Fonds GB 0210 MSHAMWOOD - Hamwood Manuscripts

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Hamwood Manuscripts


  • 1774-1947 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

30 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Name of creator

Biographical history

Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, better-known as the 'Ladies of Llangollen', were both members of Irish aristocratic families. Having quickly established a relationship following their meeting in 1768, the women escaped the scandalised animosity of their home circle by setting up home at Plasnewydd, a Gothic-style house situated near Llangollen, Denbighshire. For the next fifty years, they lived a secluded and often penurious existence, while nevertheless receiving such notable visitors as the landowner, traveller and writer Anne Lister and the poets Robert Southey, William Wordsworth and Percy Shelley. Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby are both buried in the grounds of St Collen's Church, Llangollen, while Plasnewydd is now a museum dedicated to their lives.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Hamilton family (per A. R. Heath, Bristol); Hamwood, Dunboyne, co. Meath; Purchase; 1990.

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Scope and content

Papers, 1774-1947, of Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, popularly known as the 'Ladies of Llangollen', comprising diaries and correspondence, together with related papers.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22967-22996.

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, French, German, Italian.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Published in microform (see Ladies of Llangollen ... A Listing and Guide to the Microfilm Collection (Adam Matthew Publications, 1997)): copies are available at NLW (see NLW Films 999-1003).

Related units of description

For press cuttings and pamphlets acquired with the papers see NLW ex 1364.

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Publication note

Eva Mary Bell, The Hamwood Papers (London, 1930)

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Title based on name of residence of former owners.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

September 2017




The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003)

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan.

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