- ADY 4
- 1919-1946 (wanting 1943-1944)
Part of Tredegar Estate Records,
Letter books containing carbon copies of the out-going letters of A. Clifford Harding (1919-1942) of the Clerk of Works Department, based at the Tredegar estate works, Rhiwderyn, Monmouthshire. Many of the letters are to L. Foster Stedman (1919-1938) of the Tredegar estate offices, Newport, the estate agent (J. I. Storrar, 1938-1941, and W. B. T. Rees, 1941-1942), mainly relating to repairs and maintenance of tenanted properties, apparently mainly on the Monmouthshire and Glamorgan agricultural estates. Other letters are to contractors inviting tenders, to tenants, and to other individuals and organisations. The volumes cover the period 27 Sept. 1919-24 July 1942. The 1938-1942 volume (ADY 4/9) also had three letters copied into it dated May-June 1946 before being finally abandoned. Many of the war-time letters refer to the shortage and regulation of materials; ADY 4/9 also contains a letter at the back of the volume (p. 999) from A. Clifford Harding as commander of No. 13 (Basaleg) Platoon to Captain A. L. Howell, officer commanding 'C' Company, 4th Mon. (Risca) Battalion of the Home Guard, that unless he gets coupons for at least 10-12 gallons of petrol a month, his platoon will have to remain stationary and train in their own village, May 1941. -- Bundles of letters found loose at the front or the back of various volumes have been gathered together into a single file (ADY 4/10), containing letters dated 1924, 1931-1932, 1935, 1937, 1940-1942 and 1945. These papers include several certificates from the Clerk of Works, 1940-1942, as to the service records of his employees, and not objecting to them being called up for work of national importance. Letters found filed loose between the pages of the volumes have been left where they were found.