- 1541-[c.1864] / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.058 cubic metres (2 boxes)
Name of creator
Cilymaenllwyd mansion was at one time owned by the Mansells of Mudlescwm, Carmarthenshire. The mansion changed hands several times before it passed into the hands of the Howard-stepney family of Llanelly House, Carmarthenshire, early in the twentieth century and from them to the Murray-Threiplands. In 1985 Cilymaenllwyd mansion became a private nursing home.
The Stepney family was established at Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, from early in the second half of the sixteenth century until at least 1670. However, the house was in ruins by 1767, as the family had moved to Llanelli House, Carmarthenshire, rebuilt by Sir Thomas Stepney, the fifth baronet (d. 1744), and the Pembrokeshire estate was sold in 1772.
The family failed with the death of Sir Thomas Stepney (d. 1825), the ninth baronet. The family property passed to descendants on the female side who had married into the Gulston family of Derwydd, Carmarthenshire. They took the name of Stepney-Gulston, and later Cowall-Stepney. The estate eventually passed to Katherine Meriel Cowell Stepney, who married Sir E. Stafford Howard (d. 1916).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by Lady Howard Stepney in 1948.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers of the Stepney family of Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, and Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, mainly deeds relating to their estates in those counties, 1541-1787, including deeds concerning the working of coal in the Llanelli area of Carmarthenshire in the 17th-18th centuries; and family and business letters, 1706-1829, of the Stepney family including letters relating to the trading enterprises of Sir Thomas Stepney, seventh baronet, 1749-1767, which include letters from the masters of his ships, from other business firms, and from his agents in the main seaports of Wales and England as well as at continental centres of trade, such as Brest and Lisbon. Despite its title, there are no papers relating to the Cilymaenllwyd estate.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into two sections: deeds and papers, and letters.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
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Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
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Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families (Newport, 1997);