Sub-fonds Wynnstay (Longueville) Papers - Wynnstay (Longueville) Papers

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Wynnstay (Longueville) Papers


Wynnstay (Longueville) Papers


  • 1582-1957 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

34 boxes, 15 vols

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Name of creator

Administrative history

Messrs Longueville & Co. of Oswestry, solicitors, was established in 1720. The firm acted on behalf of a number of notable families and large estates in north Wales and Shropshire, including the Chirk Castle estate, the Hengwrt, Rug and Nannau estate, and the Wynnstay estate. In 1988 Longueville merged with local solicitors John C Gittins & Co. and Minshalls to form LG Solicitors.

Archival history

The Wynnstay (Longueville) group group consists of papers which were identified as Wynnstay material within the several supplementary groups of Longueville papers deposited at NLW between 1942 and 1992. Items identified as the 1958 deposit came to NLW per Miss Mary C. Hill of the County Record Office Shrewsbury. All groups have been amalgamated and catalogued in compliance with ISAD(G)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mainly deposited by Longueville Gittins solicitors, Oswestry (previously Messrs Longueville and Co.) between 1942 and 1992.
One group deposited by Miss Mary C. Hill of the County Record Office Shrewsbury in 1958.

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Scope and content

The Wynnstay (Longueville) group consists of papers which were identified as Wynnstay material within the several supplementary groups of Longueville papers deposited at NLW between 1942 and 1992. They comprise family settlements, trusts and probate records, 1710-[1948]; title deeds and other documents mainly relating to land sales and purchases, 1582-1945, including the purchases by Charles Watkin Williams Wynn in Montgomeryshire in the early nineteenth century; financial papers, 1770-1921; estate administration records, 1814-1928; estate letters, 1777-1957; legal papers, 1782-1925; election papers, 1813-1877, which include poll books and check books from the Denbighshire election of 1868; and miscellaneous files assembled by the Longueville and Co. office, 1717-1909.

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System of arrangement

Arranged into eight groups by category: settlements, trusts and probate records; deeds and documents; financial papers; estate administration records; estate letters; legal papers; election papers; and miscellaneous files. Most files were received intact from the Longueville office, except for some family settlements and estate records which have been assembled at NLW from loose papers.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio â Deddf Warchod Data 2018 a Rheoliadau Diogelu Data Cyffredinol 2018 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

NLW Schedule of Longueville Deeds and Documents 1960 (hard copy only)

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Related units of description

See also the main groups of Wynnstay estate records

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File titles throughout are generally based on content; original file titles are shown by inverted commas.


The number of items in each file are approximate due to the large number of enclosures and documents tied together. Some files are measured in centimetres.


The terms ‘map’ and ‘plan’ are used somewhat loosely, in accordance with the original documents .


The majority of items are endorsed with notes of the contents, dates and solicitors' memoranda.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Compiled by Hilary A. Peters, October 2020.




The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW Annual Reports 1941-42, 1947-48, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1969-70, 1981-82, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92.

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