Minutes of Council (continued). 1794–1817.
Thick folio volume bound in rough calf, only quarter filled.
At a Court of Bailiffs Aldermen and Assistants
holden for the Town of Cardiff aforesaid at the
Guildhall of the said Town on Monday the 5th Day of May 1794
duly summoned and Assembled to proceed on the Public business of
the said Town.
Whereas at a Meeting of the Bailiffs Aldermen and Capital
Burgesses held at the Guildhall of the said Town on the 28th Day of
January 1785 Mr William Prichard proposed taking a building Lease
of all that ruinous House lying near the Quay lately held by Mr
Lambert by Lease for the term of Forty two years at the yearly rent
of One pound, he the said William Prichard having the benefit of all
the materials there, for any building that might be erected thereon
And Whereas the said William Prichard having had the assent of
the said Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses did in conjunction with
John Blannin of Cardiff Gentleman lay out a considerable Sum of
Money in rebuilding the said House and hath since become Bankrupt
And his Estate and effects Assigned over to the said John Blannin,
Thomas Wigan of Bristol and Henry Charles of Cardiff aforesaid
And Whereas the said John Blannin hath purchased of the said
Assignees the interest of the said William Prichard in the said
premises and hath this Day applied to the Bailiffs Aldermen and
Assistants to grant to him a Lease of the said premises in conformity
to the said proposal of the said William Prichard of the 28t Jany
1785 It is Ordered that a Lease thereof be granted the said John
Blannin accordingly and that the Bailiffs cause the Town Seal to be
[Henry Hollier, esq., to be granted a Lease of " the Waste Ground
Mr Hollier proposes on behalf of the Earl of Bute taking a Lease
of that Spot piece or parcel of Ground adjoining the new turnpike
road on the North, the Water running from the old copper Mills on
the West, the Walls belonging to the Cardiff Arms Inn on the East,
& the Waste Ground of the sd Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses on
the South extending from North to South about Thirty Yards and
from East to West about Twenty Yards at the Yearly rent of five
shillings for the term of Ninety Nine years. [Granted 17 December
Monday the 29th day of September 1794.
Francis Minnitt and Bloom Williams Esqrs were
both sworn (in the Castle of Cardiff) into the Office of Bailiffs of the
said Town of Cardiff by John Richards Esquire Constable of the
Castle of Cardiff.
The same Day and at the same place Thomas Lewis and
Thomas Stibbs were sworn into the Office of Serjeants at Mace
of the said Town by John Richards Esqr Constable of the
1794 Decr 17 Wednesday. Hugh Whiteing, gentn, and James
Capper, esqe, were elected Aldermen vice Francis Minnitt and
Thomas Edwards, deceased, and sworn before the Constable of the
On the same day, before the said Constable, the said James
Capper was sworn Bailiff in the room of Francis Minnitt
1795 August 27 Thursday. William Nicholls, of the Middle
Temple, esqre, was admitted and sworn a Burgess or Freeman; and
was afterwards sworn into the office of Steward, in the room of Sir
Herbert Mackworth, barBar[one]t, deceased, by Bloom Williams and James
Capper, esqres, Bailiffs.
September 24 Thursday. Edward Bird, of Cardiff, tinman, was
admitted and sworn a Burgess or Freeman, by the Bailiffs, "In Open
Court at the Court of our Lord the King."
1795 September 29 Tuesday. Samuel Sabine and Henry
Hollier were both sworn (in the Castle of Cardiff) into the office
of Bailiffs of the said Town, by John Richards, esqe, Constable
of the Castle. And William Bew and William Evans were sworn
Serjeants at Mace by the said Constable.
1796 February 25 Thursday. William Priest and Richard
Priest, of Cardiff, gentlemen, were severally admitted and sworn
Burgesses or Freemen.
July 14. James Williams, of Cardiff, gentn, the like.
Septr 8. David Edwards, of Cardiff, surgeon, the like.
29. Bloom Williams and James Capper sworn Bailiffs in the
same manner as before; and Thomas Charles and William Westmacut,
Serjeants at Mace.
1797 August 15 Tuesday. At a Court of Bailiffs Aldermen
and Assistants holden for the Town of Cardiff aforesaid at the
Guildhall of the said Town, duly summoned and assembled to
proceed on the public business of the said Town.
Ordered that the Town Clerk be requested to write to Mr
Hill of Bristol, for [blank] feet of Lead for the purpose of covering
the Roof of the Guild hall of the said Town to be sent pr return of
Boat and that he inform Mr Hill that the Old Lead will be sent to him
which he is expected to take at the Market price.
21. Ordered that the Commons Attornies contract with Mr
Edward Bird, plumber, to cover the roof of the Guildhall, provided
he compleat the whole before Session.
1797 Augt 24. Richard Williams, of Maendy in the parish of
Llantrisant, farmer, admitted Burgess or Freeman.
Septr 22 Friday. Ordered that Notice be given to the several
Persons hereunder named to quit their respective holdings at the
expiration of the present Year:—
Thomas Jones, house in High Street.
Henry Lewis, clerk, fields near the Dobbin Pits.
Jacob Jenkin, house on the Little Heath.
John Evans, the tolls.
Edward Rowland, the Rose and Crown.
Lionel Stibbs, the Weigh House.
Ricket Willet, shop under the Hall steps.
"John Richards Esqr Constable of the Castle having proposed to
remove the present Market House the same being very inconvenient
& in a ruinous state, & towards the expence of such removal hath
agreed to give a certain Messuage or Tenement in the possession of
Thomas Leyson situate in the Middle Row near the East Gate to be
sold & the Money arising by such Sale to be laid out in building
a New Market House in such place as shall hereafter be determined
upon It is Ordered that such proposal be accepted of."
Thomas Morgan, glazier, and Thomas Stibbs, cordwainer, both
of Cardiff, sworn Assistants or Capital Burgesses, by the Bailiffs.
29. Henry Hollier and John Hussey were sworn Bailiffs in
the Castle by the Constable, and Richard Price and Edward Bird
Serjeants at Mace.
1797 October 31 Tuesday. "Ordered that the Commons
Attornies pay the Town Clerk the Sum of Sixty four pounds being
the Ballance of his Bill for Attending Parliament on the Glamorganshire Canal Bill on behalf of the Corporation."
1798 September 28 Friday. Charles Williams, of Cardiff,
currier, sworn Assistant or Capital Burgess; Thomas Thomas was
elected an Alderman vice Thomas Sweet, deceased; and Richard Price
Assistant or Capital Burgess.
"Henry Hollier Esquire this Day, on behalf of The Marquess of
Bute, proposes taking a Lease of the Messuage or Dwelling House
with its appurtenances in the Occupation of Arthur Tanner, the
Ditch & old Town Wall extending from the North Gate to the
East Gate, the Waste by the side of the Pound to the Canal
Bridge on both sides the Road, the Cottage and Field now in the
Occupation of Mrs Minnitt her Undertenants or Assigns, the Cottage
& Field in the occupation of Jacob Jenkins, and the Field & Waste
occupied by Henry Lewis Clerk his Undertenants or Assigns, at
the Rent hereafter to be fixed by a Surveyor on behalf of the
29. Bloom Williams and James Capper sworn Bailiffs by the
Constable in the Castle. Lionel Stibbs and John Owen sworn
Serjeants at Mace.
The Minutes about this time are extremely meagre, there being generally but one
or two Council Meetings a year, at which only a couple of Minutes were passed.
1799 Septr 29. William Prichard and Henry Hollier sworn
Bailiffs before the Constable in the Castle. Edward Thomas and
William Jenkins, Serjeants at Mace.
"Inspected. Jas Jones. 14th Octr 1799."
These appointments are the only entries for the current year.
1800 Septr 29. Bloom Williams and John Hussey sworn
Bailiffs before the Constable in the Castle. William Stibbs and
William John, Serjeants at Mace.
Novr 5. "This Court having taken into Consideration the
proposed inclosure of the Great and Little Heaths and conceiving it
will be for the benefit of the Corporation that the same should be
carried into Execution do hereby appoint John Richards Esqr Constable of the Castle Bloom Williams and John Hussey Esqrs Bailiffs
and John Wood Gentn Town Clerk to be a Committee for the purposes aforesaid and to treat with such persons as shall be necessary
and to do all such Acts as shall be useful for obtaining a proper
proportion of the said Heaths for the Use of the said Corporation
and do hereby Authorize the said Town Clerk to take such steps as
he shall deem necessary for obtaining an Act for the purposes aforesaid And we do hereby agree to approve of and ratify such Terms
or Agreements as they shall obtain or agree to on behalf of the said
Corporation and do hereby direct the said Town Clerk to affix our
Common Seal hereto.
1801 February 14 Saturday. "The Town Clerk having
produced a Petition to the Honorable the House of Commons for
leave to bring in a Bill to inclose the Great and little Heaths and
the same being approved of, Ordered that the Common Seal be
affixed thereto, and that the Right Honorable Lord Evelyn Stuart
our Member be requested to present the same."
Septr 3. Thursday. John Wood junior, gentleman, and Thomas
Jones, cordwainer, both of Cardiff, sworn Burgesses or Freemen.
29th Tuesday. Henry Hollier and Hugh Whiting sworn Bailiffs
in like manner as before; and Thomas Jones and John Evans
Serjeants at Mace.
The Constables for the East Ward sworn on this occasion were
John Turberville and William Rugg.
N.B.—From this point on not every admission of a Burgess will be noted here.
1802 September 1. "At a Court of Common Council duly
summoned assembled and held for the said Town in the Council
Chamber of the said Town We whose Names are hereunto subscribed
being the Majority then and there present Do Disfranchise oust and
remove John Wood the Elder an Assistant or Capital Burgess of
this Town of and from his said Office of Assistant or Capital
Burgess and Burgess of the said Town and do hereby make null
and void his title and Claim to the said Offices and to each and
every of them, the said John Wood also consenting thereto."
[11 signatures, including J. Wood.]
Next follow similar forms of disfranchisement of William
Prichard, Alderman and Burgess; John Bird senior, Burgess;
William Evans, victualler, Burgess; William Morgan, Burgess;
John Purcel, Burgess.
29th Wednesday. Bloom Williams and Thomas Thomas sworn
Bailiffs, and John Purcel and Thomas John, Serjeants at Mace, in
like manner as before.
"Cardiff Town to wit. On Thursday the 30th day of September
1802 In Open Court at the Court of our Sovereign Lord the King
held for the said Town William Morgan of the said Town Porter
of the Castle of Cardiff, John Purcell of the said Town Cordwainer
John Wood the Elder of the said Town Gentleman John Bird the
Elder of the said Town Cordwainer William Evans of the said Town
Victualler and John Davies of the said Town Carpenter were
severally admitted and sworn Burgesses of the said Town before
Bloom Williams and Thomas Thomas Esquires Bailiffs of the said
November 11. William Prichard senior, of Cardiff, gentleman,
admitted and sworn a Burgess.
"Cardiff Town to wit. At a Court of Bailiffs Aldermen and
Assistants of the said Town held at the Guildhall of the said Town
on Saturday the 20th Day of November 1802 duly summoned and
Assembled to proceed on the Public business of the said Town.
"The Inhabitants of the Parish of Saint Marys having applied for
leave, at their own expence to take down the South Gate, and part of
the Town Wall for the purpose of making a New and convenient
Road thro' the same, and they undertaking to build a Quoin on the
East side, and to make good the end of the old Wall from whence the
Gate is taken, for the benefit of the Corporation: Ordered that they
be permitted so to do."
William Prichard senior is re-elected Assistant or Capital
Burgess, in the vacancy created by his own resignation.
"Cardiff Town to wit. On Tuesday the 28th day of December
One Thousand Eight Hundred and two. Powell Edwards Clerk the
Elder Alderman of the said Town was sworn in a Justice of the Peace
for the said Town before John Richards Esq. Constable of the Castle
On the same day and year Henry Hollier Esqr was Sworn in
Bailiff of the said Town in the room of Bloom Williams Esq: dece'd
by the same John Richards Esqr Constable of the Castle of Cardiff."
1803 March 12. "Resolved that the Town Clerk do prepare
an Address to his Majesty from the said Town and its Contributory
Boroughs on the timely discovery of the Wicked & traitorous designs
against his Majestys Person and forthwith proceed to get the same
signed by the sev1 Bailiffs Portreeves and Burgesses of the said
Boroughs and request our Member to present the same."
May 18. William Richards, of Cardiff, gentleman, sworn Assistant or Capital Burgess.
"Whereas the Most Honorable the Marquess of Bute hath
applied to the Bailiffs Aldermen and Capital Burgesses to repay him
the Sum of Four Hundred and fifty two pounds thirteen shillings and
Nine pence advanced and lent by him on the 22d Day of July 1789
together with Interest thereon amounting in the whole to the Sum of
Seven hundred and fifty pounds and upwards which the said Bailiffs
Aldermen and Capital Burgesses are unable to do without a sale of
part of their Estates It is proposed that Mr Brown Surveyor mark
out such part of the Great Heath as hath lately been allotted to the
sd Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses under an Act of Parliament for
enclosing the Great and Little Heaths as he shall think most advisable
and shall be sufficient for the payment thereof, and It is Ordered that
the same be forthwith sold either by private contract or public auction
as the said Bailiffs Aldermen and Capital Burgesses shall think proper
and that as soon as the Money arising by the sale of such Lands shall
be received that the said Sum of £750 & upwards be forthwith paid
the said Marquess of Bute.
"Mr Wood the Town Clerk having been instrumental and indefatigable in procuring the said Inclosure Act and the Allotments made
the said Bailiffs Aldermen and Capital Burgesses thereunder and
having applied and proposed the purchase of a Cottage and two small
ffields called Cae-pwdur and Cuthroat now held by him by Lease under
the said Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses and also Twelve acres and
thirty Perches of Land part of such allotment and now in the
Occupation of the said John Wood situate on the little Heath and
Mr Brown the Surveyor having valued the same on behalf of the said
Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses at the sum of One Hundred and
Ninety eight pounds which the said John Wood hath agreed to give
for the same: Ordered that a Conveyance be made to the said
John Wood on payment of the said Sum of £198, in ffee, and that
the Corporation Seal be affixed thereto."
John Wood senior elected Assistant or Capital Burgess, on his
own resignation of that office.
The Lease which on 5 May 1794 was to have been granted
William Prichard, and which was ordered to be granted to John
Blannin, is now granted to William Taitt, of Cardiff, esquire.
"Ordered that Mr Brown take an Actual Survey and Map and
Value the Lands on both Heaths allotted the Corporation under the
Inclosure Act and that when the same is so compleated that the
Town Clerk advertise and sell the same by Auction together or
seperate and that the Monies arising by such Sale be invested on
Government Securities for the benefit of the said Bailiffs Aldermen
and Capital Burgesses in their Corporate Capacity.
"A Plan and Estimate for making a Market House under
the Town Hall having been produced by John Davies Carpenter
(Elevation) It is approved of and the Estimate of £210: Ordered
that the Bailiffs contract with the said John Davies for making the
same and that the Town Clerk prepare a contract accordingly.
"Ordered that the Old Market House be sold by Auction by
the Bailiffs when they shall think proper."
William Prichard senior is re-elected an Alderman, after his
resignation and disfranchisement.
Septr 15. Thursday. Nathaniel French, tailor, John Thackwell,
watchmaker, and Stephen Todd, mariner, all of Cardiff, were
severally admitted and sworn Burgesses.
1803 September 23. The Most Honorable the Marquess of
Bute, on his own behalf and also on behalf of the Right Honorable the
Earl of Dumfries, having applied to the Corporation to exchange
certain Houses and Lands as herein after particularly mentioned,
previous to their sale, and the same having been viewed and appraised
by Thomas Brown of Luton Esqre on behalf of the Marquess of Bute,
and by Mr Thomas Morgan on behalf of the Corporation: Ordered
that the said Marquess of Bute and Earl of Dumfries be accordingly
accommodated, and that the Town Clerk prepare the necessary Deeds
of Exchange and affix the Corporation Seal thereto.
Corporation agree to give Lord Bute
|Waste near Cardiff Arms, valued at
|2 Houses in North Gate, 13 & 112.
|Waste before Cathays &c.
|2 ffields near Cathays
|Waste behind Cathays &c.
|Lands at Cross Buchan &c.
|Waste by Mile Stone &c.
|Town Ditch in White ffryars
Lord But agrees to give the Corporation
|Spring Garden & field
|Spital House & field
|2 Houses in Middle Row
|Allottment on Little Heath
|Old Ruins in Smith Street
Corporation agree to give Lord Bute and Lord
|Waste near Old Mill
|3 Houses out of West Gate
|Waste near the Castle Mount
Lord Bute and Lord Dumfries agree to give the
|2 ffields let to Bradley
|Allotment Gallows Field
The Corporation agreed to exchange with Mr Wood, receiving
from him certain lands he had purchased on the Great Heath under
the Inclosure Act, and conveying to him lands on the Little Heath
called their first allotment. The lands so received in exchange from
Mr Wood were ordered to be sold by the Corporation to Colonel
1803 September 28. Mr Hollier received a conveyance of
" Spring Garden & Field, Spital House and ffield and the Old Ruin
in Smith Street."
1803 Septr 29. John Wood the elder, Thomas Morgan, glazier,
and Henry Williams, mercer, were severally sworn Aldermen before
John Richards, esquire, Constable of the Castle.
On the same day James Capper and William Prichard were both
sworn Bailiffs in the Castle by the said Constable.
1804 Septr 29. Henry Hollier and Thomas Morgan sworn
Bailiffs as above.
1805 March 14 Thursday. In Open Court, &c. Thomas
Dalton, victualler, was admitted and sworn a Freeman.
Inspected by Wm Ody.
1805 Sepr 30 Monday (Michaelmas Day being on Sunday).
James Capper and Thomas Thomas were sworn Bailiffs, and John
Purcel and William Owen Serjeants at Mace, as above.
1806 April 22 Thursday. Thomas Morgan alderman was sworn
in Bailiff by the Constable in the Castle, in the room of Thomas
June 19. Thursday. Frederick Wood, of Cardiff, Lieutenant,
11th Light Dragoons, and the Revd Cradock Nowell, of Lanvigan in
the county of Brecon, were admitted and sworn Freemen.
1806 Septr 25 Thursday. Thomas New, esquire, Captain in his
Majesty's Royal Navy, and William Morgan, of Cardiff, gentleman,
were admitted and sworn Freemen.
29th Henry Hollier and Henry Williams were sworn Bailiffs.
1807 Septr 24 Thursday. Robert Savours, of Cowbridge,
gentleman, was admitted and sworn a Freeman.
29th James Capper and Thomas Morgan were sworn Bailiffs.
1808 January 14 Thursday. Nicholl Wood, of Cardiff, gentleman, admitted and sworn a Freeman.
Septr 29 Thursday. Henry Hollier and William Prichard were
1809 July 1 Saturday. The Church Yard belonging to the
Parish Church of Saint Johns being too small for the use of the
Parish, & the Parishioners having applied to the Corporation to grant
the small piece of Land adjoining the Church Yard, containing about
193 yards: Ordered that the Town Clerk prepare a Conveyance
thereof to the said Parish for the considn of 1s. & annex the
Corporation Seal thereto.
Septr 29 Friday. James Capper and Thomas Morgan sworn
1810 Augt 27 Monday. Whereas for the safety of the
Navigation of the Port of Cardiff it is deemed necessary to lay
two Buoys in the River Taff to the Westward of the Sea Lock:
Ordered that such Buoys be immediately procured as Mr Alderman
Prichard shall direct and that the expence thereof be paid by the
Mr J. Wood took a conveyance of "the remainder of the Heath
Lands" at £12 per acre, reserving thereout the Race Ground.
James Evans, of Landaff, M.A., is appointed Teacher of the Wells
Charity School, by a Court of Aldermen this day held.
Septr 20. Evan David, of Fairwater, farmer, and Thomas
Watkins, of Cardiff, maltster, admitted and sworn Freemen.
Septr 29 Saturday. Henry Hollier and Hugh Whiteing sworn
Novr 1 Thursday. Richard Evans, of Tynypark, Whitchurch,
farmer, admitted and sworn a Freeman.
1811 June 10 Monday. Mr Hollier took a Conveyance of a
part of the Heath Lands near Rhydlydan.
The purchase money of Mr Wood's lands is to be invested in
the purchase of Rumney Bridge and Cardiff Turnpike Deed Polls.
Mr Wood and Mr Hollier took a conveyance of the Race Ground,
subject to the conditions that the same shall be thrown open for three
successive weeks in each year, so long as the races shall continue to
be held, on their having fourteen days notice from the Steward or
Clerk of the Course; and not to plough or break up the same into
Septr 30 Monday. James Capper and Thomas Morgan sworn
Freemen admitted this year:—
Pethuel Whiteing, chandler.
John Winstone, tailor.
Philip Lewis, cordwainer.
Richard Neave Parris, of Longcross House, esqe
Howell Harris, of Treraig in the Parish of Llantrissent, farmer.
William Glascott, sadler.
John Jones, clerk.
James Cowper, of Cathays, clerk.
Thomas Bourne, esqe
Edward Windsor Richards, of Landaff, esqe
John Davies, Comptroller.
William Bowen, yeoman.
Samuel Dimond, baker.
Philip Woolcott, innkeeper.
Evan Leyshon, shoemaker.
Edward David, of Fairwater, farmer.
Edward Lewis, of Cayra, farmer.
1811 Novr 28 Thursday. On consideration of the following
"To the Worshipful the Bailiffs and Corporation of the Borough
The Marquess of Bute having no convenient seat in St John's
Church Cardiff is desirous of obtaining the Isle called the Aldermans
Isle for this purpose, and begs leave to apply to the Corporation for
the indulgence of converting it into such. Should the Corporation
therefore kindly listen to the request, it may remain as heretofore the
place of interment for the Aldermen; whilst the Marquess of Bute
will engage at his own expence to keep up and support in good repair
the above Isle.
Cardiff. 26 November 1811."
The above being read by the Town Clerk: Ordered that he wait
upon the Noble Marquess and inform him the Corporation will affix
their Seal to any licence or demise the Marquess may require.
Mr Thomas Morgan took a lease of "the Cocks Tower & the
Town Walls in the Hayes" for the term of 42 years at 5s. per annum
1812. Freemen admitted:—
Frederick Jones, of Bristol, Attorney at Law.
Richard Jenkins, mercer.
Robert Thomas, yeoman.
John David, smith.
1812 Septr 29. Henry Hollier and William Prichard sworn
1813 Septr 29. James Capper and Thomas Morgan sworn
1814 Septr 29. Henry Hollier and Thomas Morgan sworn
Bailiffs, in the Castle of Cardiff, by John Culbert, Deputy Constable to
John Richards, esquire, Constable of the Castle; who at the same
time and place swore in Evan Leyshon and John Winstone as
Serjeants at Mace.
The form for recording the swearing in of the Ward Constables has no names
Octr 13. Edward Priest Richards, gentleman, admitted and
sworn a Freeman.
Novr 16. The Commons Attorneys were ordered to purchase a
pump of Mr Bramall's construction and erect the same opposite the
County Gaol at the pine end of the houses belonging to the Corporation, held by Mrs Mary Jones; the present pump under the Town
Hall being found inconvenient to the inhabitants.
Ordered that Old Pump now under the Town Hall be presented
by the Corporation to the parishes of St Johns and St Marys to be
by them erected in such part of the Town as they shall think proper.
Whereas some person or persons have enclosed or taken in part
of the Whitmore Lane being the Old Road to the Town of Cardiff,
Ordered that the Commons Attorneys remove such enclosure the same
being also a Nuisance.
1815 January 5 Thursday. Henry Hollier the younger, of
Adams Down, esquire, and John Harris, of Tyclyd, gentleman, were
severally admitted and sworn Freemen.
Inspected by Wm Ody.
June 30 Friday. "The Bailiffs, Aldermen and Burgesses waited
upon the Most Honorable the Marquess of Bute and Dumfries Lord
of the Borough and by their Recorder William Nicholl Esquire
congratulated him on his arrival and first appearance in this Borough
as Lord thereof and were by him most graciously received."
July 20 Thursday. There being a Charity School established
for the Education of the poor Children of this Town and others, and
the Most Noble the Marquess of Bute being appointed the President
and the Bailiffs of this Town for the time being Vice Presidents
thereof; and for the purposes of establishing and supporting the
same and erecting School rooms for that purpose a Subscription has
been entered into, the Corporation taking the same into consideration
have agreed to demise a certain spot or Ruin belonging to the said
Corporation situate in the Town of Cardiff being on the South side
of a lane called Porridge Lane and bounded on the East by a certain
lane leading to the Hayes and on the West by a garden formerly
belonging to Mary Williams spinster and now to Mr Bentley; and
on the North by a certain lane called Hewl y cawl, and on the South
by Knockers Hole and Baker's Row and containing about — for
the term of 42 years at the yearly rent of 6d.; the same to be granted
the President and Vice Presidents for the time being for the use of
the said School. And for aiding and assisting the said subscription
the said Bailiffs Aldermen and Burgesses have agreed to subscribe
the sum of £300 towards the building of the said School rooms,
and the further sum of £20 per annum toward supporting the said
School; to be paid by the Commons Attorneys to such persons and
in the same manner as other subscriptions are paid for the purposes
Augt 31. Nathaniel French the younger, linen draper, admitted
and sworn a Freeman.
Cardiff Town to wit. County of Glamorgan.
On Thursday the 17th Day of August 1815. Nicholl Wood of
the Town of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan Esquire having
produced an instrument under the hand and Seal of the Most Noble
John Marquess of Bute Lord of the Borough bearing date the
eighteenth day of May One thousand eight hundred and fifteen
appointing the said Nicholl Wood Town Clerk of the said Town
of Cardiff so long as he shall well justly and honestly demean
himself in his said Office. He was accordingly Sworn in Town
Clerk of the said Town of Cardiff before Thomas Morgan Esquire
Bailiff of the said Town.
Septr 28 Thursday. Thomas Morgan the younger, gentleman,
and Henry Morgan, scrivener, severally admitted and sworn
29th "John Wood the elder and Thomas Morgan esquires
were [in the Castle of Cardiff (fn. 1) ] both nominated elected and Chosen
according to annual Custom Bailiffs of the said Town of Cardiff.
"The same day and at the same place Nathaniel French the
younger and Henry Morgan were nominated elected and chosen
Serjeants at Mace of the said Town."
This year four Constables were elected to each of the four
Cardiff Town, to wit. On Wednesday the 25th day of October
1815, John Wood the Elder and Thomas Morgan Esquire having
been previously nominated elected and Chosen according to annual
Custom were this day both Sworn (in the Castle of Cardiff) into the
Office of Bailiffs of the said Town of Cardiff by John Richards
Esquire Constable of the Castle.
"The same day and at the same place Nathaniel French the
younger and Henry Morgan having been previously nominated elected
and Chosen were Sworn into the Office of Serjeants at Mace of the
said Town by the said John Richards Esquire Constable of the Castle
of the said Town of Cardiff."
Next follows the usual record of two Constables appointed and
sworn to each Ward, the names being in each case two of the four
chosen as above mentioned.
1816 Feby. 1 Thursday. Joseph Wheeler, architect, and
William Barrett, innkeeper, were admitted and sworn Freemen.
May 10 Friday. "The old Quay in Saint Mary's Parish" was
let to Mr Joseph Davies, for 42 years at five guineas per annum, he
having "laid out a considerable sum of money in making very considerable buildings thereon."
Mr James Parry having incroached on the Town Wall in Saint
Mary's parish by erecting a Chimney on the same: Ordered that the
Town Clerk apply to Mr Parry for a nominal annual rent of 1s. by
way of acknowledgment for such incroachment and in Case of Mr
Parrys refusal that the Town Clerk report the same to this Court.
There being many nuisances committed by persons laying down
various articles on the land belonging to the Corporation on the east
side of the Glamorganshire Canal: Ordered that the Common
Attornies do immediately give notice to the several persons trespassing to remove the several nuisances and that they do erect a
Wall of the height of four feet on the boundary between the lands
belonging to the Corporation and the Canal.
Mr Thomas Charles was granted a lease of "that part of the
Corporation land which is between his field & the Canal & the piece
up to the Old Lime Kiln," for 42 years at two guineas per annum.
Ordered that the ancient [Pump (fn. 2) ] Well in Crockherbtown be
opened and that the Commons Attorneys be directed to erect a
suitable Pump there forthwith.
Ordered that the Town Clerk apply to Colonel Capper for
payment of the purchase money & interest for the land he was to
have had of the Corporation or that he give up possession of the
Land to the Corporation forthwith.
The Parishioners having applied to this Meeting thro' the
medium of the Town Clerk to reopen the ancient Well near the
Town Hall: Ordered that the Commons Attorneys be directed
to open the same under the Town Hall Eastern Stair Case.
1816 June 6 Thursday.
The Town Clerk having reported to this Court that the address
ordered at the last Court to be presented to His Royal Highness the
Prince Regent upon the late Marriage of the Princess Charlotte had
been drawn up and approved of and signed by the several members
of the Contributory Boroughs and that the Member for the Borough
was out of the Kingdom for the benefit of his health and was prevented
attending to present the same: Resolved that the Honorable Mr
Stuart be requested to present the same in the absence of the
It appearing to this Court that the address to her Majesty &
congratulations to the Princess Charlotte & Prince Leopold were in
the Opinion of our Steward William Nicholl Esqr unnecessary the
object being contained in the above-mentioned address: Ordered that
the Order of the last Court so far as related to the same be
Septr 26 Thursday. William Jenkins, scrivener, was admitted
and sworn a Freeman.
Septr 29 Sunday. Edward Thomas and John Wood junior were
nominated, elected and chosen Bailiffs "according to Annual Custom."
Serjeants at Mace the like.
Four Constables were again chosen for each Ward.
Next day Bailiff Wood and the Serjeants were sworn in before
the Constable at the Castle, as also were an Alderman and a Capital
" The same day Thomas Charles Gentleman was sworn in
Alderman of the said Town before John Richards Esquire Constable
of the Castle of the said Town.
"Nicholl Wood Gentleman was also Sworn in an Assistant or
Capital Burgess of the said Town before John Richards Esquire
Constable of the Castle of the said Town."
Bailiff Thomas was similarly sworn on 1 October, on which day
two Constables were sworn for each Ward.
Further Admissions of Freemen or Burgesses.
Nicholas Hook, mariner. October 10 Thursday.
William Prichard, maltster. Nov. 21 Thursday.
Peter Taylor Walker, of Great Portland Street in the county of
Middlesex, esq. Next day he was made an Assistant or
Capital Burgess (12 Decr) in the room of Philip Woolcott
who was then disfranchised by consent; and Alderman in
the room of James Capper, esq., who had removed to some
place unknown and was therefore disfranchised. Mr Walker
was sworn, both as Assistant and Alderman, before the
Constable of Cardiff Castle.
Afterwards, on the same day, Mr Woolcott was again elected an
Assistant or Capital Burgess, and sworn before the Constable of the
At the same time Ordered that the Town Clerk take the
necessary Steps to recover the possession of the Corporation lands
late in the Occupation of James Capper, esquire.
Resolved that the Corporation subscribe the sum of Twenty
Guineas to the Society for the relief of the labouring Classes of
the Poor within this Town.
1817 Feby. 20 Thursday. The Town Clerk having received a
letter from Mr Bailiff Wood (who is in attendance for the Corporation
on the Sworn exemption Bill) recommending the Corporation to
Subscribe the Sum of One Hundred Pounds towards the fund for
promoting the objects of the Bill now before Parliament which if
obtained will materially benefit this Town: Resolved that the
Corporation Subscribe £100 accordingly.
At a Court of Bailiffs Aldermen and Assistants of
the said Town holden at the Guildhall of the said
Town on Wednesday the 18th day of June 1817 duly summoned and
assembled to proceed upon the business of the said Town
Having received an instrument bearing date the 11th day of
June 1817 under the Hand and Seal of the Most Honorable John
Chrichton Stuart Marquis of Bute and Earl of Dumfries, Lord of
the Borough of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan appointing Peter
Taylor Walker of Great Portland Street in the County of Middlesex
Esqe Constable of the Castle of Cardiff, the said Peter Taylor Walker
was accordingly sworn into the said office on this day before us
"Ordered that a piece of plate of the value of One Hundred
Guineas with a suitable inscription be presented to John Richards
Esqre the late Constable as a mark of the very high esteem and
respect in which he is held by the Marquess of Bute and by this
Corporation and of the sense they have of his constant attention to
the interests of the Corporation during a period of twenty five years
in which he has filled the Situation of Constable of the Castle One
Half of the amount thereof being defrayed by his Lordship & the
other Half by the Corporation & that the present Constable of the
Castle be requested to procure the same."
The Corporation with great trouble regained possession of the
house formerly in the occupation of Mrs Jones of the Longcross.
It was ordered to be pulled down.
June 18. Mr John Richards, late Constable of the Castle, was
elected Alderman in the room of Peter Taylor Walker, lately
appointed such Constable. (Mr. Richards appears to have declined,
and Thomas Morgan was elected instead.)
July 2 Wednesday. Several Aldermen elected at a previous
Meeting now resigned, on it appearing that, owing to there not having
been a majority of the then Aldermen present at such previous
Meeting, the elections were invalid. They were therefore re-elected
and appointed in due form.
Ordered that Messrs. French & Jones be directed by the Common
Attorney to provide gowns for the Several Members of the Corporation suitable to their respective ranks.
Mr Bailiff Wood having desired that the accounts of his late
father and his own should be settled by the Corporation, after being
inspected by professional accountants, it was ordered that the sum
found to be due to him should be paid out of the first moneys that
should come to the hands of the Common Attorney.
1817 Septr 22 Monday. Messrs. French having produced their
Bills for the Corporation Gowns agreeably to Order amounting to the
Sum of Two Hundred and fifty Six pounds twelve shillings: Ordered
that the Common Attorney pay Mr French the same by assigning to
him Rumney Deed Polls to the amount of Two Hundred and fifty
Pounds and the remaining Sum in Cash.
Ordered that the Town Clerk procure translations of the Several
Charters of this Town & also a Copy & translation of the Charter of
King James the Second and that the Town Clerk have the Several
translations copied in a book for the inspection & use of the Common
Counsel & that the Common Attorney be directed to pay the Town
Clerk for the Same.
The Subscribers of the Charity School having abandoned their
original rules and institutions and removed the Bailiffs as Vice
Presidents: Ordered that the Subscription of the Corporation be
withdrawn and that the donation be also withheld.
Ordered that the Corporation Subscribe the additional Sum of
ten Guineas for a Town Plate at the ensuing Cardiff Races.
Septr 29 Monday. William Prichard and Thomas Charles were
sworn Bailiffs at the Castle by the Constable, together with the two
Serjeants at Mace.
Octr 4. Edward Priest Richards chosen Assistant or Capital
Burgess, in the room of Thomas Stibbs resigned.
9th Thursday. The two Constables selected for each Ward
were sworn in Open Court. (This circumstance had not been
mentioned in previous records.)