- 1465-2016 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
23.10 cubic metres (736 boxes)
Name of creator
The records were formerly kept in the Diocesan Registry, Diocesan Offices, the Bishop's Palace, Llandaff Cathedral, and the Glamorgan Record Office
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by the Diocesan Registry, various Bishops of Llandaff, and various diocesan offices
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Scope and content
Records relating to the administration of the diocese of Llandaff and Dean and Chapter of Llandaff Cathedral from the seventeenth century, comprising episcopal registers, bishops' transcripts, marriage bonds and affidavits, and chapter act books, as well as records relating to: the ordination, appointment and resignation of clergymen and other individuals; the licensing of curates and other individuals; the licensing and consecration of land and buildings; faculty papers; dilapidations and sequestrations; augmentations, the creation of new parishes and boundary changes; dissenters' meeting houses; episcopal revenues and accounts; charities; parochial returns; deeds; consistory courts; visitations; correspondence; and miscellaneous volumes and papers.
Additional papers of the Diocese of Llandaf comprising the Bishop's Visitations for 2002 and 2006 - 9 large archive boxes in April 2015.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Accruals are expected
System of arrangement
The records listed under the sub-fonds "Diocesan Records", are arranged according to the original printed catalogue "A Schedule of the Church in Wales Records, The Diocese of Llandaff, Vols I-XI", (1953) are as follows: episcopal registers; subscription books; books of precedent and form; ordination papers; registers of stipendiary licences; appointments to stipendiary curacies; miscellaneous appointments; notices to quit curacies and revocation of licences; appointments to benefices, etc.; documents relating to election of bishops, etc.; resignations; non-residence registers; non-residence papers; licences for surgery and midwifery; appointments of surrogates, chancellors, and registrars; lay clergy papers; bishops' transcripts; marriage bonds and affidavits; Orders in Council; schemes and representations; instruments of Ecclesiastical Commissioners; terriers; consecrations; licences for the solemnisation of marriages; licences for divine service; faculties; dilapidations; sequestrations; Queen Anne's Bounty; applications for the registration of dissenters' meeting-houses; registers of transfer of patronage; transfer and settlement of patronage; parochial returns; volumes containing particulars of benefices; returns to the Privy Council re. benefices; tithe documents and papers; visitation queries and answers; visitation clergy books; visitation wardens' books; visitation fee books; visitation notices; visitations varia; convocation papers; Welsh Church Commission volumes and papers; Thomas ap Howell's charity; marine papers; Bishop of Llandaff's fund; minor classes; miscellaneous deeds and related documents; letter-books; miscellaneous correspondence; account-books; miscellaneous accounts; miscellaneous volumes; miscellanea; consistory court papers (general); consistory court bound volumes; consistory court citations (general); consistory court monitions (general); consistory court papers (probate); consistory court citations (probate); consistory court monitions (probate); consistory court records (probate): inventories and accounts, tutorial bonds, and letters tutorial; chapter records. Later deposits (primarily post-disestablishment) are catalogued according to a modern corporate structure: Archidiaconal papers, Diocesan Conference papers, Chapter Records, Bishop's papers, Visitation records, Diocesan Council for Mission Papers and Diocesan Registry.
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Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.
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A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW.
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Compiled by Michael J. Pearson. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: