Fonds GB 0210 LEOIES - Sir Leonard Twiston Davies Collection,

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Sir Leonard Twiston Davies Collection,


  • [c. 1250]-1913 (accumulated [c. 1914]-1949) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.116 cubic metres (39 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Sir Leonard Twiston Davies (1894-1953) was educated at Charterhouse school, Godalming, Surrey, and Liverpool University and served in the army for three years (1915-1918). Afterwards, he settled in Herefordshire, and later Monmouthshire. He served on numerous public bodies and became first, treasurer of the National Library of Wales (1945-1949) and, later, its vice-president (1950-1952). Sir Leonard collected a range of archival documents, including a large collection of the records of an 18th and 19th-century solicitor's firm in Monmouth, run in the early 19th century under the partnership of Powles and Tyler.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Sir Leonard Twiston Davies, 1934-1949.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers of Messrs Powles & Tyler of Monmouth, solicitors, including deeds, accounts and correspondence, 1683-1895, predominantly 1780-1880, relating mainly to Monmouthshire families; deeds and accounts relating to individual properties, mainly in Monmouthshire, 1614-1901; sale posters for properties, mostly in Monmouthshire, 1777-1860; shrievalty papers, 1824-1845; records of civil cases, 1762-1848; probate records, 1733-1900; insurance papers, 1737-1881; taxation papers, 1800-1871; insolvent debtors papers, 1807-1831; papers of Friendly Societies, 1833-1874; papers relating to industry, 1790-1872, transport, 1826-1913, and religion, 1804-[early 20th century]; election and electoral registration papers, mainly in Monmouthshire on behalf of the Conservative party, 1818-1885; personal papers, 1808-1895; and miscellaneous items, [c. 1250]-1886, including oriental documents, [early 19th century], acquired by Sir Leonard Twiston Davies, mainly the work of Persian poet, Mīzrā 'Abdu'l-Wahhāb of Eşfahān (d. 1828).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: papers of Messrs Powles & Tyler, solicitors, and papers not related to Powles & Tyler.

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.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Bengali.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

The National Library of Wales also holds the M. P. Watkins Papers, comprising records from the offices of Vizard & Son of Monmouth, solicitors, successors of Powles & Tyler.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. The majority of the material collected by Sir Leonard Twiston Davies predates his birth.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW Project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of the Sir Leonard Twisdon Davies Collection;

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