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Chirk Castle Estate Records

  • GB 0210 CHIRK
  • Fonds
  • 1284-[c. 1852]

Estate and family records of the Chirk Castle estate, mainly in Denbighshire, comprising deeds from 1284; manorial records, mainly of the lordship of Chirk and Chirkland, 1322-1853, including receiver's accounts, ministers' accounts, court rolls, etc.; records of the estate's involvement in the coal, iron and lead industries in Denbighshire from 17 cent.; Denbighshire Quarter Sessions records, including order books, 1647-1675, rolls, 1643-1699, and a book of indictments, 1670-1690; Denbighshire militia records, 1602-1797, and related local government records, 1602-1811; business papers of Sir Thomas Myddelton (1550-1631); personal and estate correspondence from c.1600; literary manuscripts, c.1630-1887; and parliamentary election papers for Denbighshire and Denbigh boroughs, 1681-1852, including papers relating to quo warranto proceedings against the mayor and burgeses of Holt, 1739-1743.
Ten designs for stained glass panels, with armorial pedigree of the Myddelton family attributed to A. W. N. Pugin and John Hardman Powell; three hundred and thirty-two volumes relating to the Chirk Castle estates; a collection of miscellaneous volumes and documents relating to the Chirk Castle estates, including an account book of the Nangwrud Slate Quarry, rentals books, account books, volumes relating to the Black Park Colliery, a rabbit account book, and other papers; and an indenture, 1812, relating to Bodlith, Llansilin, part of the Chirk Castle estate were acquired. These remain uncatalogued.
A manuscript account book for Sir Richard Myddelton's properties at Chirk Castle and Soho Square, London, 1686-1700 and 1748-1752.
A manuscript Steward's letter-book relating to Chirk Castle, 183501838.

Myddelton family, of Gwaenynog, Denbigh, Chirk and Ruthin, Denbighshire, London, and Essex

D. J. Saer's Story of Cardiganshire

  • NLW MS 16352D.
  • File
  • [?1911]

Original manuscript draft, [?1911], of D. J. Saer, The Story of Cardiganshire (Cardiff, [1911]), a volume for schoolchildren, describing the geography and history of the county, published as part of the Welsh County Series.
The manuscript consists of the main text (ff. 1-140) with many annotations and corrections (including new sections pasted in on ff. 2, 3, 27), a list of notable Cardiganshire men (ff. 141-150), glossary (ff. 151-152), bibliography (f. 153) and contents (ff. 154-155). Draft versions of maps and diagrams are on ff. 2, 156-165; several photographs, including some reproduced in the printed version, are pasted in on ff. 14, 18, 24, 25, 28, 33, 35, 83, 87, 89, 90. The preface, list of maps and pictures and index are not included.

Saer, D. J. (David John), 1868-1928.

Development Board For Rural Wales records

  • GB 0210 DBRW
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1995 (accumulated 1977-1995)

Development Board for Rural Wales records, containing minutes and other papers of the Board and various committees, 1977-1994; general administrative files concerning the establishment of the Board, its functions and responsibilities, and correspondence with other organizations, 1966-1990; construction files containing correspondence, contracts and estate plans relating to housing and industrial developments executed by the Board, particularly in Newtown, 1968-1993; records such as correspondence, minutes, notes and other papers relating to research studies on economic and social life in Mid-Wales carried out by the Board, 1968-1995; files relating to the Board's marketing and promotional strategy, 1978-1991; and press releases, 1977-1990; Mid-Wales Development Corporation records, 1962-1979, including annual reports, 1969-1977, minutes and papers of the Board and various committees, 1968-1979, and seal registers relating to MWDC projects, 1968-1976, containing compulsory purchase orders, contracts, leases and other documents.

An additional three files relating to the Development Board for Rural Wales, being DB/CF/101/1; DB/CF/101/2; DB/CF/101/3 – (Extension to Goodall & Swanwick factories at Dolgellau; factories at Dolgellau; and extension to Marian Park Industrial Estate, Dolgellau). These remain uncatalogued, and are closed for ten years from the date of the latest document in each file.

Development Board for Rural Wales

John Cowper Powys letters,

  • NLW ex 2128.
  • File
  • 1958-1960.

Five letters and a post card from John Cowper Powys, Blaenau Ffestiniog, to Mrs. Olwen Caradog Evans, Conwy.

Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963

John Cowper Powys letters to W. Disspain

  • NLW MS 23708B
  • File
  • 1935-1962

Two letters, 1955, from John Cowper Powys and one, 1962, written on his behalf by Frederick Davies, to W. Disspain of Kingston-on-Thames, tipped in a copy of the writer's The Art of Happiness (London, 1935), inscribed by him for Mr Disspain.
The inscription, dated 9 February 1955, on the fly leaf, consists of a seven line quotation, in Greek with English translation, from the Iliad. A notice of Powys' death from The Times, 18 [recte 19] June 1963, is pasted onto the same leaf.

Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963

John Cowper Powys letters to Marjorie Tilden

  • NLW MS 21684C
  • File
  • 1945-1961

Some fifty-six letters, 1945-1961, from John Cowper Powys to the poet Marjorie Tilden encouraging her to persevere with her writing; together with two letters from Littleton Powys to Miss Tilden, and about sixteen from Lord Dunsany and Lady ? Dunsany discussing and praising her work.
There are also copies of extracts from some of the letters presumably in the poet's own hand and two volumes of her poetry Songs and Sonnets (1942), and Star Crossed (1947 and 1966) for which J. C. Powys contributed the foreword.

Tilden, Marjorie.

John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter letters to Miss M. L. Gay

  • NLW MS 21683C
  • File
  • 1957-1964

Eight letters, 1957-1961, from John Cowper Powys, Blaenau Ffestiniog, to Miss Marjorie L. Gay, Edinburgh, together with two letters, 1960, 1964, from Phyllis Playter, Blaenau Ffestiniog, to Miss Gay.

Playter, Phyllis

Books from the library of Evan Roberts, Llandderfel,

  • NLW ex 2406.
  • File
  • 1925-1966.

A copy of John Ceiriog Hughes, Caneuon Ceiriog ([Newtown], 1925), a selection of Ceiriog’s poems presented to John Cowper Powys on his birthday, 8 October 1954, by Redwood and Gwyneth [Anderson], including a letter from Phyllis Playter, 1966, to Evan Roberts, giving the book to him. There is also a copy of Llewelyn Powys, The cradle of God (London, 1949), presented by John Cowper Powys to his 'friend of many years' Evan Roberts, in 1949.

Playter, Phyllis

Miscellaneous letters and papers

  • NLW MS 23699E.
  • File
  • [early 18 cent.]-1998

A collection of miscellaneous letters and papers, [early 18 cent.]-1998, purchased or received by donation from various sources by the National Library of Wales during the period 1997-2004, and bound as one volume. A list of contents has been placed at the front of the volume (ff. i-viii).

Miscellaneous letters and papers

  • NLW MS 23980F.
  • File
  • 1698-1969

A collection of miscellaneous letters and papers, 1698-1969, purchased or received by donation from various sources by the National Library of Wales during the period September 2004-April 2013 and boxed as one volume.

Miscellaneous letters and papers

  • NLW MS 24044D.
  • File
  • 1645-[1993x1999]

A collection of miscellaneous letters and papers, 1645-[1993x1999], purchased or received by donation from various sources by the National Library of Wales during the period April 2013-November 2020 and boxed as one volume.

Miscellaneous letters and papers

  • NLW MS 23925E.
  • File
  • 1804-2005

A collection of miscellaneous letters and papers, 1804-2005, purchased or received by donation from various sources by the National Library of Wales during the period May 2004-May 2008 and boxed as one volume.

Miscellaneous letters and papers

  • NLW MS 24045F.
  • File
  • [?1610]-[?late 20 cent.]

A collection of miscellaneous letters and papers, [?1610]-[?late 20 cent.], purchased or received by donation from various sources by the National Library of Wales during the period July 2013-May 2021 and boxed as one volume. A list of contents is included (f. i).

Miscellaneous letters and papers

  • NLW MS 23981E.
  • File
  • 1757-1993 (mostly 1872-1993)

A collection of miscellaneous letters and papers, 1757-1993, purchased or received by donation from various sources by the National Library of Wales during the period June 2008-May 2013 and boxed as one volume.

James Griffiths papers

  • GB 0210 JAMTHS
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1975 (accumulated 1912-1975)

Letters, newspaper cuttings, notes, pamphlets and periodicals, typescripts, reports, volumes of parliamentary debates, and other papers of James Griffiths relating to the following: the coal industry and the South Wales Miners' Federation, 1912-1967; the Labour Party, 1919-1975; the Central Labour College, 1919-1922; National Insurance, 1931-1954; the Colonies, 1939-1972; his work as Secretary of State for Wales, 1964-1966; papers relating to Welsh affairs including devolution, the Welsh Reconstruction Advisory Council, education and local government reorganization, 1935-1975; constituency affairs, 1937-1969; overseas visits, 1936-1968; the Nigeria-Biafra War, 1968-1970; papers relating to his autobiography Pages from Memory, including letters from Gwilym Prys Davies and others, 1961-1969, notebooks, [1960s], typescripts, [1964]-1969, and cuttings of reviews, 1969; unpublished reminiscences, 1955-1974; notes and typescripts for lectures and speeches, 1940-1971; typescripts of broadcasts by Griffiths, 1937-1967; typescripts of articles and reviews, 1940-1974; newspaper cuttings, 1919-1974; and other miscellaneous personal matter, [1930s]-1975; and papers relating to Mrs Silyn Roberts, 1897-1954.

Griffiths, James, 1890-1975

Honouring T. H. Parry-Willliams

  • NLW ex 2873.
  • File
  • 1955

Letters, 1955, addressed mainly to T. I. Ellis, relating to securing a knighthood for Dr T. H. Parry-Williams 'for his services to Wales', including letters from Goronwy [Roberts] and James Griffiths. [He was knighted in 1958].

Ellis, T. I. (Thomas Iorwerth), 1899-1970

Caerynwch estate records

  • GB 0210 CAERYNWCH
  • Fonds
  • 1534-[c. 1872]

Family papers and estate records, 1534-1872, mainly of the Edwards family of Cerrigllwydion, Denbighshire, and Dolserau, Merioneth, with a smaller amount of material of the Richards family of Caerynuwch, including family and estate letters, 1776-1859, deeds relating to the estate in Merioneth, Denbighshire and Flintshire, 1534-1859, and miscellaneous papers (mainly financial), [late 17 cent.]-1872.

Edwards family, of Cerrigllwydion, Denbighshire and Dolserau, Merionethshire

Robert Graves letters,

  • NLW MS 23931D.
  • File
  • [1966]-1973

Eleven letters, [1966]-1973, from the poet and novelist Robert Graves, to Owen M. Roberts, Bickley, Kent, his comrade in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, whom Graves credited with saving his life at High Wood in July 1916, during the Somme offensive (ff. 1-3, 5-12).
Also included is a carbon copy typescript letter from Roberts to Graves, 1 January 1968 (f. 4). The letters contain references to the battle at High Wood (ff. 1, 10), the Royal Welch Fusiliers (ff. 6, 8, 11), Siegfried Sassoon (ff. 1 verso, 2, 12 verso) and Harold Macmillan (f. 10 verso). Graves mentions Roberts in his autobiography, Goodbye to All That (London, 1929); Roberts's copy of the 1966 revised edition (see NLW ex 2334) contains an autograph dedication from Graves and a marginal gloss on p. 198.

Graves, Robert, 1895-1985

John Dyer manuscripts

  • GB 0210 MSDYER
  • Fonds
  • [c. 1722]-[c. 1855]

Papers, [c. 1722]-[c. 1855], of, or relating to, poet and artist John Dyer, including notebooks, [c. 1722]-1756, of John Dyer containing farming accounts, draft poems, extracts and miscellaneous memoranda; with additional material by William Hylton Dyer Longstaffe which includes genealogical notes, [c. 1850], relating to John Dyer, and transcripts, [1847x1855], of his poems.

Dyer, John, 1700?-1758

Bodelwyddan estate records

  • GB 0210 BODELWYDDAN
  • Fonds
  • 1788-1898

Deeds and documents of the Williams family of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire, relating to the Bodelwyddan, Bodidris and Pengwern estates in Flintshire and Denbighshire, 1788-1898.

Williams family, Bodelwyddan.

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