- 1422-1900 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.715 cubic metres (25 boxes, 21 vols)
Name of creator
Cefn is in the civil parish of the same name, which was formed in 1865 from that part of the parish of St Asaph that lay in Denbighshire. The mansion of Cefn is called occasionally Cefn in Wigfair in early 18th century deeds, and occasionally Cefn Meiriadog in 1790s-1820s deeds, after the townships of Wigfair and Meiriadog between which it lay. The mansion is now called Plas-yn-Cefn, but was called Cefn until at least 1883, and the estate was called the Cefn estate until at least 1892.
The Plas-yn-Cefn estate was owned by the Lloyd family until it failed in the male line with the death in c. 1848 of Edward Lloyd. The estate was inherited by his eldest daughter Anna, who married Herbert Watkin Williams-Wynn (1822-1862), second son of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn of Wynnstay (1772-1840), in about July 1855. The Plas-yn-Cefn estate became part of the Wynnstay estate which in 1873 measured 87,919 acres in Wales, with an estimated rental of £43,274.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by Sir Robert W. H. Watkin Williams-Wynn, ninth baronet, in December 1938, and by Colonel Sir Owen Watkin Williams-Wynn, baronet, in 1970 and 1971.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Records of the Lloyd family of Cefn, Denbighshire, and of their estates in Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire, mainly comprising deeds, 1422-1900, including deeds relating to lead and coal mines in Flintshire and copper mines in Caernarfonshire, 18-19 cent.; papers relating to ecclesiastical affairs, 1562-1864; and important papers of Humphrey Humphreys (1648-1712), cleric and antiquarian, and bishop of Bangor, 1689-1701, and Hereford, 1701-12, relating to his period as bishop of Hereford.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.
Accruals are not expected
System of arrangement
Arranged chronologically in three sections: deeds, 1422-1883, correspondence, 1688-1882, and volumes, 1710-1770.
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 laws apply.
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Hard copies of the catalogue of the 1938 deposit are available at NLW and HMC. The 1970 and 1971 deposits remain uncatalogued.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Griffiths, G. Milwyn, 'Deposited collections, 33, The Plas yn Cefn Collection', National Library of Wales Journal, XII (1961-1962), pp. 292-7.
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
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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
Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Griffiths, G. Milwyn, 'Deposited collections, 33, The Plas yn Cefn Collection', National Library of Wales Journal, XII (1961-1962);