Fonds GB 0210 RICSALL - R. E. Bonsall Papers,

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R. E. Bonsall Papers,


  • 1930-1964 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Richard Emrys Bonsall (1908-1982) was an architect in the Aberystwyth area, Cardiganshire. He was educated at Ardwyn school, Aberystwyth, and afterwards apprenticed to the architect Gilbert Thomas Bassett. Before doing his RIBA examination he became Bassett's chief assistant. From 1940 until 1945 he worked at the Royal Ordnance Factories Planning Department. He then worked at University College Aberystwyth's Planning Department, and undertook commissions including alterations to hotels in Llangollen, Denbighshire, and Oswestry, Shropshire, and new houses in Aberystwyth. He died in 1982.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Dilys Bonsall, the wife of Richard Bonsall, Aberystwyth, in 1993.

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Scope and content

Papers of Richard Emrys Bonsall, mainly architectural papers relating to buildings in the Aberystwyth area, Cardiganshire, 1930-1964, including notebook with architectural notes, [c. 1930]-1935; diary of Hywel Owen Jones, 1930-1933; contract certificate counterfoils, 1938-1963; building specifications, 1946-1964; papers relating to alterations to the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Oswestry and the Royal Hotel, Llangollen, 1955-1964; and copy letters from him, 1959-1961.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: family papers and architectural papers.

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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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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1994, p. 3, at the National Library of Wales.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 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, Minor Lists and Summaries 1994.

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