West Glamorgan Archive Service
Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Records
Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD W Wes
Title: Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Records
Short title: Welsh Wesleyan Methodist, records
Dates of creation: 1809-2000
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 4.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Welsh Wesleyan Methodists
Administrative and biographical history: The Wesleyan cause began in Wales with the visits of John Wesley from 1739. These visits were mainly exploratory, and he found the Welsh language a considerable barrier. Nevertheless, some ten years after his death, a mission was set up, and within seventeen years fourteen Welsh Wesleyan circuits had been set up. By the end of the century there were Llanelli, Carmarthen, Llandeilo, Tredegar, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and Abercynon circuits, each containing several chapels, with a minister or team of ministers. By the 1960s many Welsh chapels had closed, and it became clear that the best course was to amalgamate several of the circuits into one large area, and thus the Morgannwg Circuit came into being, stretching from Carmarthen and Llandeilo in the west to Cardiff and Tredegar in the east.
Scope and content: Records of the Welsh Wesleyan Methodists, 1809-2000, including South Wales District records, 1873-1970; circuit records, 1809-1968, including minute books, 1879-1966; records relating to individual chapels, 1839-2000; miscellaneous items, 1840-1985.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/script: English, Welsh
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: South Wales District records, circuit records, records relating to individual chapels, miscellaneous items, and records of individual chapels.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply
Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Immediate source of acquisition: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.
Related units of description: Further papers are West Glamorgan Record Office, D/D W/Wes 28/1; D/D W/Wes 30/16, and D/D W/Wes 68-71.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Welsh Wesleyan Methodists Records, catalogue.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: August 2005