Minutes of Council. 1862–1868.
1862 September 22.
Charles Williams David
William Bradley Watkins
Richard Lewis Reece
Charles Redwood Vachell
Richard Henry Michell
Town Clerk, Benjamin Matthews.
Treasurer's Salary raised to £100 per annum.
Novr. 10 Monday. John Bird elected Mayor.
Hugh Bird, Deputy Mayor.
Jenkin Jones, Water Bailiff.
Amended Bylaws passed and entered.
Address of congratulation to be presented to Her Majesty the
Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, on the latter
having attained his majority.
The Report of the Committee under the Public Libraries Act,
1855, with an estimate of expense for the ensuing year having been
read: Resolved, that the Report as read be adopted, and that the
sum of £450 be paid by the Treasurer of the Corporation to the
Committee of the Free Library.
That the Town Clerk be requested to apply to the Lords
Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury under the said Act, for
permission to rent the existing Reading Room and house adjoining
in Saint Mary's Street as yearly tenants at the rent of £40.
Piece of land near Longcross Barracks demised to the Board
of Ordnance in 1844; now confirmed by the Corporate Seal being
affixed to the Lease.
Decr. 22. Cardiff to co-operate with Newport in endeavouring
to obtain the dispatch of the mails for Gloucester and South Wales
by the direct route from Swindon to Gloucester.
1863 March 9 Monday. Special Meeting. £300 voted to the
Mayor for defraying the expenses attending the festivities on the
occasion of the marriage of His Royal Highness the Prince of
Wales with the Princess Alexandra.
March 23. Address of congratulation to be presented to Her
Majesty the Queen on the occasion of the marriage of the Prince and
Princess of Wales. Also to Their Royal Highnesses.
May 11. Resolution of Free Library Committee, that in consequence of the overcrowded condition of the rooms now temporarily
occupied as a Free Library, the Committee ask the attention of the
Council to the necessity of speedily providing a permanent building,
and respectfully suggest as a suitable site the unoccupied ground
on the Bulwarks—the Waterloo site appearing to be, in consequence
of the recent alteration, too small for the erection of a suitable
The Harbour Master reported that vessels frequently anchored
in the channel of the river Taff and by doing so caused collisions,
and suggested that buoys should be placed to shew where the river
Resolved, that buoys be placed in the river, and that proceedings
be taken against the Canal Co. in the event of their continuing to
deposit refuse in the river.
June 22. Corporate Seal set to a Lease to Dr. Wallace of a
piece of land having a frontage of 37 feet to Saint Mary Street, for 75
years at £17 per annum.
Land in the Hayes to be let to Mr. Smart for a Gospel Hall. (fn. 1)
Augt. 10. Resolved, that rewards be offered to persons giving
information, on conviction of parties discharging ballast in the roadstead.
Clock to be placed above the door of the Police Station (fn. 2) in Saint
Mr. Winstone gave notice that at the next Meeting he should
call the attention of the Council to the desirability of extending the
Borough so as to include Roath, Canton, Leckwith and Penarth.
Septr. 21. Committee appointed to enquire as to the expediency
of amalgamating the districts of Roath, Canton, Lequith and
Proceedings to be taken against the Glamorganshire Canal Co.
for depositing ballast on the banks of the Taff in such a situation as
to wash into and obstruct the navigation of the river.
Town Clerk to apply to the Commissioners of the Treasury for
permission to rent of the Trustees of the Young Men's Christian
Association and Literary Institute the building belonging to them in
Saint Mary Street, for 10 years at £100 per annum.
November 9 Monday. John Bird re-elected Mayor.
Mayor's salary to be £200.
Hugh Bird, Deputy Mayor.
Decr. 21. The Mayor reported that proceedings had been taken
against persons for depositing ballast in the Taff, and a fine inflicted.
The cottage in Mill Lane, now in lease to Messrs. Vachell, is to
be purchased and pulled down.
Decr. 31. Resolved, that the offices of Town Clerk and Clerk
to the Local Board of Health be henceforth amalgamated.
1864 Jany. 7. Mr. Town Clerk Benjamin Matthews resigned
that office. Mr. Montague Grover resigned his Councillorship and
was elected Town Clerk.
Resolved, that of the £250 salary as Town Clerk and Clerk to
the Burial Board, the portion applicable to the office of Town Clerk
and Adviser to the Board of Health be £175 per annum.
Feby. 8. Addresses of congratulation to be presented to Their
Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales upon the birth of
May 9. £25 voted to the Churchwardens for the purpose of
illuminating the face of the clock in the tower of Saint John's
Augt. 8. Ten guineas voted to the Glamorganshire Horticultural
Septr. 19. Town Clerk to apply to the Trustees of the Library
and Museum in Crockherbtown that the custody of their books and
collections be entrusted to the Council and be removed to the Free
Novr. 9. Wednesday. Alderman James Pride elected Mayor.
John Bird, Deputy Mayor.
1865 Augt. 14. Vote of thanks to G. T. Clark, esq., for his
gift of the portrait of John Bruce Pryce, esq., the Senior Magistrate
of this County. The Council will with peculiar satisfaction place it
in their Council Chamber.
Septr. 25. The Ivy Bush inn, Saint Mary Street, leased to
W. Mitchelmore, who is to pull down the premises within 2 years.
Messrs. Luard &; Shirley, Lord Bute's Solicitors, write that,
under the Bute Dock Act 1830, the Marquess is entitled to lay
down all buoys in and near the channel of the river, and that the
Corporation therefore need not go to the expense of preparing new
buoys as he understands they proposed to do.
Resolved, that the Water Bailiff report as to the effect upon the
navigation, of the buoys placed in the Taff by the Bute Trustees;
and that a Special Committee be called to consider whether they
interfere with any of the rights and privileges of the Corporation.
Ordered, that the tender for new buoys stand over for the Special
Octr. 2. Special Meeting. The Water Bailiff reported that the
buoys lately laid down by the Bute Trustees greatly impede the
navigation of the river Taff.
Resolved, that the Trustees be respectfully requested to remove
Octr. 16. Special Meeting.
Resolved, that the Council cannot agree that the Bute Trustees
have the rights and powers to lay down buoys, which they claim to
exercise under the Bute Dock Acts.
That the Corporation of Cardiff having from time immemorial
and at their own costs buoyed the river Taff, and kept the channel
well defined and the approaches thereto clear and open to all vessels
frequenting the Port, and inasmuch as the buoys from time to time
laid down by the Corporation have been found sufficient, it was
unnecessary for the Trustees to lay down buoys outside their mud
cut, and their doing so was an uncalled for interference with the
duties and privileges of the Corporation of Cardiff.
The Trustees are requested to have the buoys immediately
Novr. 9. Alderman William Bradley Watkins elected Mayor.
James Pride, Deputy Mayor.
Report of the Committee to consider the expediency of taking
proceedings to recover the old bed of the river (fn. 3) near Saint Mary
Street read and adopted.
20th. Special Meeting. Resolved, that in as much as the buoys
recently placed at the mouth of the river Taff by the Trustees of
Lord Bute are an obstruction to the navigation, the Water Bailiff
be directed forthwith to remove the same and deposit them in a
place of safety.
Resolved, that the Surveyor be directed to deposit rubbish in the
old bed of the river Taff, and that the boundaries of the property
claimed by the Corporation be staked out, and that Counsel's Opinion
be taken to ascertain what right either the Corporation or the Board
of Health have to the same.
Decr. 18. The Mayor reported that the buoys put down by
Lord Bute's Trustees had been removed, and that the Trustees had
brought an action against the Corporation and all parties engaged
in the removal.
Colonel E. R. Wood writes from Stouthall, Swansea, that he
is prepared to bear his moiety of the expense incurred in obtaining
the Opinion of Counsel relative to the old bed of the Taff.
1866 Feby. 12. Memorial to be presented to the County
Roads Board, praying that the west, north and Crwys Bychan
turnpike gates be removed beyond the Borough of Cardiff, and
that the Pengam turnpike gate be abolished.
Thomas Mathews to receive a monetary reward for the information upon which Mr. Elliott was convicted for throwing rubbish into
£2. 10s. to be paid for towing back the six buoys when they
broke adrift during the gale on 25 November last.
April 4. Committee appointed to manage the interests of the
Corporation in the Cardiff Theatre.
May 14. Edward Stelfox is to be paid for any anchors, cables
&;c. he may raise until the next contract is taken, at the same rate as
he was paid for the same work under the last contract.
That the Water Bailiff procure the spare buoy suggested in his
June 25. The Surveyor of the Post Office writes that he is
taking steps to fix a site for a new Post Office at Cardiff, as
Augt. 13. Corporation contributed £250 towards the
"Hamadryad" Seamen's Hospital, Cardiff.
Septr. 5. Corporation is to sell to the Post Office authorities
the piece of land part of the Town Hall Yard, as shewn upon the
plan produced, required for a new Post Office. (fn. 4)
Novr. 9. Alderman Charles Williams David elected Mayor.
John Bird, Deputy Mayor.
Decr. 17. Water Bailiff reported the Bute Trustees had taken
possession of the buoys.
1867 April 26. Mr. Town Clerk Montague Grover resigned.
June 24. Town Clerk is to be also Clerk to the Board of Health,
Clerk to the Burial Board and Clerk under the Cardiff Markets Act;
and the salary for all the appointments shall be £450. He shall
perform all the duties in any way appertaining to those several
appointments, and be the Attorney and Solicitor and general Law
Clerk to the Council and to each Board; and shall provide all clerks,
accountants and other assistants that may be necessary for the
performance of his several duties.
The Town Clerk shall also be paid a guinea a day whenever
necessarily absent from Cardiff upon business of the Council, and
shall also be paid all expenses out of pocket.
He shall be allowed to continue private practice.
He shall have custody of all charters, muniments, deeds, books
and documents belonging to the Corporation.
Suitable offices and all stationery shall be provided for the Town
Clerk and his assistants, and the offices shall be open daily from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Augt. 12. George Salmon elected Town Clerk.
Ordered, that the Schedule of Documents handed over by Mr.
Montague Grover to Mr. George Salmon be entered upon the Minute
Book of the Council; and that the Town Clerk make a return or
schedule of the several documents in his possession, to each Mayor as
soon after his election as conveniently may be.
Septr. 23. F.C. Webber, Post Master of Cardiff.
Boundary Commissioners will meet on 10 October at the Town
Hall, to consider the extension of the Borough.
Novr. 9. Saturday. Alderman Richard Lewis Reece elected
James Pride, Deputy Mayor.
Rate of 1d. in the £ made by way of grant to the Free Library.
Decr. 16. There being no Alderman present, Councillor Henry
Bowen took the Chair.
1868 March 23. By a majority of one, the Council refused to
sign a petition in favour of the Sunday closing of public houses.