Charles Street Baptist Church, Newport, records 1818-1997

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Charles Street Baptist Church.
Charles Street Baptist Church, Newport, Records
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Biographical/Historical note

The Charles Street Baptist Church owed its foundation mainly to three women; Mrs Samuel (wife of John Samuel of Henllys Court) who had been baptised in Bethesda Tydu in 1762, Mrs Griffiths (afterwards Mrs Perkins) and Mrs James. All three had been members of the Baptist cause at Bethesda and the new cause was regarded as a branch of that church. In 1796 Mrs Samuel removed to Newport, she had been widowed in 1774 and her daughter Amy married William Williams, the brother of Mrs James. In 1807 Mrs Samuel and her friends rented a room in John Rowe's house on Stow Hill and asked the preachers John Hier and his deputy James Edmunds, both from Bethesda, to preach to them there. They later moved to a larger room in Charles Street. At the Castleton Baptist Association meeting held in 1816 it was resolved to build the first Welsh Baptist Chapel in Newport, and the land then acquired in Charles Street, with the help of a bequest from John Williams, a Newport tailor. The opening services of the new church were held in May 1817. In July 1879 it was decided to change the services from Welsh to English, due to the decline in Welsh-speaking in the town. In September 1993, the Charles Street fellowship joined in joint worship with Ebbw Bridge Baptist Church, Newport, and the Charles Street Chapel closed.

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Scope and Contents note

Records of the Charles Street Baptist Church, Newport, 1818-1997, including minute books, 1884-1995; registers, 1818-1883; church membership records, 1813-1996; Charles Street Baptist Sunday School records, 1907-1974; Men's Bible Class register, 1923-1932; choir records, 1926-1939; correspondence, 1952-1997.

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Arrangement note

Arranged into the following: Minute books; Registers; Church membership; Charles Street Baptist Sunday School; Men's Bible Class; Choir; Correspondence; Miscellaneous

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Accruals note

Accruals are possible

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Source not recorded

Appraisal note

All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Further registers of the Charles Street Baptist Church are Gwent Record Office, D2774/11

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Charles Street Baptist Church (Newport, Wales)--Archives; Baptists--Wales--Newport; Religious institutions--Wales--Newport;

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office and the National Register of Archives

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Collection Inventory

Minute Books 

 D3518/1 Minute Book of Church Meetings. Includes newspaper cutting about the history of the church, c.1904, and Programme of Centenary Services October 1906). 1884-1907 

 D3518/2 Minute Book of Church Meetings 1907-1910 

 D3518/3 Minute Book of Church Meetings 1923-1995 

 D3518/4 Minute Book of Church Officers’ Meetings 1923-1930 

 D3518/5 Minute Book of Church Officers’ Meetings 1930-1936 

 D3518/6 Minute Book of Church Officers’ Meetings 1936-1949 

 D3518/7 Minute Book of Church Officers’ Meetings 1949-1954 

 D3518/8 Minute Book of Church Officers’ Meetings 1954-1960 

 D3518/9 Minute Book of Church Officers’ Meetings 1960-1995 

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 D3518/10 Welsh Baptist Funeral Book (burials). Includes plan of burial yard, 1997, and Certificates of registry of death, 1861-1867. 1818-1883 

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Church Membership 

 D3518/11 Church Record Book and register of members 1813-1905, including a history of the church written in 1848 (in Welsh). The first entries (1813 to c.1848) are written retrospectively. Also includes a Ledger of receipts and disbursements, 1848-9. 1813-1905, 1920 

 D3518/12 Register of Chapel members 1903-1908 

 D3518/13 Register of Chapel members 1909-1912 

 D3518/14 Register of Chapel members 1913-1920 

 D3518/15 Register of Chapel members 1921-1927 

 D3518/16 Register of Chapel members 1928-1935 

 D3518/17 Register of Chapel members 1936-1944 

 D3518/18 Register of Chapel members 1945-1953 

 D3518/19 Register of Chapel members 1954-1996 

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Charles Street Baptist Sunday School 

 D3518/20 Minute Book of Officers’ and Teachers’ Meetings 1926-1951 

 D3518/21 Minute Book of Officers’ and Teachers’ Meetings 1957-1967 

 D3518/22 Cash Book 1907-1974 

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Men’s Bible Class 

 D3518/23 Attendance Register 1923-1932 

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 D3518/24 Attendance Register (includes one page of “notes made in October 1997 for the benefit of Family History researchers” 1928-1933, 1938-1939 

 D3518/25 Invoices and Accounts 1926-1928 

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 D3518/26 Domestic, Fellowship and Social affairs 1952-1979 

 D3518/27 Domestic, Fellowship and Social affairs 1980-1995 

 D3518/28 Miscellaneous administrative matters 1954-1995 

 D3518/29 Miscellaneous matters, including Newport Roll of Honour (Great War, 1914-1918); Newport Sunday School Union’s Whitsuntide programmes 1944-1973 (not continuous); lists of important dates in the church’s history, church officers, chapel repairs, etc. 1914-1973 

 D3518/30 Matters of probable historical interest,Nincluding list of ministers 1817-1994, and plan and elevation of the church, 1986. c.1962-1997 

 D3518/31 Fire Escape Wayleave Licence (includes draft licence with plan) 1965-1995 

 D3518/32 Temporary Access to the College of Art and Design 1991-1992 

 D3518/33 Senior Schoolroom (Church Hall): purchase of freehold 1980-82 and proposed conversion into flats 1982-83, including plans and structural survey with photographs. Primary Schoolroom: proposed conversion 1992. 1980-1992 

 D3518/34 Proposed demolition of Chapel and erection of sheltered accommodation 1984-1990 

 D3518/35 Correspondence leading to the disposal of the chapel and its site on 25th August 1995 (includes a copy of “Newport Town Centre Development Strategy” c. 1993). 1992-1995 

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 D3518/36 Ebbw Bridge Baptist Church, Newport, Golden Jubilee Services 1988 (booklet). Describes the history of the Church. 1988 

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