Cardiff Corporation Minute Book. 1833–1835.
1833 Septr 27 Friday. To fill vacancies caused by the deaths
of Joseph Wheeler, Thomas Bourne and Francis Minnitt, the following
were made Assistants and Capital Burgesses, namely, John Mathews
Richards of Plas Newydd, esquire; Thomas Revell Guest, esquire;
and John James Watkins, esquire.
Mr Edward Thomas, Collector of Harbour Dues, having
reported to this Meeting that Mr William Pritchard, the owner of
several vessels trading to this Port, had refused the payment of
harbour dues on two of his vessels, and that Timothy Thomas had
also refused payment of harbour dues for a vessel belonging to him:
Ordered, that Mr Edward Thomas be directed to take such steps as
he shall be advised by Mr Richards, the Solicitor of this Corporation,
who is authorized by the Corporation for the recovery of such
An application having been made for a subscription to the
Eisteddfod or Musical Festival proposed to be holden in this Town in
the Autumn of 1834: Ordered, that £25 be allowed for such
Vote of thanks to Mr Kemeys-Tynte for taking down the front
of his house in Church Street to improve the thoroughfare.
Vote of thanks to Lord Bute for allowing the north-east corner of
Duke Street to be widened.
The Bailiffs stated to this Meeting that a letter had been
received from James Booth and Charles Austin, esquires, two of the
Commissioners for inquiring into the state of Municipal Corporations,
stating that they would attend at Cardiff on Saturday next for the
purpose of inquiring into the state of the Corporation of this
Cardiff Town to Wit
At the Guildhall of the said Town on Saturday the
28th day of September, being the day next before the
Feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel in the year of our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and thirty three, Whitlock Nicholl,
John Bird, Edward Bird and John Bradley, esquires, were nominated,
elected and chosen according to the custom of the said Town by
the Bailiffs, Aldermen and Burgesses of the said Town or the major
part of them, in order that the Constable of the Castle of the said
Town of Cardiff or his sufficient Deputy might swear any two into
the place or office of Bailiffs of the said Town for the ensuing
At the same time and place the several persons hereunder named
were likewise nominated, elected and chosen for the several offices
hereunder mentioned, that is to say:
[Serjeants at Mace 4.
Ale Tasters 2.
Common Attorneys 4.
Water Bailiffs 2.
Ward Constables 24, 6 to each Ward.
Toll Gatherers, Keepers of the Cross, and Clerks of the
Clerks of the Shambles Markets 4.
Toll Gatherers, and Keepers of the Cattle Markets and Fairs 4.]
(The persons nominated in the three last cases are the same
To the Constable of the Castle of Cardiff or his Deputy.
We Thomas Charles and John Homfray, esquires, Bailiffs of the
said Town of Cardiff, do hereby Certify that the several persons above
named were this day nominated, elected and chosen for the respective offices above mentioned; and we do make this Return to you
accordingly. Witness our hands this twenty eighth day of
Cardiff Town to Wit
At the Castle [of] Cardiff, the thirtieth day of September 1833.
Richard Morgan of Landough Castle in the county of Glamorgan,
esquire, (having produced an Instrument under the hand and seal of
the Most Honorable John Crichton Stuart, Marquis of Bute and Earl
of Dumfries, Baron Cardiff of Cardiff Castle, Lord of the Borough of
Cardiff, bearing date the twenty first day of September instant,
appointing the said Richard Morgan Constable of the Castle of
Cardiff aforesaid) this day took and subscribed the Declaration
required to be taken under the Act of 9 George 3., c. 17. on his
qualification to the said office of Constable of the Castle of Cardiff
aforesaid, and the oaths of office and allegiance and supremacy were
also administered to him by the Bailiffs of the said Town.
Cardiff Town to Wit
Be it remembered that on Monday the thirtieth day of
September 1833, at the Castle [of] Cardiff, John Bird
and Whitlock Nicholl, esquires, two of the Aldermen of the said town,
were then sworn into the office of Bailiffs of the said town for the
ensuing year, before Richard Morgan, esquire, Constable of the Castle,
in the room of Thomas Charles and John Homfray, esquires, late
Bailiffs of the said Town; and the said John Bird and Whitlock Nicholl
also took and subscribed the Declaration required to be taken under
the 9th George 4., c. 17.
At the same time and place Nicholas Hook and John Williams
were sworn into the office of Serjeants at Mace, and subscribed the
October 3 Thursday. Three Constables sworn to each of the
four Wards, and four Deputy Constables.
Decr 16 Monday. Mr Thomas Revel Guest having applied to
this Meeting to purchase the freehold piece of ground in Little Troy
(held by him under the Corporation at the yearly rent of twenty
shillings):Ordered, that the same be sold to him for £25.
An Action in the Court of Exchequer having been brought by
Mr Christopher Williams against Evan Evans and David Evans for
taking toll on corn: Ordered, that Mr Richards be directed to
defend such Action and to obtain Counsel's Opinion as to the legallity
of the seizure.
1834 March 10 Monday. Ten guineas paid to the Rev. Elliot
Graham, Curate of Cardiff, for the winter evening lectures preached
in Cardiff church.
Ordered, that the Bailiffs be authorized to allow the sum of
twenty pounds towards the repair of the organ in the church of
The Bailiffs laid before this Meeting a letter received by them
from I[lltyd] Nicholl, esq., M.P., respecting the proposed removal of
the Assizes and enclosing a letter received by him from the Lord
Lieutenant on the subject: Ordered, that the Bailiffs and Messrs.
Charles, Guest and Williams be appointed a Committee to take
measures to prevent such removal, at the expence of the Corporation,
if on consideration it appear expedient for them to do so.
Mr Richards read to this Meeting the Opinion of Serjeant
Talfourd respecting the right of the Corporation to the tolls of
corn, and stated that in consequence of such Opinion no Plea had
been filed to the Action, it being expedient that the Corporation
should try their right as Plaintiffs and not as Defendants: Ordered,
that the Bailiffs adopt such proceedings and bring such Action or
Actions against any person or persons refusing payment of toll,
as they may deem adviseable to bring the question to issue as early
Septr 29 Monday. Thomas Charles and John Homfray were
sworn Bailiffs by the Constable at the Castle, together with the
Serjeants at Mace. Memorandum as last year.
[All the other officials were chosen, and the Constable of the
Castle was notified of the elections, as last year; but there is no
record of the appointments and swearing of the minor officers.
N.B.— The entries of this date are misplaced in the original
Octr. 16 Thursday. Three Constables sworn to each of the
30 Thursday. Major Mackworth, on behalf of his father, Sir
Digby Mackworth, conveyed to the Corporation (for the purposes
of the new Market) a house and garden in Saint Mary's Street,
in exchange for two houses and yards and certain cottages— situation
not mentioned. Sir Digby received a vote of thanks "for the very
handsome and liberal manner in which he has met the wishes of
the Corporation in respect to the exchange."
Ordered, that the undermentioned hereditaments be sold at the
Town Hall by public auction, to meet the expence of the erection
of the new Market:—
Land on the Little Heath, in tenure of the Marquess of
Bute at £91.
Piece of land at Black Weir, in tenure of Lord Bute at £3.
Lands on the Great Heath, in tenure of Lord Bute at
£52. 11. 7 (including proportion of Race Course.)
Lands on the Great Heath, in tenure of Lord Bute at £16
(including those in occupation of L. Rosser and proportion of Race Course.)
4 cottages and garden at Black Weir, in tenure of Lord Bute at £4.
Land at Golate, in tenure of J. M. Richards, esq., at 2s. 6d.
Piece of land and a bakehouse near the Boring Mill, in
tenure of E. P. Richards, esq., at 10s. 6d.
2 houses and 2 gardens in Barry Lane, in tenure of Thomas Charles, esq., at 4s.
House, barn &c. at Black Weir, in tenure of Catherine Butler at £11. 5s.
Old Boring Mill, in tenure of Anthony Alsop at £4.
Piece of land at the Spittle, in tenure of George Bourne, esq., at 6 guineas.
3 lots at Spring Gardens, in tenure of George Bourne, esq., at £15.
1 lot at Spring Gardens, in tenure of Abigail Dimond at £5.
Spittle House &c., in tenure of David Lewis at £28.
2 wharves on the Town Wall, in tenure of Thomas Powel at £9.
1 wharf on the Town Wall, in tenure of Walter Coffin, esq., at £4.
Part of the Town Wall, in tenure of C. C. Williams, esq., at 2s. 6d.
Other part of the Town Wall, in tenure of the same at £1. 15s.
Several cottages near the Old Quay, in tenure of David Evans at £40.
The Town Wall, in lots.
Ordered, that a donation of £100 be given towards the erection
of the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Infirmary.
Common Attorneys to pay £40 to Mr William Jenkins, Deputy
Town Clerk, on account of his Bill of Costs; and £113. 8. 5 to
Mr Richards, in full of his Bill of Costs.
Robert Dew, esq., appointed Collector of Harbour Dues in the
room of Edward Thomas deceased. He is to be allowed £10 per
cent. on the receipts.
Novr 13 Thursday. David Evans, John Thomas, Evan Evans,
John Salvidge, John Richards, Thomas Francis and William Fivefoot,
yeoman, were sworn Deputy Constables, each in the room of one of
the Ward Constables elected.
Decr 22 Monday. Thomas Revel Guest, esq., advanced to the
Corporation £700 towards the new Market.
1835 May 21 Thursday. Corporation Seal ordered to be
affixed to the settled Copy of the "Bill for Removing the Markets
held in the Town of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan and for
Providing other Market Places in lieu thereof."
Augt 31 Monday. Mr Brindley, tenant of the house and land
in Saint Mary Street purchased of Sir Digby Mackworth, took over
from Mr Edward Bird a lease (under the Honorable Robert Clive) of
the adjoining house and garden.
Thomas Steele, tenant of the Blue Anchor public house in Saint
Mary Street, adjoining the new Market, was paid £20 in compensation for the building up of three windows which opened onto the
premises latelty obtained from Sir Digby Mackworth.
A gutter was made between the Cross Bakehouse and the
entrance to the new Market.
Mr Dalton was allowed to purchase of the Corporation, for £20,
a strip of ground between his garden and the Canal, being part of the
It being considered as a very great improvement to the Town
that the premises called Little Troy should be added to the churchyard: Ordered, that the same be given the Churchwardens for such
purpose, on their making such entrances into the churchyard as may
be agreed upon between them and the Corporation.
The Trustees of Wells' Charity advanced to the Corporation £300
at 5 per cent., on bond. And the Sympathetic Society advanced to
them £4000 on Mortgage at 4½ per cent., for the erection of gas pipes
in the Market, and other kindred purposes.
Septr 28 Monday. John and William Rowe took a lease of part
of the Town Wall adjoining their premises in the Hayes, for 99 years,
at the rate of one shilling per foot.
New scales and weights were purchased for the Market.
Mr E. P. Richards purchased from the Corporation a piece of
land near the Old Boring Mill for £13. 2. 6.
Octr 26 Monday. The Cross Bakehouse was purchased of
William Higgon for £220.
Philip Thomas agreed to light the Market with gas, for £220.
Ordered, that part of the Corporation property be sold, instead
of borrowing money on Mortgage, for the completion of the new
Mr Charles Crofts Williams took a Lease of the Cock's Tower
and part of the Town Wall adjoining his property in the Hayes, for
999 years, at 1s. per foot.
Novr 9 Monday. Mr E. P. Richards purchased from the Corporation, for £1188. 2. 6, the following properties:—
Brewhouse and yard in occupation of Mr Alsop.
House, stable, cottage, coachhouse and garden [at Crockherbtown] in the occupation of Mrs Vaughan.
Cottage, outbuildings and piece of land in the occupation of Mrs Vaughan.
3 house and gardens in Crockherbtown, in the occupation of Mrs Dimond and two others.
12 cottages, wheelwright's shop and garden in Crockherbtown, in the occupation of Thomas Edwards and
Mr C. C. Williams purchased for £40 two cottages and gardens
in Barry Lane in the occupation of William Thomas and another.
Novr 13 Friday. £100 to be given by the Corporation towards
erecting, on the north side of the churchyard, from the tower to
the Vicarage House, iron railings with stone plinths, and a gateway
to correspond with that to be erected by the Parish on the east side;
which latter is to have iron pillars, and a lamp over it. (fn. 1) .
Decr 1 Tuesday. Mr C. C. Williams is to procure a proper bell
for the purposes of the New Market.
Ordered, that the New Market be opened on Saturday the
19th instant, and from thenceforth be held and kept on every day
throughout the year (except Sunday, Good Friday, Christmas Day,
or any other day set apart for a public fast or thanksgiving) for the
sale of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, garden seeds, fruit, cheese,
butter and all other marketable provisions and commodities, goods
wares and merchandize (except corn, grain, flour, malt, seeds for
agricultural purposes, hops and wool); and that the present Market
situate under the Guildhall (to be thenceforth called the Corn Market)
shall be kept and appropriated from thenceforth on Wednesday and
Saturday in every week for the sale of corn, grain, flour, malt, seeds
for agricultural purposes, hops and wool.
Decr 8 Tuesday. The following further properties were sold:—
Half an acre of land at the Black Weir, to the Marquess of
Bute for £55.
4 cottages and gardens at the Black Weir, to Lord Bute for£85.
12 pieces of pasture and arable land containing 49a. or. 16p.,
to C. C. Williams for £1845.
Cottage and coal-yard 225 ft long, adjoining the Canal near
Milkmaid's Bridge, to C. C. Williams for £190.
78 feet of the Town Wall, adjoining the garden purchased
by the Marquess of Bute from Mr Reece, to Lord Bute
at the rate of 1s. per foot.
Piece of land in Working Street, in the occupation of the
Trustees of the Welsh Calvinistic Chapel, to Mr Guest
William Heas Deacon, esq., on behalf of his father, took a Lease
of part of the waste adjoining Longcross; bounded north by the
turnpike road; east by Longcross House, cottage, garden and pigstye; west by a road leading to Adamsdown Farm; and south by
other part of the waste; for 21 years at 2 guineas. A road of 12 ft.,
from the road to Adamsdown to Brinder Lane, was reserved.
Decr 10 Thursday. Arrangements are to be made with Mrs
Rees for pulling down part of her house called the New Market
Tavern in Church Street.
The workmen employed on the New Market are to have £5
given them to drink, before the 19th instant.
22 Tuesday. The Corporation Seal was affixed to the Deed of
Gift of Little Troy to the Vicar and Churchwardens of Cardiff.
The Marquis of Bute took a Lease of a messuage and land in
Lanishen for 21 years at £68. II. 7 rent.
The wine belonging to the Corporation is to be given to the
To the Worshipful the Bailiffs, Aldermen and Capital Burgesses of
the Borough of Cardiff. The Memorial of William Vachell humblysheweth:—
That the Meat Market of Cardiff was formerly held in the
open street where temporary shambles were erected; and that so
ineffectually, that they often fell down, laying the meat in the dirt.
That in the year 1822 your Memorialist built at a great expence
the present convenient shambles, where business has been carried
on satisfactorily to both sellers and buyers up to the present
That by the removal of the said Market your Memorialist will
suffer a loss of great importance to him and his family, amounting
to above £100 annually above the incumbrances.
That the said Market has uniformly been conducted on just and
equitable principles, your Memorialist having never taken the
slightest advantage of the monopoly he possessed; this is amply and
honorably [acknowledged to be] the fact by all the master butchers
in Cardiff, [who] have petitioned for the appointment of your
Memorialist as Clerk of your Market.
Your Memorialist begs further to state that six years ago he
became tenant of the Corporation tolls, at a time when the butchers
had refused to pay them and the Corporation had ceased to collect
them for some months, and by this step he was mainly instrumental
in restoring the customary payments; the consequence was that your
Memorialist has paid the Corporation about £120 which would otherwise in all probability have been withheld.
From the above reasons, and from a persuation that a general
kind feeling exists towards an unfortunate old townsman, your
Memorialist respectfully submits his case to your favorable
Cardiff. 18th Decr 1835.
The sum of £70 was allowed to their Memorialist.
24th Thursday. The bills to be paid by the Corporation are
now for the first time set out in the form of a schedule.
Resolved, that the thanks of the Corporation are due and are
hereby tendered to Charles Crofts Williams, esq., for the constant
attention given by him during the erection of the Market House.
Resolved unanimously, that the best and cordial thanks of the
Corporation be given to Mr Homfray for having fulfilled the arduous
duties of the office of Bailiff for the last fifteen months; and which
have been performed not only with great credit to himself, but has
conferred great benefit to the Town and honor to the Corporation.
[N.B.—Thomas Charles and John Homfray were sworn Bailiffs
at Michaelmas 1834. Mr. Charles alone was present at the Council
Meetings up to 22 December. On 1 May and subsequently, Mr.
Homfray alone attended. Neither Bailiff attended the Meeting of
28 Sept. 1835, nor is there any record of a Bailiff elected then for
the ensuing year. On 26 Oct. 1835 no Bailiff attended; but on
9 Nov. 1835 John Homfray, Bailiff, was present. He continued
to attend the Meetings as sole Bailiff up to 28 Dec. 1835. With
the old year, his office ceased in consequence of the Municipal
Resolved unanimously: That the very cordial thanks of the
Corporation be also given to the Senior Alderman, William Prichard,
esquire, for his unwearied attention on all occasions to the multifarious
duties imposed upon him.
|Cardiff [Town (fn. 2) ] Borough
26th of December 1835.
John Homfray, esq., Bailiff, attended at the Guildhall [in the
sd Borough (fn. 3) ] at 9 o'clock a.m., to receive the Poll for the Election
of Councillors for the North Ward, pursuant to the directions of the
Municipal Corporation Act, and remained there till 4 o'clock when
the Poll closed.
Thomas Dalton, gentleman, having been appointed Deputy by
John Homfray, esq., Bailiff, attended at the Workhouse [in the sd
Borough (fn. 4) ] at 9 o'clock a.m. to receive the Poll for the South Ward
pursuant to the directions of the Municipal Corporation Act, and
remained there till 4 o'clock when the Poll closed.
Deputy Town Clerk.
|At the Guildhall, Cardiff, on Monday the 28th of
December 1835 at twelve o'clock at noon.
John Homfray, esq., Bailiff, published and proclaimed the names
of the following persons as having been duly elected Councillors for
the Borough of Cardiff.
For the North Ward.
1. Richard Reece, High Street, surgeon.72.
2.Richard Wyndham Williams, Crockherbtown, attorney at
3. William Bird, Duke Street, bookseller. 71.
4. David Evans, High Street, draper. 70.
5. John James Watkins, Crockherbtown, gentleman. 69.
6. James Lewis, Crockherbtown, surgeon. 69.
7. William Jonas Watson, near Black Weir, timber merchant.
8. Thomas Minnitt, Crockherbtown, gentleman. 68.
9. Charles Vachell, Duke Street, apothecary. 68.
For the South Ward.
1. Henry Morgan, St Mary Street, attorney at law. 52.
2. Walter Coffin, Llandaff, esquire. 51.
3. Thomas Morgan, St Mary Street, gentleman. 51.
4. Richard Tredwen, Dry Dock, ship builder. 51.
5. William Williams, Saint Mary Street, brewer. 51.
6. William Jones, Crockherbtown, timber merchant. 47.
7. Robert Thomas, St Mary Street, farmer. 46.
8. Thomas Watkins, St Mary Street, auctioneer. 45.
9. Morgan Fairclough, Hayes, ship agent. 43.