved
by the Council.
The Home Office notify the appointment of Thomas William
Lewis, esq., B.L., to be Police Magistrate and Justice of the Peace
for the Borough of Cardiff.
Moved by Alderman Carey, in pursuance of notice of motion
previously given, seconded by Councillor Le Boulanger, and resolved,
That the Borough Engineer be instructed to prepare a plan showing
the continuation of Charles Street into David Street.
Borough Engineer submitted a plan of the land for the proposed
extension of the Free Library and Museum etc., showing the ground
to be utilised for the widening of Trinity Street and Working Street.
Resolved, That the same be approved, and the land remaining
appropriated for additions to the Library &c., subject to the Free
Library Committee setting back the building in Working Street to the
line indicated upon the plan, at their own expense.
Resolved, That the Town Clerk be instructed to advertise for
tenders for the removal of wrecks which may occur in the fairway of
Mr. Lewis Williams writes to the Head Constable, apropos of
bogus clubs:— "You will be pleased to know that Mr. Gladstone said
to me on the platform, 'Your Police have done their work well, and
are admirably handled;' adding 'The Metropolitan could not have
done better. I really admire them.'"
Head Constable is to arrange for the Police Band to play in the
Sophia Gardens on Wednesday afternoons.
Corporation make special arrangements for the Sunday School
children's Jubilee fete in Cathays Park.
Deputation, consisting of the following gentlemen, waited on the
Special Committee with reference to the selection of a site for the
proposed National Institute of Wales:—
Major Jones, President of the Cardiff Cymmrodorion Society;
Edwin Seward, Royal Cambrian Academy; Edward Thomas, Welsh
Utilization Society; Tudor Evans, Hon. Sec. Cambrian Society;
William Johnston, Secretary of the Literary Society; T. H. Thomas,
R.C.A., President-elect of the Cardiff Natural History and Antiquarian
Resolved, That the Council be recommended to grant a buildinglease to the National Institute of the site desired by them in the
Hayes, at a nominal ground rent of £1 per annum.
1887 July 11.
The Mayor reported that he had appointed Charles Pearce as
Serjeant-at-Mace, in the place of Thomas Kelly deceased.
H.J. Paine, M.D., resigns his appointment as Medical Officer of
Committee appointed to consider the Charity Commissioners'
draft scheme for the endowment of the Cardiff University College
out of the funds of the Craddock Wells Charity.
In reply to a deputation from the Corporation, the Directors of
the Great Western Railway promise that they will give their careful
consideration to the question of constructing a station at Roath and
making Cardiff Station an open one.
The Golate is to be paved with blue Staffordshire stable-brick.
Borough Engineer submitted a plan for the intended widening of
The barbed spikes on the Newport Road fencing are to be nipped
Sub-Committee appointed to consider the subject of the pollution
of the river Taff.
1887 August 8.
Borough of Cardiff.
To the Most Honourable John Patrick Crichton Stuart, Marquis
of Bute, Earl of Windsor, Viscount Mountjoy, Baron Mountstuart,
Baron Cardiff of Cardiff Castle, Earl of Dumfries and Bute, Lord
Crichton of Sanquhar and Cumnock, and Lord Mountstuart, Cumbrae
and Inchmarnock, K.T., L.L.D.
May it please your Lordship:
We the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of
Cardiff, in Council assembled, desire, in the name of the Corporation
and the inhabitants of this Borough, to offer to your Lordship our
most sincere thanks for the generous gift of more than one hundred
acres of land for the purposes of a public Park for the use of the
inhabitants of this large and important Borough, and which has
to-day been so appropriately inauguarted by the Most Honourable
the Marchioness of Bute cutting the first sod. This is another
evidence of your Lordship's desire to promote and foster the wellbeing of the inhabitants of this town, and this is now further proved
by the presentation of the greater part of the land required for a
public park. We assure you that the gift will be highly appreciated
by the people of Cardiff, and will afford them means of recreation
which will contribute greatly to their health and enjoyment. As
custodians of the land, we assure you that every effort will always be
made to maintain and preserve the same as a public park in a manner
worthy of the donor. Cardiff is a place enshrined in historical record
since the time of the Conquest. Since the first dock was opened in
the year 1839, by your late noble father, its population has risen from
7,000 to upwards of 117,000; and from a small town it has become
the third port in the United Kingdom; and it boasts of Docks which,
both for capacity and construction, are amongst the best in the world.
Its export of coal is the largest in the Empire, and its rateable value
is not less than £620,000. The splendour of its public and private
buildings, the magnificence of its streets, its unsurpassed water supply,
its sanitary arrangements, its University College, its Free Library,
Museum, and Schools for Science and Art, and, above all, the enterprise of its inhabitants, incontestably stamp it as the Metropolis of
Wales. We refer with pride to the spirited policy adopted by your
Lordship in furthering the interests of the Town and Port of Cardiff,
and we heartily congratulate you upon the completion and opening
to-day of the new Roath Dock, which will tend to further develope
and give increased advantages to the shipping interests of the Port
The sagacious and far-sighted policy your late noble father originated,
together with your own untiring efforts, have resulted in the establishment of a vast coal and shipping trade, of which we are justly proud,
and rejoice further in the fact of its rapid development having stamped
the Port and Borough as one of great and increasing importance. We
hope that the warm feelings which your visits to Cardiff have called
forth from all classes have proved to your Lordship how sincerely
they welcome the presence of yourself and the members of your
family in their midst, and how gladly they seize upon every opportunity of expressing their esteem and regard towards your noble
House. We hope that you will long enjoy the blessings of health
and strength, and that in time to come you will realise how truly
your generosity is appreciated by the inhabitants of Cardiff.
Votes of thanks for land at Roath Park given by Lord Tredegar,
Major and Mrs. Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Clarke.
Permission has been granted for holding the Cardiff Dog Show
in the Market.
Trinity House, London, E.C.
22nd July 1887.
Sir,—I have laid your letter, dated the 14th instant, before the
Board, and in reply am to inform you that the charge of £2 per
twenty-four hours for marking and lighting a wreck is, in the opinion
of the Elder Brethren, a reasonable one. As regards your enquiry as
to whether the Elder Brethren would undertake the watching and
lighting of any future wreck that may occur in the Channel, I am
desired to state that the Elder Brethren, while perfectly ready to
afford such assistance to Local Authorities as may be in their power
compatibly with the duties and interests of their own service, are quite
unable to state any terms or enter into any agreement in respect of
watching or lighting any wrecks that may occur in water out of their
jurisdiction, but that they will be prepared to consider any case on its
merits when brought before them.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant.
Chas. A. Kent,
Watch Committee are to prevent the recurrence of the obstruction in Church Street opposite the Old Arcade entrance, on market
Resolved That the Corporation buoys be painted and lettered
"Cardiff Corporation," so that they may be identified in the event of
their breaking their moorings.
Committee accepted a tender for showing the necessary signals
day and night on any wreck within the Corporation limits.
Committee approved Mr. J. S. Corbett's plan for an arch across
North Road, having a carriage-way of 32 feet with footpaths on either
David Vaughan, Assistant Inspector, is appointed Inspector of
Nuisances, at a salary of £100, and Inspector of the Port Sanitary
Authority at £30 per annum.
1887 September 12.
Council tenders to His Worship the Mayor (Sir Morgan Morgan)
its hearty congratulations upon the distinguished honour of Knighthood which has been conferred upon him by Her Most Gracious
Majesty the Queen in commemoration of her Jubilee, and sincerely
trusts that His Worship and Lady Morgan may live long to enjoy the
honour conferred upon them.
1887 September 19.
Letter from Mr. H. L. Grover, the Deputy Coroner. He has
had the melancholy duty of holding an inquest upon the body of Lady
Walker, who died from the effects of injuries caused by being thrown
out of a dog-cart in Queen Street opposite the T.V.R. Offices, just
before passing under the bridge. He informs the Corporation of his
Jury's recommendation that the slippery pitching on the road at that
spot should be taken up, so as to lessen the danger to life and limb.
(Referred to the Public Works Committee.)
Corporation accepts terms formulated in a letter from Mr. James
Andrew Corbett on behalf of Lord Bute. Subject to the Corporation
permitting the proposed restoration of the Senghenydd Gate, the
Marquess will accept £5,000 for the land required to widen North
Street, and will build the boundary wall according to his own design.
The Corporation will convey to His Lordship the small strip of land
between the Glove and Shears Inn and the new line of North Street,
and the 18 yards opposite the Corporation land which was retained
by Lord Bute on the setting back of the eastern side of North Street.
Asphalt is to be substituted for the pitching in Caroline Street.
Council memorialise the Charity Commissioners, to the effect
that the Commissioners' draft scheme for the re-organisation of the
Craddock Wells Charity is at variance with the Will and intention of
the founder, and that the funds should be specially devoted to the
wants of the poor boys and girls of Cardiff.
Letter from Mr. Arthur J. Harris, Clerk to the Llandaff Highway
Board. The Board suggest to the Corporation the advisability of
building a bridge across the river Taff at Llystalybont, midway between
the bridges at Cardiff and Llandaff. The public at present have a
right of fordway across the river at the point connecting the road from
Cardiff and the Merthyr turnpike-road, near Maindy, with the road
leading past the old House of Mercy to Llandaff Mill. This right is not
openly admitted by Lord Bute, through whose land the highways and
fordway pass; and it, in conjunction with another similar right higher
up the river, has been for some time past the subject of contention
between the Highway Board and His Lordship. In the course of
friendly negociations it has become evident that, to get rid of the
troublesome right which the public at present possess, Lord Bute
would consent to the making of a bridge, and would give the land
necessary for providing proper roads thereto on either side. This
would not only afford an alternative road to Llandaff, but would
shorten the route from Roath, Cathays and the north-eastern parts of
the Borough. Llandaff cannot bear the entire cost of the proposed
bridge, in addition to the maintenance of its approaches; nor can the
County of Glamorgan contribute more than half the cost of the bridge.
Lord Bute is not prepared to do more than give the land. He will
permit, but does not desire, the improvement, which will invade his
privacy but not increase the value of any property which he desires
to place in the market. The Board therefore ask the Corporation to
contribute. (Referred to Committee to report.)
John Alexander Wood is appointed clerk in the Borough
Treasurer's Department, in the place of G. W. Newbery resigned.
Salary 15s. per week.
The attention of omnibus proprietors is to be called to the new
route from Wood Street via Tudor Road to Canton.
Vehicles plying for hire between Cardiff and Barry, Cadoxton
&c., are to take out licences.
1887 October 10
On account of the increase of traffic, the Weighing Machine is to
be removed from Queen Street.
List of Members of Council.
The Mayor (Sir Morgan Morgan).
Thomas Vaughan Yorath,
Thomas Windsor Jacobs,
Patrick William Carey.
David Edgar Jones,
Daniel Lloyd Lougher,
John Guy Proger,
William Edmund Vaughan,
William John Trounce,
Charles James Jackson,
Dominick McGettrick Watson,
John Amice Le Boulanger,
William Callow Hurley,
Samuel Arthur Brain,
John William Alfred Stevens,
Tom Hurry Riches,
Edward William Shackell,
Edward Walford, M.D., is appointed Medical Officer of Health
for the Urban Sanitary Authority, at a salary of £300, and for the
Port Sanitary Authority at £100 per annum. (Dr. Walford was
formerly Medical Officer at Ramsgate.)
Borough Engineer reports that the river Taff and its affluents
are made the carriers of all kinds of refuse and filth from collieries,
ironworks and sewage.
Resolved That the Town Clerk be desired to institute proceedings under the Rivers Pollution Prevention Act 1876, against
the Pontypridd Local Board and the Ystradyfodwg Local Board, for
causing liquid sewage-matter to flow into the river Taff.
Roath Park Committee give formal expression to their regret at
the news of the death of Alderman Daniel Jones.
After reading a report from the Borough Engineer, the Special
Parliamentary and Public Works Committee resolve that they cannot
recommend the Corporation to contribute towards the construction of
the proposed bridge at Llystalybont, as the same would be outside the
1887 November 2.
Petition to Her Majesty the Queen. After congratulating Her
Majesty on her Jubilee, the Corporation, as "the Municipal Authority
of the Borough of Cardiff, the largest town and chief port and the
metropolis of the Principality of Wales," pray that the Queen may be
graciously pleased to direct Letters Patent or a Royal Charter to be
issued and granted to the Corporation, according to the Mayor for the
time being of Her Majesty's Royal Borough of Cardiff the right, title
and dignity of "the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the Borough