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Davies, Leonard Twiston, Sir, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LEOIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Sir Leonard Twiston Davies Collection

Short Title: Davies, Leonard Twiston, Sir, collection

Creation date(s): [c. 1250]-1913 (accumulated [c. 1914]-1949)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.116 cubic metres (39 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Sir Leonard Twiston Davies


Administrative/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.


Scope and content/abstract: 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).


Language/scripts of material: English, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Bengali

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

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.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Sir Leonard Twiston Davies, 1934-1949.


Related material: 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.


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

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.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Conservative Party (Great Britain) | Archives
Deeds | England | Herefordshire
Deeds | Wales | Monmouthshire
Elections | Wales | Monmouthshire
Estate administration | England
Estate administration | Wales
Friendly societies | Wales | Monmouthshire
Industries | Wales | Monmouthshire
Iranian poetry | 19th century
Poets, Persian | 19th century
Politics, Practical | Wales | Monmouthshire
Powles and Tyler, Solicitors | Archives
Sheriffs | Wales | Monmouthshire
Solicitors | Wales | Monmouth
Transport | Wales | Monmouthshire

Personal names
Davies , Leonard Twiston , 1894-1953 , Sir
Nashāt , 'Abd al-Vahhāb , 1761 or 2-1828 or 9

Corporate names
Powles and Evans | Solicitors
Powles and Tyler | Solicitors
Powles and Vizard | Solicitors
Vizard and Son, Solicitors

Eşfahān (Iran)
Monmouth (Wales)

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