Records of Risca and Crosskeys Methodist Circuit

Summary Information

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Risca and Crosskeys Methodist Circuit.
Records of Risca and Crosskeys Methodist Circuit
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Biographical/Historical note

This circuit included Risca until 1922, when a separate Risca Circuit was formed. This lasted until 1933, when the two circuits were amalgamated. Crosskeys, Gladstone Chapel united with High St Chapel in 1975 to form Crosskeys Methodist Chapel. The mission of Crumlin, Main Rd. Chapel commenced in 1891 and the chapel was opened in 1894. In 1962, Risca Ebenezer Chapel united with St. John��TMs to form Trinity. The West Monmouth Mission was inaugurated in 1909, covering the Risca and Tredegar Circuits. The Abercarn Wesleyan Chapel, Darren View, was sold in 1971 to the Salvation Army. Risca St. John��TMs united with Ebenezer in 1962 to form Trinity. The Risca & Crosskeys Circuit covers the area of the former Crosskeys Primitive Methodist and Risca Wesleyan Methodist Circuits.

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Scope and Contents note

Records relating to West Mon. Mission, 1941; Risca and Crosskeys Circuit, 1943-1982; chapel records for: Crosskeys, 1946-1982, Crumlin, Hillside, 1977-1981. Llanhilleth, 1921-1956, Newbridge, 1917-1956, Risca, Ebenezer (P.M.)/St. John's (Wesleyan) amalgamated as Trinity, 1935-1977, Trinant (Wesleyan), 1900-1949, Ty Sign, St. David's Shared Church, 1975-1977.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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Conditions Governing Access note

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Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright conditions apply.

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected.

Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The following related records are held at Gwent Archives: MISCMSS1759, marriage register of Trinity Methodist Church, 1983-1991, D2492/8, Risca and Crosskeys Methodist Circuit and local preachers' minute book, 1942-1983, D2142/3-4, records of Risca Circuit, 1893-1915, D2524/2-5, records of Ebenezer Church, Risca, 1919-1923, and of Trinity Methodist Church, 1963-1980, D1963, Primitive Methodist records for Crosskeys circuit and Risca and Crosskeys circuit, 1837-1978, D942, records of Risca Methodist Church, 1845-1867, D1477/6-9, Crosskeys Methodist Circuit, marriage registers, 1919-1975.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Methodist Churches-Wales-Monmouthshire

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Other Finding Aids note

Copies of finding aids are available at Gwent Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Circuit Records 

West Monmouthshire Mission 

 D2111/1 Circuit Plan and Directory (found packed with later plans as below) (old ref. 11/9) 1941 

Risca and Crosskeys Circuit 

 D2111/1 Circuit Plans and Directories (old ref. 11/9) 1943-1982 

 D2111/2 Circuit Meeting Minute Book (old ref. 2/13) 1942-1954 

 D2111/3 Quarterly Meeting Minute Book (with some minutes loose in volume) (old ref. 2/1) 1955-1961 

 D2111/4 Quartely Meeting and General Purposes Committee Minute Book (old ref. 2/0) 1986-1976 

 D2111/5 Local Preachers' Circuit Schedule 1948-1969 

 D2111/6 Bundle of Financial Statements (1967-1969 including lists of stewards and number of members: 1973 statement is in Quarterly Plan and Directory) Papers re: Circuit History: 1966-1973 

 D2111/7 Report to Special Circuit Meeting (decision to venture at Ty Sign) (old ref. 11/10) 1961 

 D2111/8 Report on restructuring of the church with details of official titles, and constitution of the church administration: also lists of names of Circuit Meetings and Committees. (useful information on administrative structure) (old ref. 11/2) Miscellaneous Papers (c.1968, pre 1974) 1968-1974 

 D2111/9 Packet of programmes: Conference at Pontywaun, 1975 (old ref. 11/8) Carol Services 1978-1979 Garden Party 1981 Social Responsibility Committee Appeals 1982 1975-1982 

 D2111/10 Packet of miscellaneous papers (old ref. 11/1) Orders of special memorial services Pontywaun 1948-1949 Invitation to rededication service, Wesleyan church, Newbridge. 1979 Analysis of churches in the circuit (including financial status of members) News cutting 1948-78 File of newscutting re: Risca Floods of 1979 with copy letters to Division of Social Responsibility and the Methodist Recorder, with article on the floods for the Recorder and resulting news cutting (labelled not accurate); also notes re. householders and damage suffered. 1979-80 CHAPEL RECORDS Crosskeys Ponywaun (High St.) Chapel 1948-1980 

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Chapel Records 


Crosskeys - Pontywaun (High St.) Chapel 

 D2111/1 Trustees' Treasurer's Account Book 1946-1972 

Crosskeys - Gladstone St Chapel (later Crosskeys on union with Pontywaun) 

 D2111/12 Women's Own Minute Book 1954-1982 

 D2111/13 Women's Own Account Book 1957-1983 

 D2111/14 Women's Own Attendance Register 1967-1980 

 D2111/15 Packet of miscellaneous papers: Chapel newsletter (1980-1981), Programme for BBC TV filming of "Songs of Praise" at Hope Baptist Church Crosskeys (1982), Programmme for Choral Festival at Hope Baptist Church (1982) 1980-1981, 1982 

Crumlin Hillside 

 D2111/16 Papers re: sale (1977-1981) including application for closure, (1977) sanction for sale (1977), notice of final service (1977) corrospondence (1978-1979), Site plan (N.D.), account re: sale and proceeds (1979) correspondance re erasure of distintive markings 1979-80 details for "blue return" 1981 c20 items Llanhilleth 7/5-1 1977-1981 


 D2111/17 Trustees' Minute Book including loose list of trustees (1928), and report to Abertillery Disablement Advisory Committee (1954) 1921-1945 

Newbridge Wesleyan 

 D2111/18 Trustees' Minute Book 1917-1921 

 D2111/19 Trustees' Minute Book, with loose papers 1909/1910, 1939-1949 and 1921-1949 (old ref. 7/8) 1 file of letters 1916-1917 1921-1949 

 D2111/20 Trustees' Minute Book, including list of trustees, copy loose a/cs. (1963-1964) and copy quotation for radiators etc. (1963) 1949-1965 

 D2111/21 Papers re: building accounts (old ref. 12/3) Correspondence, notes etc. re: building of new church. (18 items) 1951-1956 

Risca, Ebenezer (P.M.)/St. John's (Wesleyan) amalgamated as Trinity 

 D2111/22 Ebenezer, Leaders' Meeting Minutes with loose papers including membership card of International Bible Reading Association 1935-1948 

 D2111/23 St. John's and Ebenezer, Joint Leaders' Meeting Minutes 1962-1969 

 D2111/24 Packet of miscellaneous papers re: St. John's (old ref. 11/4) Booklet - "Records of Gospel Triumphs in the Risca Circuit" 1906 - including Risca, Pontywain, Machen, Abercarn, Blackwood, Fleur de Lis, Newbridge, Crumlin, Trinant, Pontllanfraith, Llanhilleth, Plas (Fair View, Bedwellty), Maesycwmmer, Cwmfelinfach, with photographs, plan of circuit area etc. Invitation to stone - laying ceremony, Wesleyan Sunday School 1912 Order of Service: opening of church after reconstruction with dedication of memorial organ (2 copies) 1926 List of subsciptions to an appeal (N.D.) Circular letter from ministers (1930) Programme - dedication of Risca War Memorial (1932) "Royal Silver Jubilee Celebrations" (1935) Papers re Sunday School centenary, including lists of Superintendents, Secretaries, librarians and doorkeepers (N.D.) Copies of Risca and Crosskeys Advertiser viz: 1928 - article on centenary services, Wesley Sunday School, 1930 - article on Armistice Sunday services at Wesleyan Church 1937 - article on Methodism in Risca 19 items 1906-1937 

 D2111/25 Trinity, Leaders and General Church Meeting Minutes 1969-1977 

 D2111/26 Trinity Church Magazine 1976-1979 (old ref. 7/6/1) with notice of meetings and financial report re: decoration (1977) Programme - Risca Festival (1976) Programme - Anniversary Services 1977 Programme - Bazaar 1978 15 items 1976-1979 

Trinant (Wesleyan) 

 D2111/27 Trustees' Meeting Minutes (from the formation of the trust) 1900-1949 (old ref. 7/7/1) Leaders Meeting Minutes (written up from back of volume) 1914-1945 1900-1949 

Ty Sign, St. David's Shared Church 

 D2111/28 Community Centre Concert Programmes (old ref. 11/5) [1975, 1977] 

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