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Dinas Powis estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DINWIS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Dinas Powis Estate Records

Short Title: Dinas Powis estate, records

Creation date(s): 1455, 1514-1914

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.123 cubic metres(5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Dinas Powis estate


Administrative/Biographical history: In 1600 Sir William Herbert of Cogan Pill purchased a portion of the manor of Dinas Powis from Elizabeth I, to add to the portion that was already his through inheritance. He appears to have been succeeded by 1610 by Sir John Herbert (d. c.1619), sometime secretary to the Privy Council. By 1665, a moiety of the manor of Dinas Powis appears to have passed to Robert Greville (c.1638-1676), baron Brooke of Warwick Castle, whose descendants sold the moiety to William Hurst of Gabalfa, Cardiff, around 1766. This Dinas Powis estate appears to have been sold to Henry Lee in about 1816, after the death of William Hurst (d. c.1801) and of his widow (d. c.1816). Other members of the Lee family include Edward Herbert Lee (fl. 1839-1841) of Dinas Powis, esq., his son Rev. Henry Thomas Lee (fl. 1839-1868), and Major-general H. H. Lee (fl. 1879-1919) of Dinas Powis. The Wenvoe Castle estate also had an interest in the manor of Dinas Powis, 1839-1897, perhaps owning the other moiety.


Scope and content/abstract: Records, 1455-1919, of the Lee family of Dinas Powis, Glamorgan, and their predecessors, including rentals of the manor of Dinas Powis and of the Dinas Powis estate, 1610, 1671-1906, surveys of the same, 1566-1610; title deeds, legal papers and correspondence, 1514-1919 (mainly post-1640) relating to properties in Glamorgan, Monmouthshire and Breconshire; records relating to the Friars estate, Glamorgan, of William Hurst, including a survey and rentals, 1777-1786. The archive also includes deeds relating to the estates of the Lords Brooke in Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically within two groups: the Nov. 1933 deposit (no's 1-250, dated 1455-1914), and the April and June 1971 deposits (no's 251-420, dated 1767-1902).

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 catalogues of the 1933 deposit and the 1971 deposits are available at NLW and HMC. Both catalogues can be accessed on-line from

Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited in three groups; the main group by Rev. Augustus Lee in Nov. 1933, and two small groups by Edward H. Lee in April and June 1971.


Related material: Further papers relating to the manor of Dinas Powis, [?1373]-[18 cent.], are NLW,Bute M 10/1-16 and S 7; rents and accounts, 1668-1670, are NLW, Penrice & Margam 5663 and 2780, and an account book for Dinas Powis and other manors, 1759-1761, is NLW, Tredegar MSS 139. Copies of records, 1565-1716, are NLW MSS 5211E and 6947E. Other records relating to the manor of Dinas Powis are in the PRO, including ministers' accounts, 1414-1416 (PRO, SC 6/1112/22), 1491-1492 (DL 29/10334), 1514-1518 (SC 6/Hen VIII/5143-5145), 1542-1547 (SC 6/Hen VIII/5146-5149), a survey of 1566 (LR 2/237, ff. 11-17, and LR 2/238, ff. 12-19), and estreat rolls, with other manors, 1581-1599 (LR 11/55/795-56/807).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Complete Peerage (London, 8 vols, 1887-1898), vol. 1.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2001.

Dinas Powis Estate (Wales) | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Glamorgan
Farm rents | Wales | Glamorgan
Lee family, | of Dinas Powis | Archives
Manorial courts | Wales | Glamorgan
Manors | Wales | Glamorgan

Personal names
Greville family , Earls of Warwick Castle and Earls Brooke
Hurst , William , d. ca. 1801
Lee family , of Dinas Powis

Corporate names
Dinas Powis Estate (Wales)
Friars Estate (Glamorgan, Wales)


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