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Pencerrig estate, deeds and documents

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PENCERRIG

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Pencerrig Deeds and Documents

Short Title: Pencerrig estate, deeds and documents

Creation date(s): 1588-1859

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.129 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Pencerrig estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The foundation of the Pencerrig estate in Radnorshire was laid by David Jones (d. 1704) who built up a large estate with wealth acquired during the Civil War. He acquired Trefonnen and some neighbouring tenements and, between 1678 and 1704, built up a considerable estate around them, mainly in the parishes of Cefnllys, Llandrindod and Diserth.
He was succeeded by his eldest son, John (1670-1746) who added Bach y Graig Issa and Cwm y Gof to the estate. The Cwm y Gof portion of land included a chalybeate spring, the waters by which Llandrindod became famous. John's eldest son, Thomas Jones (1711-1782), married his cousin Hannah, daughter of Thomas Jones of Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Thomas Jones inherited the Trefonnen estate in 1746. Pencerrig estate came to the Jones family in 1761 when Jones Hope died without issue and his estates were divided between his three sisters. Pencerrig passed to his eldest sister's daughter, Hannah Jones. Their eldest son and heir, John Jones (1739-1787) died without issue. He was succeeded by his brother, Thomas Jones (1742-1803), the Welsh artist. Thomas's eldest daughter, Anna (1780-1807), inherited the Pencerrig estate and on her death it passed to her husband, Thomas Thomas of Llanbradach, Glamorgan, and then by a daughter of his second marriage to the Thomases of Llwynmadoc, Breconshire.
The Trefonnen estate passed to Thomas's youngest daughter, Elizabetha (1781-1806) and on her death to her husband, Capt. J. Dale of London, who lost it following a legitimacy lawsuit in 1813 to Middelton Jones (1754-1826), a younger son of Thomas and Hannah, who in turn devised the estate to his nephew, the son of his sister Elizabeth.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents, 1588-1859, relating to the Pencerrig and Trefonnen estates, Radnorshire, together with three notebooks belonging to the artist, Thomas Jones, 1786-1788, 1800.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into deeds and documents which are arranged chronologically, and correspondence which has been arranged alphbetically by sender.

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 laws apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW. An online catalogue can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to NLW have retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs Jane Evan-Thomas in 1952 and 1953, and converted into a donation by Mr J. C. Passmore, Solicitor, Tunbridge Wells, on behalf of the executors of the late Mrs Jane Evan-Thomas, August 2000.


Related material: Further papers relating to Thomas Jones the artist are NLW MSS 23811-2D, and NLW Facs 122. Papers relating to the Jones family of Pencerrig and Trefonnen are NLW MS 23794C, 21820F, NLW Misc Vol. 288, NLW ex 1381, and NLW Facs 682.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Pencerrig Deeds and Documents; R.C.B. Oliver, The family history of Thomas Jones, the artist of Pencerrig, Radnorshire (Llandrindod Wells, 1987 reprint).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2002

Estate administration | Wales | Radnorshire
Jones family, | of Trefonnen and Pencerrig | Archives
Pencerrig Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Jones , Thomas , 1742-1803
Jones family , of Trefonnen and Pencerrig

Corporate names
Pencerrig Estate (Wales)
Trefonnen Estate (Wales)


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