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Pontypool Circuit of the Methodist Church.
The Pontypool Circuit of the Methodist Church
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Biographical/Historical note

The Pontypool Circuit of the Methodist Church was formed in 1968 by the amalgamation of the Pontypool Eastern Valley Circuit and the Pontypool Park Terrace Circuit.

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Scope and Contents note

Records include Minutes, Financial Record and Miscellaneous Papers, 1845-1983.

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Arrangement note

Arranged in to the following series': Park Terrace Circuit, Pontypool; Hope Methodist Church, Pontnewydd; Llanyravon Methodist Church; Fairhill Methodist Church, Cwmbran; High Street English Methodist Church, Pontypool.

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Administrative Information

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Accruals note

No further accruals are expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Deposited by Mr Ralph Miller, Cwmbran, 31 May 1989.

Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Methodist Church Records-Monmouthshire

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Other Finding Aids note

Copies of finding aids are available at Gwent Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Park Terrace Circuit, Pontypool 

 D2723/1 Quarterly Meetings Minute Book 1959-1968 

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Hope Methodist Church, Pontnewydd 

 D2723/2 Trustees' Meeting Minute Book (some affixed typescript) At front: Appointment of New Trust 19 June 1939, Extract from schedule listing 16 members 1940-1948 

 D2723/3 Trustees' Meetings Minute Book 1948-1965 

 D2723/4 Agreement to Execute Mortgage 1. William Stanton, late of Cwmbrane par. Llanvrechva but now Abercarne, bricklayer, Thomas Bird of the same place, collier, Isaac Cooper of the same place, agent and Benjamin Pitchford of the same place, Gaffer (Trustees of the Primitive Methodist Connexion at Cwmbrane). 2. Charles Davies of the town of Pontypool, iron-monger. Chapel at Cwmbrane Par. Llanvrechva Reciting: (a) 1 has had occasion for loan of £40 incurred in erecting chapel and has applied to 2 for same (b) 2 has lent same to 1 (c) Agreement of 1 to deposit with 2 title deed and promissory note (d) Schedule of deeds 1844-1845 4 Jul 1845 

 D2723/5 Conveyance 1. Leah Jones of Newport, spinster. 2. Henry Charles Parfitt of Pontynewydd par. Llanvrechva Upper, contractor, George Miller-ship of Pontynewydd, Oliver Smith, William Davies of Pontynewydd, labourer, Isaac Hicks of Pontynewydd, engine driver, Isaac Davies of Pontynewydd, clerk, Phillip Coleman of Cwmbran Square Upper par. Llanvrechva Upper, underground foreman, Thomas Ephraim of Cwmbran Square Upper, miner, William Laramy of Cwmbran Square Upper, miner, Joseph Norton of Cwmbran Square Upper, labourer, Williams Davies of Pontypool, corn factor, Paul Scott of Pontnewynydd par. Trevethin, butcher, Richard Lewis of Pontnewynydd, butcher, Joseph Counsell of Pontypool, miner and Robert Moore of Talywain par. Trevethin, cordwainer (Trustees). 3. The Rev. Charles Thomas Harris of Pontypool (temporary superintendent preacher of Circuit) Plot of ground part of a piece of meadow land at Pontnewydd par. Llanvrechva Upper fronting the parish road leading to the Pontnewydd station on the Monmouthshire Railway Company's railway (further described) Reciting: 2 being possessed of certain monies for the purchase of ground for the erection of P. M. Chapel, has contracted and agreed with 1 for absolute purchase of prems. Consideration: £10 Subject to provision of Release 1864 March 24th (parties named) enrolled in Chancery 2nd April Endorsed: Note of enrolment in High Court of Chancery 27th April 1866. 2 Apr 1866 

 D2723/6 Miscellanous papers Including Notices to Pontypool P.M. Circuit of resolutions of Connexion South Wales Committee Meetings; Notices to The Rev. J. Harding of resignations from Hope choir; Notices of retirement of Trustees; Letters to The Rev. A.E. Dymond from the Methodist Church Department for Chapel Affairs, Manchester, concerning loans to Pontnewydd 1947-1948. 1894-1948 

 D2723/7 Memorandum of Choice and Appointment of New Trustees Primitive Methodist Chapel and schoolroom at Pontnewydd. 2 Mar 1897 

 D2723/8 Memorandum of Choice and Appointment of New Trustees- P.M. Chapel and schoolroom at Pontnewydd. 7 Mar 1904 

 D2723/9 Memorandum of Equitable Mortgage to Secure £550 1.Trustees of Pontnewydd Chapel and School, Pontypool Circuit. 2. The Primitive Methodist Chapel Aid Association Ltd. Reciting: Schedule of Deeds 1866-1904 Endorsed: 'Finished repayment 1923' 23 Jun 1904 

 D2723/10 Application Form to District Building Committee seeking sanction to renovate and alter the Chapel at Pontnewydd. 1923 

 D2723/11 Correspondence with P.M. Chapel Aid Association Ltd concerning loan and transfer of deeds. Including list of deeds, 1866-1897, recieved from Pontnewydd P.M. Trustees 1923-1924 

 D2723/12 Llanfrechfa Upper Urban District Council Plan for construction of concrete footway leading to P.M Church at Pontnewydd [c.1923] 

 D2723/13 Memorandum of Equitable Mortgage to Secure £575 1. The Trustees of Pontnewydd Chapel and School, Pontypool Circuit. 2. The P.M. Chapel Aid Association Ltd. Reciting: Schedule of Deeds 1866-1914 21 Aug 1924 

 D2723/14 Memorandum of Choice and Appointment of New Trustees-Hope Methodist (formerly Primitive Methodist) chapel at Commercial Street, Pontnewydd. 19 Jun 1939 

 D2723/15 List of proposed new Trustees for Hope Pontnewydd Church and school. 1962-1964 

 D2723/16 Memorandum of Choice and Appointment of New Trustees-Hope Methodist (formerly P.M) Chapel at Commerical Street, Pontnewydd. 6 Jan 1965 

 D2723/17 Letters, accounts and estimates relating to maintenance and repair of Hope chapel including Survey Report and Specification of Timber Infestation Surveyor, 1969. 1968-1971 

 D2723/18 Plan for proposed formation of temporary (Lloyd's) bank facility in Pontnewydd Chapel school annex; with plan of annex as existing (with duplicate). Also photographs depicting 'cracks and flaws' within chapel building; with covering letter to The Rev. J.J Rooney from S.J. Arthur, senior architect, Lloyds Bank Ltd. 31st October 1978. 1977-1978 

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Llanyravon Methodist Church (See also D2498/35, 88-90) 

 D2723/19 Church Meetings Minute Book 1957-1960 

 D2723/20 Site and Building Account Book 1957-1959 

 D2723/21 Site and Building Account Book 1959-1961 

 D2723/22 Site and Building Account Book 1961-1963 

 D2723/23 Building Fund Receipts Book 1957-1962 

 D2723/24 Abstract of Title with Plans Cwmbran Development Corporation to freehold land and prems. known as Llanyravon, par. Llanfrechfa Citing Will and Codicil of Will of Richard Laybourne 1909 -1910 and Deeds 1925-1956. Memorandum of Conveyance 19th January 1959 of land (2/3 arces) at Llanyravon (further described) by Cwmbran D.C to The Rev. Bertrand John Coggle and other as Trustees of the methodist church. Annexed: 6-inch plan of area bounded by the Avon Lwyd and Black Road featuring Jim Crow's Wood and Middle Wood (n.d.); 25-inch O.S plan of same area 1957. 1958 

 D2723/25 Permit for purchase of site at Llanyravon issued to The Rev. B.J Coggle BSc, Pontypool (eastern valley circuit) by the Methodist Church department for chapel affairs (estimated cost £900). With Form of Conveyance of freehold ground for Methodist Trust purposes (not used). 1958 

 D2723/26 Application form for land search respecting land at Llanyravon, submitted by D. Granville West, Chivers and Dunford, Solicitors, 132 Osborne Road, Pontypool. 1959 

 D2723/27 Papers relating to purchase of house at Llanyravon for new Manse. Including letters to The Rev. B.J Coggle and Sale Particulars (with plans) of Cwmbran Development Corporation houses. 1959 

 D2723/28 Bill of Quantities for proposed new methodist church at Llan-yr-afon, Cwmbran (Superintendent Minister and Treasurer's copy). Prepared by Cripps and Steward, Chartered Architects, Headington, Oxford. Including details of contracts, materials and workmen. Paginated; indexed at front 1960 

 D2723/29 Memorandum of Choice and Appointment of New Trustees-Methodist Chapel at Llan-yr-Avon Way in the new town of Cwmbran. 18 Nov 1960 

 D2723/30 Correspondence and accounts relating to contracts for building of Llan-yr-afon new methodist church. 1960-1962 

 D2723/31 Rough notes on Building Fund with National Provincial Bank Ltd credit slips 1959-1961. 1961 

 D2723/32 Miscellaneous Trust Fund papers, including Day Book 1961-1962 (6 pages only used); cheque stubs, balance sheet and bank statements. 1961-1963 

 D2723/33 Counterpart Licence 1. The Rev. Bertrand James Coggle of 13 Llanyravon Way, the present superintendent minister of circuit (on behalf of the trustees of the Llanyravon Methodist Church, the Grantors.) 2. The County Council of Monmouth by Vernon Lawrence, its clerk and solicitor. Use of prems. and rooms at Llanyravon Methodist Sunday School for child welfare clinic. With related Correspondence 17 Sep 1962 

 D2723/34 Memorandum of Choice and Appointment of New Trustees- Methodist Manse at 13 Llanyravon Way 7 Mar 1963 

 D2723/35 Licence 1. The Rev. E. Whitford-Roberts of Berwyn, Ffrwd Road, Abersychan, present superintendent minister of circuit (on behalf of the Trustee of Llanyravon methodist church, Grantors). 2. Margaret Nesta Jeans and others (named) (on behalf of Cwmbran play-group). Use of prems. and rooms at Llanyravon Methodist Sunday School. 1 Jun 1965 

 D2723/36 Memorandum of Choice and Appointment of New Trustees-Methodist chapel and Sunday school at Llanyravon. 6 May 1966 

 D2723/37 Papers relating to appointment and resignation of trustees (contingent upon renewal of Trust 1966). 1960-1966 

 D2723/38 Papers relating to insurance claim against messrs. Romilly Heating Ltd, 17 Lyne Road, Newport, in respect of alleged faulty installation at Manse. 1968-1969 

 D2723/39 Papers relating to repairs and extension to Manse, 13 Llanyravon Way. Including plans, elevations and preliminary sketches for extension by the Rees Lee Daniel Partnership, chartered architects, 55 York Place, Newport, c.1976 1974-1982 

 D2723/40 Letter from the Trustees for Methodist Church purposes, Manchester, to the secretary to the Minister [Llanyravon] supplying details of Llanyravon Trust. 1981 

 D.2723/41 Photographs of wooden hut ('R Block') purchased by church from British Steel Corporation. With (photocopied) invoices and receipt (for £50). 1982 

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Fairhill Methodist Church Cwmbran (See also D2498/1-91) 

 D2723/42 Papers relating to building of new church at Fairhill and site of Manse. Including Report on Home Mission policy for South West Cwmbran and Circuit grant, 1962. 1962-1970 

 D2723/43 Miscellaneous papers, including notes on cost of heating manse at Fairwater and circular from the Methodist Church Department for Chapel Affairs regarding sale of Methodist Trust property c.1966-1969 

 D2723/44 Miscellaneous papers Including architect's accounts, geological plan of Fairwater area, 1968, general building maintenance and fund-raising. 1966-1971 

 D2723/45 Correspondence and reports relating to insurance claims in respect of leaking roof. With O.S. plan of district, 1970, showing dimensions of church. 1968-1971 

 D2723/46 Papers relating to construction of proposed suspended ceiling With plans and specifications. 1983 

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High Street English Methodist Church, Pontypool 

 D2723/47 Correspondence concerning temporary storage of marriage registers in the (newly installed) safe at Cwmbran Methodist chapel (owing to closure of High St.) 1956-1959 

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