Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Caernarfon Royal Naval Reserve & Coastguard Records

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/30

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Title: Caernarfon Royal Naval Reserve & Coastguard Records

Short title: Caernarfon Royal Naval Reserve & Coastguard, records

Dates of creation: 1856-1907

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 143 items

Name of creator(s): Royal Naval Reserve, Caernarfon Battery; Caernarfon Coastguard Station.


Administrative and biographical history: The expansion of the Royal Navy and Britain's naval supremacy during the 19th century created a need for arrangements to expand naval manpower in times of emergency. To this end, the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) was formed in 1859, organised into units known as batteries. It comprised merchant seamen, both officers and ratings, and fishermen; it was later supplemented by retired naval seamen. The Coastguard Service was formed in 1822 and administered by the Admiralty from 1856 to 1923. During this period, its responsibilities included coastal defence, acting as a naval reserve force and protection of Customs revenue as well as lifesaving, assisting ships in distress, buoys and lighthouses and other duties. Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, had both an RNR battery and a Coastguard station.


Scope and content: Records of Caernarfon Royal Naval Reserve, 1856-1907, comprising administrative records, 1863-1904, financial records, 1873-1904, records relating to stores, 1883-1904, drill registers and other personnel records, 1856-1907, and printed material, 1887-1897; records of Caernarfon Coastguard station, 1862-1904, comprising administrative records, 1863-1904, financial records, 1876-1894, and miscellaneous printed material, 1862-1904.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Royal Naval Reserve (Caernarfon Battery); and Coast Guard service (Caernarfon station).

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: No information found



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of the Royal Naval Reserve (Caernarfon Battery) and the Caernarfon Coastguard Station, catalogue; Royal Navy website (, viewed 8 July 2004; The National Archives, Research Guides (, viewed 8 July 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: July 2004



Great Britain | Naval militia | Archives

Great Britain. | Coastguard Service. | Caernarfon Station | Archives

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Great Britain | Coastguard Service. | Caernarfon Station

Royal Naval Reserve | Caernarfon Battery