Fonds GB 0210 JOHLLOY - John Lloyd, Dinas, Collection,

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John Lloyd, Dinas, Collection,


  • 1323-1870 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.453 cubic metres (17 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Colonel Sir John Conway Lloyd (1878-1954) of Dinas, Brecon, was educated at Eton and Oxford. He married in 1903 and had three sons and two daughters. He was an active public figure in Breconshire, and a J.P., a member of Brecon Town Council, and a member of the County Council, which he represented on various public bodies including the courts of the National Museum and the universities of Cardiff and Aberystwyth. He was made sheriff of Breconshire in 1906, and knighted in 1938. He inherited the papers of his uncle, John Lloyd (1833-1915), including a large group of documents relating to the history of the South Wales ironworks. John Lloyd, political reformer and antiquary, was educated at Bridgnorth and Oxford. He married in 1865, and became a J.P. in the same year. In 1877 he was called to the Bar, and moved to London. He was a supporter of various causes, including the establishment of the London County Council, of which he became a member, and the removal of turnpike gates in his home county. He acquired numerous historical documents through his involvement in disputes concerning manorial rights. In addition, he rescued papers pertaining to the South Wales ironmasters from the office of the Brecon solicitor, Henry Maybery. His most notable works are Historical memoranda of Breconshire (1903, 1904), The Great Forest of Brecknock (1905), and The early history of the Old South Wales ironworks (1906).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Colonel Sir John C. Lloyd, Brecon, in 1938.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Documents collected by Col. Sir John Conway Lloyd, including over a thousand deeds, 1323-1870, relating to properties in the counties of Brecon, Glamorgan, Hereford, Monmouth, Radnor, Cardigan, Carmarthen, Gloucester, and London; together with various documents, including letters and papers relating to the Lloyd family and other estates. In addition, the archive consists of deeds and documents, 1588-1864, mainly of industrial interest accumulated by John Lloyd (1833-1915), pertaining to the New Weare ironworks, Goodrich, Hereford; the Hirwaun ironworks; the Beaufort Iron Company, the Clydach ironworks; the Dowlais Iron Company; and the Bute Works. A substantial group of Dinas Estate records has been transferred to the Maybery Collection.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

The John Lloyd papers which have been catalogued are listed in chronological order.

Conditions of access and use area

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 regulations apply.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue John Lloyd Collection. Volume I. Records of industrial interest, is available at the National Library of Wales. However, most of the archive remains uncatalogued.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers are NLW, Maybery Collection.

Related descriptions

Publication note

Lloyd, John, The Early History of the Old South Wales Ironworks.

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Title supplied from name of collector.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of John Lloyd Collection of Industrial Records, vol. I; NLW Annual Report 1937-38; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001); Jones, Theophilus, A history of the county of Brecknock, vol. IV (1930).

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