The 75th deposit received by Glamorgan Archives in 1976 was the Rhymney Valley Water Board Records. The Board was established in 1921, after many years of campaigning leading to the passing of the Rhymney Valley Water Board Bill.
The Board was comprised of councillors from Gelligaer, Bedwellty, Bedwas and Machen, Mynyddislwyn, Rhymney and Caerphilly. It had the power to acquire certain water undertakings and works and to construct new works, as well as to supply water. The water itself came from the Taf Fechan Water Supply Board, whose records we also hold at Glamorgan Archives.
Although the Board was established in 1921 the records date from 1916; these early items comprise newspaper cuttings tracking reports on the campaign for the creation of the Board. The records continue until 1966.
The Rhymney Valley Water Board Records comprise 45 volumes of minute books, accounts, engineers’ reports and newspaper cuttings.
The records of municipal boards like the Rhymney Valley Water Board are a rich source of information for anyone studying the evolution of local government and local politics in Wales.