Fonds GB 0210 DINWIS - Dinas Powis Estate Records,

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Dinas Powis Estate Records,


  • 1455, 1514-1914 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.123 cubic metres (5 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

In 1600 Sir William Herbert of Cogan Pill purchased a portion of the manor of Dinas Powis from Elizabeth I, to add to the portion that was already his through inheritance. He appears to have been succeeded by 1610 by Sir John Herbert (d. c. 1619), sometime secretary to the Privy Council. By 1665, a moiety of the manor of Dinas Powis appears to have passed to Robert Greville (c. 1638-1676), baron Brooke of Warwick Castle, whose descendants sold the moiety to William Hurst of Gabalfa, Cardiff, around 1766. This Dinas Powis estate appears to have been sold to Henry Lee in about 1816, after the death of William Hurst (d. c. 1801) and of his widow (d. c. 1816). Other members of the Lee family include Edward Herbert Lee (alive 1839-1841) of Dinas Powis, esq., his son Rev. Henry Thomas Lee (fl. 1839-1868), and Major-general H. H. Lee (fl. 1879-1919) of Dinas Powis. The Wenvoe Castle estate also had an interest in the manor of Dinas Powis, 1839-1897, perhaps owning the other moiety.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited in three groups

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Scope and content

Records, 1455-1919, of the Lee family of Dinas Powis, Glamorgan, and their predecessors, including rentals of the manor of Dinas Powis and of the Dinas Powis estate, 1610, 1671-1906, surveys of the same, 1566-1610; title deeds, legal papers and correspondence, 1514-1919 (mainly post-1640) relating to properties in Glamorgan, Monmouthshire and Breconshire; records relating to the Friars estate, Glamorgan, of William Hurst, including a survey and rentals, 1777-1786. The archive also includes deeds relating to the estates of the Lords Brooke in Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically within the three deposits, Nov. 1933 (1455-1914), April 1971 ([18 cent]-1837) and June 1971 (1767-1902).

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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.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

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Finding aids

Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers relating to the manor of Dinas Powis, [?1373]-[18 cent.], are NLW,Bute M 10/1-16 and S 7; rents and accounts, 1668-1670, are NLW, Penrice and Margam 5663 and 2780, and an account book for Dinas Powis and other manors, 1759-1761, is NLW, Tredegar MSS 139. Copies of records, 1565-1716, are NLW MSS 5211E and 6947E. Other records relating to the manor of Dinas Powis are in the PRO, including ministers' accounts, 1414-1416 (PRO, SC 6/1112/22), 1491-1492 (PRO, DL 29/10334), 1514-1518 (PRO, SC 6/Hen VIII/5143-5145), 1542-1547 (PRO, SC 6/Hen VIII/5146-5149), a survey of 1566 (PRO, LR 2/237, ff. 11-17, and LR 2/238, ff. 12-19), and estreat rolls, with other manors, 1581-1599 (PRO, LR 11/55/795-56/807).

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

September 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Stephen Benham.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Complete Peerage (London, 8 vols, 1887-1898), vol. 1;

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