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2006 Blaenau Gwent By-election

Papers relating to the 2006 Blaenau Gwent By-election for both Welsh Assembly and UK Parliament seats, consisting of printed material from web pages, press cuttings, and candidates' campaign material and election addresses.

Abernantbychan leases, notices to quit and other tenancy papers

Various papers relating to leasing and tenancies on the Abernantbychan estate, 1815-(Postmark 1906). They comprise notices to tenants to quit, 1815; papers concerning the ejectment of Hannah Jones of Blaenantfflyman, 1855-1856; letters and papers about a new valuation of the Abernantbychan estate, 1857-1858; and papers relating to leases of Waunmendy, Cefnceirw and Pembroke Castle, 1890-(Postmark 1906)

Administration and trust papers of Pryse Loveden

Papers relating to the adminstration of Pryse Loveden of Gogerddan, who died intestate in 1855. They include the letters of administration, together with accounts of his trustees, Hon. Thomas Pryce Lloyd of Pengwern, Flintshire, and Rev. James Allen of Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, 1846-1862; vouchers of Capt. Edward Lewis Pryse, who acted as the agent for the Gogerddan estate, 1855-1858; letters exchanged between the solicitors Boys and Tweedie and the trustees and agents, copies and abstracts of deeds, and other relevant papers, 1855-1862.

Breconshire title deeds

Title deeds of the Breconshire estate belonging to the Lewes (Lewis) family of Borden, Hurst and Aberrnantbychan, and later to the Pryses of Gogerddan, 1488-1774. The estate included the manor of Trewallter and Priors Court in Llan-gors, and other properties in the parishes of Brecon, Llanfihangel Nant Bran, Llanfihangel Tal-y-llyn, Llangasty Tal-y-llyn, Llywel and Merthyr Cynog. In addition to Lewes, other prominent family names are Games, Watkins and Vaughan

Corwen deeds and documents

Title deeds of houses and lands belonging to the Rug estate in the townships of Bonwm and Rhagad, and the parish of Corwen, 1529-1717. Boundary clauses consistently refer to the river Llechog and the house of John ap David ap John. The properties include Ty y Monwm, Y Penty Mawr, Y Ty Wen, Yr Ardd Newydd, Erw Dole Woogan, Erw'r Llechwedd, etc., most of which were purchased by Eubule Thelwall of Nantclwyd, Denbighshire, between 1659 and 1684. Other recurring names include John Thomas ap Robert [ap Rees ap Thomas], John Lloyd of Rhagad, John Mathew, Mathew Lewis, Owen ap John ap Howell and John ap Edward ap David ap Ieuan

Deeds of the Probyn family

Deeds relating to lands in south Wales belonging to members of the Probyn family of Newland, Gloucestershire, including Sir Edmund Probyn, his nephew John Hopkins, son of his sister Sarah, who was E.P.’s heir and took the name Probyn after his uncle’s death, and Edward Probyn the younger, 1719-1785.

Deeds relating to properties at Bryn-mawr, Llangatwg and Llanelli, Breconshire

Deeds for several leasehold properties owned by the Dukes of Beaufort, situated in King Street, Glamorgan Street, Orchard Street and Cemetery Road, Bryn-mawr, in the parishes of Llangatwg and Llanelli, co. Brecon, 1846-1889, endorsed with licences to assign, up to 1895. The properties include several cottages and houses with gardens, some of which were later divided into smaller dwellings, and a stable and coach house. The successive lessees appear to have been mostly tradesmen such as drapers, shoemakers, grocers, publicans, a postmaster, a druggist, William Evans the gas manager, and professionals such as a surgeon and a nonconformist minister. The names of several women appear, usually as executrices of the respective lessees.


Notebooks of various sizes containing journal entries,1921-1948, of Ronald Lockley. There are summary notes of important and interesting events recorded in his diaries written on the inside covers of his journals such as his publications and expeditions.

Diaries of Lady Marjorie Pryse (formerly Howell)

  • GQB1
  • Series
  • 1926-1987 (missing 1932, 1935, 1943, 1949-1950, 1955, 1959-1962, 1966-1969, 1971, 1973, 1975-1983)
  • Part of Gogerddan Estate Records

Personal diaries of Lady Marjorie Pryse (formerly Howell), 1926-198?, with gaps. It is not known whether diaries for the missing years existed.. The early diaries record her life as a student at the Conservatoire de Paris, 1926-1927, her love affair with the Polish pianist, Auguste de Radwan, and in 1929, her travels in Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Poland, often naming the venues and other famous musicians that she encountered. The diaries include colourful remarks on the travelling conditions, hotel accommodation, scenery, local inhabitants, operas, art galleries, historical attractions and social events. From 1930 there is evidence of her developing attraction to Sir Lewes Pryse. The remaining volumes, 1930-1987, record mainly Marjorie’s life in Cardiganshire at Gogerddan and Ffynnon Caradog, her marriage in 1938, Sir Lewes’s death and her widowhood from 1946. There are also accounts of further trips to Europe, 1930, 1936-1939, and visits to Shetland, London, and elsewhere in England and Wales. Throughout the diaries there are innumerable comments on her personal friends and acquaintances in Britain and on the continent, both high society and local figures alike. They also reveal her love of the countryside, literature, her own poetry, her emotions and capricious love affairs. The entries of the volumes for 1926-1939 are the most detailed, becoming sparser and more sporadic in the later ones. The diaries for 1937-1958 include (variably) records of milk yields, stock-breeding, farm accounts, notes and Christmas lists.

Groups, organisations and projects,

Papers collected and collated by Peter Reynolds for research and reference. The files are arranged by the original subject titles, papers reflect interests, projects and promotional work.

Index of Candidates A-Z

Biographical material, (1885-2017), including campaign material, printouts, press cuttings, photographic prints, and copies of cuttings from published and printed material, relating to Welsh Assembly candidates and UK Parliamentary candidates standing in Welsh constituencies in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Literary papers

Seventy-two items of Phyllis Plater, nineteen items of which are a collection referred to by her as 'Precious, Precious'. The papers mainly comprise draft prose and poetry by Phyllis Playter, together with three items taken from printed sources. Inserted into both sets of papers are notes on the material by Powys biographer Morine Krissdottir. Also included is a hardcover notebook containing draft prose and personal memoranda by Phyllis Playter.

Minutes of 'Cymdeithas Cymry Caerodor'

Minutes of the Committee meetings of Cymdeithas Cymry Caerodor (Bristol Welsh Society), 1948-2018 (with gaps), primarily including the minutes of the General Committee and Annual General Meetings; and also including minutes of the Emergency Committee; Inter-town Co-ordinating Committee; Special Committee; and Extra-ordinary General Meetings.

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