West Glamorgan Archive Service

Wesleyan Methodists, Neath Circuit Records

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD Wes N

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Title: Wesleyan Methodists, Neath Circuit Records

Short title: Wesleyan Methodists, Neath Circuit, records

Dates of creation: 1866-2004

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 4.5 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Wesleyan Methodists, Neath Circuit and others


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. These records are relating to the Neath Circuit and other chapels such as the New Road Methodist Church, Skewen which was called United Methodist Church, Skewen until 1942.


Scope and content: Records of the Wesleyan Methodists, mainly the Neath Circuit, 1866-2004, including minutes, 1866-1989; accounts, 1847-1992; schedules; 1910-1965; membership records, 1931-1941; Sunday School records, 1884-1980; church notices, 1915-1921; register of deeds, 20th cent.; Sunday School records, 1896-1909; weekly offerings to renovation fund, 1971-1978; minutes of leaders meetings, 1893-1984; collection journals, 1894-1921; and records of New Road Methodist Church, Skewen, 1942.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.

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

Archival history: These records of Skewen Wesleyan Methodist Church were salvaged by the depositor from the church before its demolition in 2004. Some of the records found were scanned and placed onto a CD ROM which has also been deposited.

Immediate source of acquisition: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.



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, Wesleyan Methodists, Neath Circuit and others 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 | Neath

Church records and registers | Wales | Skewen

New Road Methodist Church (Skewen, Wales) | Archives

Religious institutions | Wales | Skewen

Wesleyan Methodist Church | Wales | Neath

Wesleyan Methodist Church | Wales | West Glamorgan

Personal names

Corporate names

New Road Methodist Church (Skewen, Wales)

Wesleyan Methodist Church