West Glamorgan Archive Service

Welsh Wesleyan Methodist Records

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD W Wes

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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.


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.
Detailed catalogue


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



Church records and registers | Wales

Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Welsh Methodist Connexion | Archives

Morgannwg Welsh Wesleyan Circuit | Archives

Religious institutions | Wales, South

Wesleyan Methodist Church | Wales | West Glamorgan

Personal names

Corporate names

Methodist Church (Great Britain) | Morgannwg Circuit

Wesleyan Methodist Church | Welsh Methodist Connexion



Wales, South