Document referenceD1440
Level of description Fonds
TitleJohn Reynolds of Cardiff, Papers
Date1940s-2002
Creator(s)Co-Operative Wholesale Scoiety
John Reynolds
BackgroundJohn Reynolds was born in Cardiff on 28 October 1925. His father worked for the Great Western Railway and the family moved around south Wales, living in Neath, Llanelli and Swansea. John Reynolds began work as a railway clerk with the GWR in 1941 and served in the Home Guard in Swansea during the Blitz. The family moved back to Cardiff in early 1943 and later that year John Reynolds joined the Navy (Fleet Air Arm). He trained as a wireless operator and was posted to Canada. He returned to Britain in 1945 and joined the Labour Party during the General Election campaign. He was discharged from the Navy in 1947 and returned to work on the railway. He became active in the Labour League of Youth and the Plasnewydd Ward Labour Party in Cardiff. He stood as the Labour candidate for Plasnewydd in the local elections in 1951 but was defeated by the Conservatives.
He joined Cardiff Co-operative Society in the 1940s and was a member of the CWS Retail Advisory Committeee in the 1950s.
In 1952 he began a teacher training course at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He gained his teaching certificate in 1954 and started work at a junior school in Llanrumney. He later taught history and religious knowledge at Ninian Park Secondary Modern School.
During the 1950s he was active in the Cardiff North Labour Party and acted as election agent in various general elections. He was also a member of the Cardiff Executive of the NUT and editor of 'Cymric Democrat'.
He married Dorothy Leigh in 1955 and they had a son (Peter Reynolds, a composer, who died in 2016) and daughter. Throughout their married life they lived in Richmond Road, Cardiff.
In 1962 he was adopted as prospective parliamentary candidate for Cardiff North, but was defeated by the Conservatives in the 1964 General Election.
In 1962 he gained a BSc degree (London) and in 1965 started work as a lecturer in the Cardiff College of Further Education lecturing in local government. He also continued his work with the co-operative movement being elected to the CRS Regional Committee in the late 1960s and becoming secretary of the South Wales Region of the Co-operative Party from the early 1970s.
In 1973 he was elected as councillor for Llanrumney Ward and soon became Chairman of Finance on Cardiff City Council.
He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the City of Cardiff in 1977.
In 1983 he became leader of the Labour Group and in 1987 Leader of Cardiff City Council. He was involved in the development of St David's Hall, Cardiff and was a member of the board of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation.
He died in 1990. The John Reynolds Centre in Llanrumney is named after him.
DescriptionCorrespondence and records relating to John Reynolds' membership of the Labour Party and work as a Cardiff Councillor. Also papers relating to the development of St David's Hall and Cardiff Bay Development Corporation
ArrangementChronological within record series.
LanguageEnglish
Extent2 boxes
Physical characteristicsGood condition
AppraisalAll records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.
Source of AcquisitionDonated by Angela Tillock, May 2017
Finding AidsA detailed catalogue is available online.
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