Cardiff Council Minutes. 1868–1872.
1868 May 11 Monday, 11 a.m.
Mayor's salary to be increased £25, by way of subscription to
special prizes at the Glamorganshire Agricultural Society's show.
Town Clerk to purchase a print view of Cardiff, offered for sale
by Mr. Hibbert at 15s.
May 21. The Lords of the Committee of Council on Education
inform the Mayor that Mr. Whitworth desired one of his sixty
scholarships of £25 should be placed at the absolute disposition
of the Corporations of Cardiff and Swansea, as they might agree.
Richard Aubrey Essery, esq., Town Clerk of Swansea, writes that his
Town Council had appointed a committee to confer with Cardiff
thereon. The Corporation now appoints a Committee to make
arrangements with Swansea.
June 22. Edward Stelfox is to raise the wreck of the "Edmond"
before August the 1st, in accordance with agreement.
The Special Committee recommend that the question of dividing
the Wards remain in abeyance.
Address to Her Majesty on the late attempt on the life of His
Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
Cardiff and Swansea agree that the abovementioned Whitworth
exhibition shall be offered to the person who should obtain the
highest number of marks at the Science and Art examination.
Mr. D. Rees, Clerk to the Borough Magistrates, writes that
their Worships have resolved to order the payment to the County
Treasurer of the fines held by him as their Clerk.
August 4 Tuesday. Special Meeting.
The Ball, to be given to the Marquess of Bute on attaining his
majority, is to take place at the Drill Hall.
A sum not exceeding £1,500 shall be spent on the occasion, to
be divided thus:—
|Prize at Regatta
|Illumination of Town Hall
|Gas for do. &; triumphal arches
|Illumination of St. John's tower, &; statue of Marquis of Bute
This sum is accordingly to be added to the Mayor's salary.
August 10. Committee appointed to provide a proper supply of
water in case of fires.
Stelfox having failed to raise the wreck "Edmond" lying in the
fairway, his contract is rescinded. Tenders for that purpose are to
be invited from other persons.
The Water Bailiff is to furnish the Collector of Customs, Mr. T.
S. Miller, with monthly returns of anchors and cables raised.
Resolved, that the Mayor accept the invitation of Mr. G. T.
Clark, the High Sheriff, for the Corporation to be guests at the
County Dinner at the Drill Hall, in celebration of the attainment by
the Marquis of Bute of his majority.
Resolved, that an Address be presented by the Council to the
Marquis of Bute, to congratulate him on his coming of age, on the
12th September. Committee appointed to frame the Address.
Resolved, that the Mayor, on the part of the Council, send an
invitation to the Marquis of Bute to a Ball to be given at the Drill
Hall on Friday 18 September next, in honour of the above event.
Resolved, that a gold chain and badge be purchased for the use
of the Mayor for the time being.
Resolved, that a sum not exceeding £250 be applied for the
purpose, and that the same be taken out of the £1500 voted to the
Mayor to meet the expenses of the rejoicings on the occasion of the
Marquis of Bute coming of age.
September 7 Monday. Special Meeting.
Resolved, that the Members of Council be invited to sign a
Memorandum consenting to pay for any tickets that may be used by
them at the Ball on the 18th September.
Resolved, that the Ball Committee issue tickets to the Corporation Ball, at their discretion, to the inhabitants of the Town and
neighbourhood, at one guinea per ticket.
The following Address was approved of:—
"To the Most Honorable The Marquess of Bute, Earl of Windsor,
Baron Cardiff of Cardiff Castle, &c., &c.
"We the Mayor, Alderman and [Capital] Burgesses of the
Borough of Cardiff desire, as well on our own behalf as on that
of the Town we represent, to offer to your Lordship our most
sincere and hearty congratulations upon the arrival of that period
in your Lordship's life when you have to undertake the responsibilities of your vast inheritance and participate in the legislation of
this great country.
"It is superfluous for us to acknowledge how largely this Town
is indebted for its high commercial position, for its many charitable
and public institutions, and for all that tends to the prosperity and
happiness of the people, to the forethought, enterprise, benevolence
and sympathy of the lamented nobleman whose name you bear.
From the day which closed his valued life, those to whom the
management of his extensive and important properties was entrusted
have most ably carried out the great designs of his distinguished
mind and, while duly protecting the estate confided to their care,
have materially benefitted this Town in which his Lordship took so
"We repeat our warm congratulations upon your Lordship's
accession to your noble inheritance; and we pray that, under the
blessing of Divine Providence, you may be long spared to continue in
its enjoyment; and that, following in the steps of your honoured
father, it may be so administered as to promote your Lordship's own
happiness and conduce to the welfare of this important Town and
"Given under our Common Seal this [15th] day of September,
September 15 Tuesday. Special.
John Bird elected Alderman, in the place of Thomas Morgan
September 21 Monday. Adjourned.
Votes of thanks to the Mayor, to the Chief Constable of the
County Police (Colonel Lindsay), and to Mr. Jeremiah Box Stockdale,
Superintendent of the Borough Police, for their services during the
festivities in celebration of Lord Bute's attainment of his majority.
The last is thus worded:—
"Resolved unanimously, that the thanks of the Council be given
to Superintendent Stockdale for the very efficient manner in which
he conducted the procession on the entry of the Marquis of Bute into
the Town on Wednesday last."
October 5 Monday. Adjourned.
Town Clerk to request the Bute Trustees to lend appliances for
raising the wrecks "Edmond" and "Saint Leon" in the roadstead,
the Council bearing all expenses.
The Council being the Local Authority for that purpose constituted by the Representation of the People Act, 1867; it was
ordered, that the several Polling Districts for the Borough of
Cardiff be at the places hereinafter named.
St. John's, Cardiff; for the parish of St. John Baptist, Cardiff,
and for the Freemen of the Municipal
Borough of Cardiff.
St. Mary's, Cardiff; for the parish of St. Mary.
Roath for such part of the parish of Roath as lies
within the Borough of Cardiff.
Canton for such parts of the several parishes of
Llandaff and Leckwith as lie within
Cowbridge for the Borough of Cowbridge.
Llantrisant for the Borough of Llantrisant.
And that notice thereof be given by advertisement in the Cardiff
and Merthyr Guardian and the Cardiff Times newspapers, and by
affixing printed notices on the outer door or walls of the churches
and public chapels within the Borough of Cardiff.
October 30 Friday. Special.
Common Seal affixed to the Corporation's Conveyance to the
Postmaster General of the piece of land (on the site of the old
workhouse) agreed to be sold for the purpose of erecting a new Post
Office, and also Agreement as to access to letter boxes.
1868 November 9 Monday noon.
Councillor Thomas Evans elected Mayor.
Charles Williams David, William Alexander and William Bradley Watkins elected Aldermen.
Mayor's salary £200.
Alderman C. W. David appointed Deputy Mayor.
Jenkin Jones appointed Water Bailiff.
Richard Robertson and William Morgan appointed Sergeants at
Mace, at a salary of £5 each and a suit of clothes. They are to
deliver Notices and letters to the Aldermen and Councillors when
required by the Town Clerk, and to attend the Mayor and Council
on all public occasions.
Edward David appointed Town Crier during the Mayor's
Thomas Jenkins appointed Inspector and Collector of the Tolls
at the Markets &c.
Edward Jenkins appointed Weigher at the Market Scales.
Resolved, that £500 (including rent and repairs) be paid by the
Borough Treasurer to the Committee of the Public Library for the
£18. 8. 6. was paid to the Water Bailiff for anchors and repairs
of buoys &c., and £7. 10. 0 his salary.
£5. 10. 9 was paid to Lord Bute's Trustees for one year's Town
1869 February 8 Monday, 11 a.m.
Petition to Parliament to abolish the present system of nominating candidates to represent any place in Parliament, and to adopt
in lieu thereof the plan now used in the nomination of Town
Councillors and Guardians or some other suitable plan.
Resolved, that the declaration of the poll be made in writing
under the hand and seal of the Returning Officer.
Ordered, that the Water Bailiffs make soundings round the
wrecks in channel and report to the Council thereon.
That such of the anchors and chains in Stuart Street yard as are
of any service be removed to the yard on West Bute Dock, and the
the remainder to be sold for the best price that can be obtained and
the Stuart Street yard given up.
The Report of the Committee appointed to confer as to fines
inflicted by Borough Magistrates was read as follows:—
That a sum of about £150 is annually paid by the Clerk to the
Borough Magistrates, to the Treasurer of the County, in respect of
fines inflicted for offences committed and dealt with by the Borough
That, in order to secure such fees for the benefit of the Town,
as well as exemption from the payment of a considerable portion of
the Borough contribution towards County expenditure (such contribution being in the gross near £3,300 a year), it will be necessary
that a separate Court of Quarter Sessions should be formed, a
Recorder and Coroner appointed, separate prisons constructed and
other charges incurred, which would entail a cost upon the Borough
much in excess of the present charges.
That your Committee are impressed with the injustice of fines
arising in respect of offences committed within the Borough and
exclusively dealt with by the Borough authorities being diverted to
County purposes, and recommend that a Memorial be presented
to the Secretary of State praying the insertion of a clause in some
general measure, by which the evil complained of may be remedied.
Resolved, that the Report be adopted, and that a Memorial be
presented in accordance therewith.
Resolved, that Morgan John be appointed Town Crier, during
the Mayor's pleasure, in place of Edward David, deceased.
The Mayor reported that a Petition had been presented to the
House of Commons, on behalf of the Town Council, praying that
the granting of licenses for the sale of beer may be transferred
from the Inland Revenue Office to the Magistrates.
Resolved, that Mr. David Roberts be appointed Auditor of the
Accounts of the Council, at a salary of £5 per annum.
Resolved, that this Meeting, having read the evidence given by
Colonel E. S. Hill before the Parliamentary Committee of Enquiry as
to the mode of conducting Elections (in reference to the disturbances
at the late contested Election for the Borough), believes it to be a
true and temperate statement of the occurrences at Cardiff as
witnessed by him.
June 21. Adjourned.
Ordered, that the room late Town Clerk's Office be papered and
put in order for the use of the Sheriff.
Letter from Superintendent Stockdale:—
"Cardiff, June 21st, 1869.
Adverting to the conversation you had with me on
Tuesday last, in which you told me it was the wish of the SubCommittee that I should resign my office of Superintendent of Police,
I desire to say that, whilst I should not wish to continue that office in
opposition to the views of the Council, I am not conscious of any
inability to fulfil the duties I have discharged so many years; and
that to exchange a life of honorable activity for one of no employment
would be entirely repugnant to my feelings. I have now served the
Corporation upwards of 34 years, and during the whole of that
prolonged period I have devoted the whole of my time and abilities
to the duties of my office; and I believe that the manner in which
those duties have been performed has equally commanded the approval
of the Council, the Magistrates and the public. So far as I am aware,
nothing whatever has been alleged against me; nor is it even intimated that my conduct has not been actuated by entire conscientiousness. Under these circumstances, having spent the best years of
my life in the service of the Corporation, and knowing how unfitted I
am for other occupation, I am naturally most reluctant to consent to
an enforced resignation; and notwithstanding the recommendation of
the Sub-Committee I can hardly think that the Corporation will wish
to terminate the connection which has so long subsisted between them
and an old and tried Servant, under circumstances so opposed to his
wishes and so painful to his feelings. Should, however, it be the
opinion of the Council that the efficiency of the Public Service would
be promoted by my tendering a resignation of my office, I beg
respectfully to place the same in your hands. I am, Dear Sir,
Yours very faithfully,
J. Box Stockdale.
To Thomas Evans, Esqre.,
Mayor of Cardiff."
As an Amendment to the Motion that the Report of the Watch
Sub-Committee be adopted, it was moved, and eventually resolved by
a majority of one, that Superintendent Stockdale be requested to
withdraw his resignation.
Resolved, that a Deputy Superintendent of Police be appointed
in place of Inspector Rollings (to retire on superannuation allowance),
at a salary of £2 per week, the appointment to be advertised.
Resolved, that Edward Jenkins be removed from his situation as
Weigher at Markets.
That the Clerk and Collector at the Markets wear a distinguishing
The question of payment of expenses by the Candidates at the
late Parliamentary Election was considered, together with the objection
on the part of Mr. Giffard to pay his proportion; and the Town Clerk
was instructed to make a further application for the same. [The
matter in dispute was eventually referred to the decision of Robert
Oliver Jones, esq.]
1869 November 9 Tuesday noon.
Councillor Edward Whiffen elected Mayor.
Mayor's salary to be £200.
Jenkin Jones appointed Water Bailiff for the ensuing year.
William Evans and John Christopher, Sergeants at Mace, salary
Morgan John to be Town Crier during the Mayor's pleasure.
£500 voted to the Public Library.
Resolved, that the Mayor's salary be increased by £100, for a
contribution towards rent of the Drill Hall for use of the Volunteers.
Committee appointed to inquire into the alteration in the course
of the channel of the river Taff by the construction of a bridge near
the Old Sea Lock.
December 13. Adjourned.
Alderman William Alexander appointed Deputy Mayor.
Councillor John Pybus Ingledew laid before the Council the
"To the Worshipful the Mayor, Aldermen and Town Councillors
of the Corporation of the Borough of Cardiff.
We the Ratepayers of the Borough of Cardiff, in a Public Town
Meeting (convened by the Mayor to take into consideration the recent
vote of your Honourable Corporation) assembled at the Stuart Hall
on Wednesday the 8th day of December 1869, by adjournment from
the Town Hall on Tuesday the 7th day of December 1869, have by
Resolution unanimously passed, recorded our entire disapproval of the
appropriation of any portion of the Poor's Rate for a purpose so foreign
to that for which it was levied as the payment (in the form of an
addition to the Mayor's salary) of a sum of One Hundred Pounds as
rent for the Drill Hall; and we hereby respectfully, but most urgently,
request you will, at the earliest possible opportunity, rescind such
Signed on behalf of the Town's Meeting.
Resolved (by a majority of 10 to 5), that the Minutes of the last
Council Meeting be confirmed without alteration.
Resolved, that no addition be made in future to the Mayor's
salary, without 2 weeks' previous Notice being given to each Member
of the Council.
1870 February 14 Monday, 11 a.m.
Ordered, that the Water Bailiff keep the Council advised as to
the removal of wrecks in the fairway of the channel.
Among the Police Bills occurs this item: "Witnesses expenses
in connection with the murder on board the ship 'Nordage,' £1. 4s."
March 28. Adjourned.
The Borough Architect's plan, shewing the laying out of the
ground behind the Town Hall, with a footway, was referred to the
Property and Markets Committee.
Captain J. E. Bedford, R. N., and Professor Gagliardi were
appointed Members of the Free Library Committee.
May 9 Monday.
Committee appointed to consider the affairs of the Wells
Charity, and to act therein as they may deem requisite for its
June 20. Adjourned.
Resolved, that the Town Clerk write to the Trustees of the
Marquis of Bute, enquiring as to the probable date of the opening of
the new low-water pier and if it would be agreeable to them that a
public demonstration take place on the occasion.
Mr. R. W. Williams, Solicitor for the Canton Market Company,
writes complaining that the Corporation illegally permit the skins of
beasts to be sold in the Pig Market, and hold a Corn Market in the
vestibule of the Town Hall.
Resolved, that the matter be referred to the Property and Markets
The Council approve the Surveyor's plan for the completion of
the new roadway at the north side of the Town Hall, which suggests
the removal of the pillars and gates back to the palisading of the
Letter received from Mr. E. Payne, Hon. Secretary to the Cardiff
Fine Arts and Industrial Exhibition, asking the Council to concur in
making the inauguration of the Exhibition appropriate to the
Resolved, that the Town Clerk reply stating the willingness of
the Council to do as required.
August 29. Special.
Resolved, that the Royal Archæological Institute be invited to
hold their annual Meeting for the year 1871 within this Borough.
Resolved, that a Superintendent of Police be appointed in the
place of Mr. Jeremiah Box Stockdale deceased; and that the salary
be £200 per annum, with an allowance of £10 per annum for
uniform, and residence at the Police Station, coals and gas free. The
age of applicants is not to exceed 40 years, and the person appointed
must devote his whole time to his duties, including the supervision of
the Fire Brigade.
September 19. Adjourned.
Committee appointed to assist the Town Clerk in preparing the
returns, required by the Privy Council, of the population of the town,
rateable value, and number of elementary schools.
1870 November 9 Wednesday noon.
Alderman Charles Williams David elected Mayor.
Mayor's salary to be £300.
Alderman John Bird appointed Deputy Mayor.
Jenkin Jones resigned the office of Water Bailiff.
William Evans and Robert Thomas appointed Serjeants at Mace.
William Rollins, Market Inspector.
John Meredith, Market Weighman.
£550 voted to the Public Library.
£1. 10. 6 was allowed to the Water Bailiff, for replacing buoys.
Resolved, that all the unclaimed property now at the Police
Station be sold, and the proceeds paid to the superannuation fund;
and that in future all unclaimed property be deposited at the Gaol.
December 9. Special.
A Deputation from a Meeting of the inhabitants of the Borough,
held on the 6th day of December instant, and a Deputation from a
Meeting of working men of the Borough, held on the 8th day of
December instant, to present Resolutions from the several Meetings,
requesting the Council to consider the expediency of taking immediate
steps for the formation of a School Board for the district, under the
Elementary Education Act, attended the Council.
Resolved, that a Special Meeting to consider the question be
convened on the 19th day of December instant.
December 19. Adjourned.
Resolved, that the Meetings of the Watch Committee be private
The Town Clerk is to invite the Royal Agricultural Society to
hold their Meeting for 1872 at Cardiff.
A Deputation from a Meeting of ratepayers and others, to
memorialize the Council to refrain from making an application for
an immediate appointment of a School Board, attended the Council.
The Council then formed itself into a Special Meeting to
consider the question of an application for the appointment of a
Moved and seconded, that the Council apply for the formation
of a School Board for the district.
For the Motion:—J. P. Ingledew.
S. D. Jenkins.
D. Jones. 8
J. N. Flint.
R. L. Reece.
R. E. Spencer.
W. Taylor, M.D.
T. J. Waller.
W. B. Watkins.
The Mayor. 14
The Motion was declared lost. 6
1871 February 7 Tuesday. Special.
To Consider the proposed Cardiff Improvement Bill.
Resolved, on division, that the Borough be divided into six
Committee appointed for further consideration of the Bill.
Captain Henry Fraser appointed Water Bailiff, for the current
6s. 3d. was paid to the Cardiff Water Company, in respect of the
To E. Jenks, for painting done at the Whitmore Lane Cottages 6s.
To G. Roberts, for cleaning and repairing the portrait of Lord
To C. J. Jackson, for rebuilding pillar-gates, altering Hall
Keeper's house, and constructing palisade in Westgate Street
A Deputation from the Roath Local Board of Health, upon the
subject of the proposed removal of all turnpike gates within two
miles of the Borough, attended the Council.
Resolved unanimously, that an Address of congratulation from
the Council be presented to Her Majesty upon the approaching
marriage of Her Royal Highness the Princess Louise with the
Marquis of Lorne.
February 16. Adjourned.
Moved by Alderman W. B. Watkins, seconded by Dr. W.
That, if at any time it may be deemed desirable to include in
the Borough of Cardiff any part of one or more of the Parishes
adjoining the said Borough, it shall be competent for such portions to
be included by mutual arrangement of the Borough with such places
as are proposed to be included, upon the assent in writing of threefourths in value of the occupiers of such portions or the whole of
adjoining Parishes as are proposed to be included in the Borough;
and, upon such arrangement being carried out, the newly included
portions shall for all purposes of taxation, local government, and all
other purposes, be deemed an integral part of the Borough of
The motion was lost by a majority of 11 votes to 5.
Resolved, that the compulsory clauses in the Cardiff Improvement
Bill, relative to the removal of the turnpikes two miles beyond the
boundary of the Borough, and relative to the Llandaff and Canton
Markets, be withdrawn, and the Bill proceeded with.
March 1. Special.
Resolved, that the Resolution of 7 February 1871, with respect
to the division of the Borough into six Wards, be rescinded.
Resolved (after the defeat of two Amendments), that the Borough
be divided into four Wards: The South Ward, the district lying
south of the South Wales Railway; the Central Ward, the district
between the Glamorganshire Canal, the Taff Vale Railway and South
Wales Railway; the West Ward, the district lying west of the
Glamorganshire Canal; and the East Ward, the district lying east of
the Taff Vale Railway. And that the number of the Council be
increased to eight Aldermen and twenty four Councillors.
The Council guarantee £2,000 in the event of the 1872 Meeting
of the Royal Agricultural Society being held at Cardiff.
March 17. Special.
Resolved, that the Resolution of 1 March 1871, relative to the
division of the Borough into four Wards, and the increase in the
number of the Council, be rescinded.
Resolved (on a division), that the Borough be divided into three
Wards, without any increase in the number of Members of the
Council; and that it be referred to the Committee appointed to assist
the Mayor, to consider as to the best mode of division.
March 27. Adjourned.
A report from the Water Bailiff as to the wreck of the "Fonmon
Castle" in the roadstead (the result of a collision) was read, to the
effect that the attempt to raise the vessel was about to be repeated.
The Mayor laid before the Meeting a Memorial to the executors
of the Will of the late Dr. Rowland Williams, relative to the library
bequeathed by him for the benefit of some town in Wales or Monmouthshire, with priority to Swansea and Carnarvon, and urging the
claims of this Borough to the said library, upon the ground of
Swansea having tacitly declined the bequest and that Carnarvon had
taken no steps in the matter; to which Memorial the Free Library
Committee requested the Council to affix their Common Seal.
Resolved, that the Common Seal be affixed accordingly.
April 5. Special.
The Mayor laid before the Meeting a letter dated 28 March
1871, from the Town Clerk of Swansea, in reference to the above
Memorial, and stating that the Corporation of Swansea had accepted
the bequest of the library and were Defendants in a suit for the
Administration of the testator's estate; and the Mayor also laid
before the Council some correspondence between the Free Library
Committee's Secretary and Mrs. Williams, on the subject.
Resolved, that the Memorial be withdrawn, and that the Town
Clerk be instructed to write to Dr. Williams' trustees and inform them
that the Corporation of Cardiff was prepared to accept the library on
the terms of the Will, in the event of Swansea and Carnarvon failing
to do so.
April 14. Special.
Resolved (after the defeat of an Amendment proposing an
alternative scheme), that the West and East Wards be as follows:—
The district lying west of a line following the course of the
Glamorganshire Canal, from a point where it intersects the northern
boundary of the Borough and including the said canal to the Hayes
Bridge; thence southward of an imaginary line through the centre of
Bridge Street, Nelson Terrace and Wellington Terrace to the Feeder,
and west of the Feeder from that point to the Great Western Railway;
and thence following the course of the same railway, on the northern
side thereof, to the western boundary of the Borough.
The district lying east of the above line and north of the Great
Western Railway, and bounded by the eastern and northern boundary
of the Borough.
May 8. Monday.
The Report of the Water Bailiff was read.
Ordered, that the buoys and chains be repaired and repainted,
subject to the directions of the Pilotage Board.
That the Town Clerk report at the next Meeting of the Council,
as to the power to remove the wreck of the "Fonmon Castle."
June 29 Special.
Petition to Parliament in favour of a Bill giving power to
Municipal Corporations to promote and oppose Bills in Parliament,
July 25. Special.
Address to the President and Members of the Royal Archæological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland:—
"We the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of
Cardiff beg to offer you our sincere and hearty welcome.
"Surrounded as this Borough is with the evidences of the various
races which have held sway within the district, and with remains most
interesting to the archæologist, we earnestly hope that the Members
of the Institute will feel that their visit will not have been without
profit and gratification.
"In welcoming amongst us the Members of the Institute, we
cannot forbear expressing the additional pleasure that has been
afforded to us by the Institute having selected as the President of this
Meeting one towards whom this ancient Borough feels a deep debt of
gratitude as the representative of a long and distinguished line of
"We also beg to express our sense of the honour conferred on
this Borough in being selected as the place of holding the first Meeting
of the Institute within the Principality; and our earnest desire is that,
when the time of separation shall arrive, the Members of the Institute
may carry away with them the recollection of a successful and agreeable Meeting.
Given under our Common Seal this 25th day of July 1871."
The above Address was ordered to be sealed and presented to the
opening Meeting of the Archæological Institute, by the Mayor and
Members of Council.
August 2. Special.
The Mayor laid before the Council an Agreement relative to the
Meeting of the Royal Agricultural Society at the Cathays Park,
which contained various stipulations in reference to works to be done
within the Park, and to the opening of the North Road turnpike free
of toll during the holding of the Meeting (with regard to which
the Town Clerk had written to the Agent of the Marquis of Bute, and
also to Major General Wortham as having the superintendence of the
County roads.) No replies had been received.
Resolved, that the matter be considered at the next Quarterly
Meeting of Council.
August 14 Monday.
The last-mentioned matter was again deferred.
The Report of the Water Bailiff was read; as also a letter from
Captain Evans, of the Trinity Wharf, Neyland, advising that the
wreck of the "Fonmon Castle" be blown up.
Ordered, that the Water Bailiff report as to the position of the
wreck, and that a Special Meeting of Council be convened to consider
September 25. Adjourned.
Water Bailiff reported that he had failed to find the wreck, and
that there was no danger to navigation.
The Mayor informed the Meeting that Mr. Corbett, Lord Bute's
Agent, assented to the proposed works in the Cathays Park, in
connection with the visit of the Royal Agricultural Society.
The question of a scheme for the better regulation of the Wells
Charity was brought before the Meeting, and it was referred to the
Aldermen to consider the same.
A letter from Captain Bedford, R.N., was read, on the subject of
the anomalous state of the Borough arms, which were displayed in
two different forms in the Town Hall. (fn. 1)
Resolved, that the matter be referred to the Mayor and Aldermen
Reece and Pride to report thereon.
1871 November 9 Thursday noon.
Alderman David re-elected Mayor.
Richard Lewis Reece, James Pride and John Bird were elected
Mayor's salary £700.
Alderman Bird, Deputy Mayor.
Henry Fraser, Water Bailiff.
William Evans and Richard Robertson, "Sergeants of Mace."
A Deputation from the Library Committee presented a Memorial
praying for the grant of a penny in the pound rate for more efficiently
carrying out the Public Libraries Acts.
£700 was voted to the Free Library.
The following Report of the Committee appointed to consider
the question of the Borough arms was read and adopted:—
"We have to report that, in pursuance of the resolution of the
Council Meeting of the 25th September last, we have considered
the question as to the Arms belonging to the Borough. Upon
referring to Berry's 'Encyclopædia of Heraldry' (an authority
upon the subject), we find the Borough arms described as: Gules,
3 cheverons [sic] or; but in a note appended to a copy of the work,
in the possession of Alderman Reece, it is stated that the arms should
be described: Or, 3 cheverons gules; and that he had probably
mislead [sic] Berry. The arms: Or, 3 cheverons gules, are the arms
of the Clare family, the ancient Lords of the Marches; and their
connexion with the Borough raises a presumption in favour of
the Borough arms being similar to [those of] the feudal Lord. (fn. 2)
We therefore recommend that the Borough arms be borne: Or,
3 cheverons gules; and the present anomaly of the arms appearing
in different forms in the Town Hall be corrected."
Mr. William Davies resigned his appointment as Borough
Letter from Mr. T. Waring, Borough Surveyor. He is desirous
of obtaining a portion of the ground in the rear of the Post Office,
for the purpose of building a private office. "The permanency
of the foot-path into Westgate Street is now probably established;
but, if it were desired at any time to close it, the road (fn. 3) between the
Post Office Yard and the Town Hall would give sufficient access
to a set of offices," and would leave ample space for the backlets
of any premises to be built in Westgate Street front.
November 18. Special.
Unanimous vote of sympathy with the relatives of the late Mr.
Alderman Bird recently deceased.
December 18. Adjourned.
Resolved unanimously, that a humble Address be presented to
Her Majesty, expressive of the congratulation of this Council at Her
Majesty's restoration to health, and also of deep sympathy in the
sore affliction caused by the dangerous illness of His Royal Highness
the Prince of Wales. (fn. 4)
An Inspector of Weights and Measures is to be advertised for.
Councillor Daniel Jones had a Notice of Motion to rescind the
Resolution that Meetings of the Watch Committee be private in future;
but the numbers present being insufficient by Standing Orders, the
matter could not be entertained.
Memorial from a Committee of legal gentlemen, praying the
Council to assist the establishment of a Law Library in the Borough.
It is one of the proposed rules that all Judges and other persons
exercising judicial functions in Cardiff shall have free use of the
Library, which should be located in the Town Hall. (Referred to the
Property and Markets Committee.)
Committee report that they have considered the offer made by
the Cardiff Baths Co., Ltd., for the sale thereof to the Corporation.
They are unanimously of opinion that the Baths are not of sufficient
capacity for the requirements of the Borough, and that the space does
not allow of further extension or for providing Wash-houses.
Committee to arrange for granting a lease to Mr. John Williams,
ironmonger, of a portion of the Town Wall in the rear of premises
about to be rebuilt by him in Queen Street.
1872 February 12 Monday.
Mr. F. R. Greenhill appointed Financial Clerk.
Mr. W. Luke Evans appointed Inspector of Weights and
Measures, and Inspector of Explosives under the Petroleum Act.
Address to be presented to His Royal Highness the Prince of
Wales, and Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, congratulating
them on the Prince's recovery from his late dangerous illness.
Letter from the Mayor of Chicago, thanking the citizens of
Cardiff for their donation of £555. 18. 9 to the victims of the great
fire of Chicago.
March 13. Special.
Resolved, that public rejoicings be held in the Borough on the
occasion of the approaching marriage of the Marquis of Bute on the
6th of April next, and that the expenses attending the same be
raised by public subscription. Committee appointed to make
May 13. Monday.
Letter from Miss Mauleverer, of Armagh, requesting the favour
of an impression of the Corporate Seal. Her request was complied