The 1889 Cardiff County Borough Council election was held on Friday 1 November 1889 to elect councillors to Cardiff County Borough Council in Cardiff, Wales. These were the first all-Cardiff elections since the creation of the county borough. The previous full elections were to Cardiff Town Council in November 1888.


Cardiff had become a county borough on 1 April 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888. With its municipal year running from November, the November 1889 elections were the first all-Cardiff elections in the town since becoming a county borough.[1] Not all council seats were up for election, because councillors stood down for election in rotation. The next all-Cardiff election took place on 1 November 1890.

In 1889 the council consisted of 30 councillors who were elected by the town's voters and ten aldermen who were elected by the councillors.[1]

Overview of the result

Contests took place in only two wards, the West ward and the Canton ward, which both elected two councillors.[2] There were contrasting results in these wards, which the South Wales Daily News put down largely to the winning side being better organised, generally with more vehicles available to carry voters to the polling stations. In the West ward, Conservative candidate Mr E.J. Smith was president of the local Lincensed Victuallers Association, so secured the support of every publican.[2]

The correspondent in the South Wales Daily News points to the recent South ward by-election, which had happened only five weeks beforehand and should have been a warning to the Liberals in the November election.[2] The South ward by-election took place on 23 September in the docks area of the town and had been won by the Conservative candidate, their first representation in the ward since before 1886.[3]

Ward results


Canton ward 1889 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mr S. Mildon * 1,345
Liberal Mr W. Sanders * 1,272
Independent Mr H. Butler 837
Liberal hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing


West ward 1889 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Mr W. C Hurley 732
Conservative Mr E. J. Smith 700
Liberal Mr Joseph Henry Jones * 652
Liberal Mr E. Thomas 594
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

* = 'retiring' ward councillor for re-election


  1. ^ a b B. W. Row, F. G. Squire (1974), Cardiff 1889-1974 - The Story of the County Borough, The Corporation of Cardiff, City Hall, Cardiff, pp. 14–16
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Municipal Elections - Cardiff". South Wales Daily News. 2 November 1889. p. 6 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.
  3. ^ "Cardiff South Ward Election - The Radical Dodge Defeated". The Western Mail. 24 September 1889. p. 3 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.