Fonds GB 0210 RIDGEWAY - Foley of Ridgeway Collection

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Foley of Ridgeway Collection


  • 1365-1869 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.172 cubic meters (6 boxes, 1 folder)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

The Foley family were descended from a John Foley, architect to the bishops of St Davids and constable of Llawhaden castle in the 14th century. Richard Foley is mentioned in regard to Ridgeway in 1711. John Foley built a new house there which was completed in 1741. In 1811 the estate was owned by John Herbert Foley who married Emily Ann Chambers of Totteridge, Hertfordshire, in 1794. By 1871 Ridgeway was the seat of a R. P. Davies.

Archival history

The papers were formerly in the possession of Messrs Richard Furber & Son, 2 Gray's Inn Square, London, before they were deposited at NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by A.T. Woods, 2 Gray's Inn Square, London, WC1 per The British Records Association (B.R.A. 1933) in 1964, followed by a donation of some 200 letters by Mrs Sylvia R. Woods, Burford, Oxfordshire, in March 2001 (item no. 350).

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Scope and content

Deeds and documents relating to the estate of the Foley family of Ridgeway, Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire, mainly in that county, 1365-1869, together with letters, 1815-1851, from the agents and solicitors of Mrs Emily Foley relting mainly to her estate in Kent.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at/donated to NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically

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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

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in NLW.

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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

June 2001


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959), Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their families, (Newport, 1996).

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