Summary Information

Gwent Archives
Abergavenny Wesleyan, Brynmawr Wesleyan, Ebbw Vale Methodist, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar, Methodist Circuits and Chapels within the same
c1853 - 1984
0.06 Cubic Metres

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Biographical/Historical note

The Methodist Circuit is part of the organisational structure of Wesleyan Methodism, comprising two or more churches under a Superintendent Minister and with other ministers according to the number of members. Preaching appointments for ministers and local preachers are organised by the Circuits and advertised on a Circuit Plan. Circuits are usually named after the town or village that is the Head of the Circuit. Above this in the organisational structure, the Circuits are grouped into Districts, which form the 'Methodist Connexion' or national Methodist church under the authority of the Methodist Conference.

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Scope and Contents note

Abergavenny Wesleyan Methodist Circuit registers of baptisms, 1853-1892; Brynmawr Wesleyan Methodist Circuit registers of baptisms, 1849-1911; quarterly meetings minute books, 1864-1924; local preachers' meetings minute books, 1901-1947; Sunday School Union minute book, 1878-1885; Ebbw Vale Circuit correspondence, plans and newspaper cuttings, 1961-1964; Ebbw Vale and Tredegar Wesleyan Methodist Circuit trustees and church officers' minutes and accounts c.1940's - c.1980; James Street, Tredegar, Sunday School attendances and teachers' roll c.1940's - c.1960's; Nantyglo Wesleyan Church baptism register 1840-1892; correspondence with the General Register Office 1983-1984.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright conditions apply.

Accruals note

Accruals possible.

Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

see also D2159

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Wesleyan Church Records-Wales-Monmouthshire

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Other Finding Aids note

A hard copy catalogue is available at Gwent Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Circuit Records 

Abergavenny Wesleyan Circuit 

 D2395/1 Register of Baptisms 1853-1870 

 D2395/2 Register of Baptisms 1870-1892 

Brynmawr Wesleyan Circuit 

 D2395/3 Register of Baptisms at Brynmawr Chapel and elsewhere 1850-1911 

 D2395/4 Register of Baptisms at Ebbw Vale Chapel and elsewhere For Register of Baptisms at Ebbw Vale Chapel and elsewhere 188-1919 see D2159/15 1849-1882 

 D2395/5 Quarterly meetings Minute Book 1864-1882 

 D2395/6 Quarterly meetings Minute Book 1883-1901 

 D2395/7 Quarterly meetings Minute Book 1901-1918 

 D2395/8 Quarterly meetings Minute Book For Quarterly meetings minute books 1924 - 1963 see D2159/8-11 1913-1924 

 D2395/9 Local Preachers Minute Books For local Preachers meetings minute book, 1947-1963 see D2159/13 1901-1947 

 D2395/10 Sunday School Union Minute Book 1878-1885 

Ebbw Vale Circuit 

 D2395/11 Correspondence, plans, newspaper cuttings and other papers regarding a proposed Methodist Church on the Garnlydan Estate, Ebbw Vale (some of the papers date from before the Ebbw Vale Circuit was formed out of the Bryn Mawr Circuit in 1963 bundle) 1961-1964 

Ebbw Vale and Tredegar Circuit 

 D2395/12 Correspondence with the General register office, solicitors and others regarding James St. and Walter St. Methodist Churches, Tredegar (11 items) 1983-1984 

 D2395/13 Correspondence, bank statements, account book, bank book, cheque book counterfoil and other papers regarding the closure, demolition and sale of the site of Waunlwyd Methodist Church (some of these papers date from the time of the Ebbw Vale Circuit) 1965-1985 

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Chapel Records 

Ebenezer (Primitive Methodist) Church, Beaufort 

 D2395/14 Trustee Meetings Minute Book and Church Council Minutes 1977-1978 

 D2395/15 Account Book of income and expenditure 1972-1977 

 D2395/16 Men's Association Account Book including minutes 1948-1962, 1948-1963 

Tyllwyn (Primitive Methodist) Church, Eastville Road, Ebbw Vale 

 D2395/17 Church and Trustees' meetings Minute Book 1948-1976 

 D2395/18 Trust Account Book 1958-1974 

James St. (Primitive Methodist) Church, Tredegar 

 D2395/19 Leaders' Meetings Minute book 1943-1974 

 D2395/20 Church Council Meetings Minute Book 1974-1984 

 D2395/21 Minutes of the Joint Leaders and Trustees Meeting of James St. and Vale Metho Churches regarding the redevelopment of the Vale terrace site 94 type script fols. Found with D2395/19) 21 Jun 1972 

 D2395/22 Society Stewards Account Book 1947-1969 

 D2395/23 Society Stewards Accounts (bundle found with D2395/21) 1969-1975 

 D2395/24 Trustees treasure's Account Book 1947-1974 

 D2395/25 Trustees Treasure's Account Book 1974-1984 

 D2395/26 Collection Account Book 1975-1983 

 D2395/27 Sunday School Teacher's Roll 1941-1951 

 D2395/28 Sunday School Teacher's Roll 1961-1968 

 D2395/29 Register of Attendances of scholars in the Sunday School Primary Department 1942-1954 

 D2395.30 Sunday School Attendance Register 1955-1960 

 D2395/31 Sunday School Attendance Register with collection accounts c.1963-1975 

 D2395/32 Sunday School Group Register 1964-1965 

 D2395/33 Sunday School Secretary's Account Book 1938-1964 

 D2395/34 [Ladies Fellowship Collection Account Book] 1973-1983 

 D2395/35 Sunshine Fund Secretary's Account Book 1928-1967 

Mill Terrrace (Wesleyan) Church, Cwm 

 D2395/36 Trustee's Meetings Minute Book 1908-1942 

 D2395/37 Leaders' Meetings Minute Book 1911-1950 

James St. (Wesleyan) Church, Ebbw Vale 

 D2395/38 Society Steward's Account Book 1945-1968 

Nantyglo (Wesleyan) Church 1840-1892 

 D2395/39 Register of Baptisms 1840-1892 

Waunlwyd Wesleyan Church 

 D2395/40 Trustees' Meetings Minute Book, with note by Revd. bridges on the demolition of the Church by Blaenau Gwent District Council 1962-1982, 1985 

 D2395/41 Trust Account Book 1893-1919 

 D2395/42 Treasure's Account Book, with Leaders' meetings minutes 1906-1934, 1907-1910 

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