Fonds GB 0210 WELOOL - Welsh School, Ashford, Middlesex, Papers,

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Welsh School, Ashford, Middlesex, Papers,


  • 1567-1921 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.315 cubic metres (10 boxes, 2 volumes); 7 large boxes (September 2011)

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Name of creator

Administrative history

The Welsh School in Ashford, Middlesex, England started as the British Charity School in London, where it was established in 1718 by the Society of Ancient Britons. The institution was supported by voluntary contributions. It moved to Ashford in 1857. In 1882, it became a single-sex school, renamed the Welsh Girls School. It is now named St David's School. The school accumulated some papers of related organisations, including the Society of Ancient Britons, the Cymmrodorion, the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (an educational publisher) and correspondence with Llandaff Bishopric Committee concerning the appointment of a Welsh Bishop in 1849.

Archival history

Many of the printed books and pamphlets became the property of the Welsh Charity School when the first Cymmrodorion Society was dissolved in 1785.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by the Most Honorable and Loyal Society of Ancient Britons in 1939. A further deposit was made per Ms Penny Briscoe, St James' School, Ashford, September 2011.

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Scope and content

Welsh School, Ashford, and British Charity School, Board of Governors and trustees minutes, 1718-1848; House Committee minutes, 1830-1905; cash books and financial records, 1792-1905; applicants books, 1826-1844; correspondence and papers, 1760-1904; correspondence and records of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in Wales, 1849-1851; correspondence relating to Llandaff Diocesan Commitee, 1849; and deeds and legal correspondence relating to lands in Ashford, Middlesex, 1845-1893; minute books of the Society of Ancient Britons, 1823-1856, and of the Cymmrodorion, 1828-1849.

A further deposit of papers comprising committee minute books (5), 1905-1987; household wages books (4), 1949-1958; accounts books (3), 1846-1974; receipts and payments books (7), 1813-1963; apprenticeship book, 1852-1853; letters book, 1839-1849; Schoolmistress report book, 1868-1882; attendance and fee register, 1923-1940; confirmation book, 1916-1964; school reports, 1848-1873; house mark book, 1941-1956; House Committees visiting book, 1880-1891; cash books (3), 1932-1956; general fund book, 1949-1958; inventory and valuation book, 1946; school numbers book, 1945-1957; and an investments book, 1940-1949.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained. Some of the deposited papers were returned to the depositors in 1985..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: volumes of minutes etc.; correspondence (general, Llandaff Bishopric Committee, Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in Wales); deeds and documents; indentures of apprenticeship; and miscellanea.

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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.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

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

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related papers are NLW, E. M. Sibley papers. A large collection of printed books from the Welsh School Library was deposited in 1939 and is held in NLW.

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Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some papers pre-date the existence of the school.

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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, Schedules of Welsh School, Ashford, Middlesex Papers; St David's School website (, viewed 12 May 2003;

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