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National Library of Wales
Gwynfryn estate, Llangynfelyn, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GWYNFRYN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Gwynfryn (Llangynfelyn) Estate Records

Short Title: Gwynfryn estate, Llangynfelyn, records

Creation date(s): 1600-1920

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes, 1 parcel)

Name of creator(s): Gwynfryn estate, Llangynfelyn


Administrative/Biographical history: John ab William (alive 1690) of Llanbadarn Fawr, Cardiganshire, gent., held lands in that parish that appear to have been acquired by his father in 1622, and which remained with the family until at least 1871. His son William John, or Jones (alive 1690), was the first to use a surname.
The estate passed from father to son for another three generations, all called William Jones. The following three generations included their mother's maiden names, William Tilsley Jones (1782-1861), William Basil Tickell Jones (1822-1897), bishop of St Davids, and William Basil Loxdale Jones (1890-1918, dsp). The estate was inherited by the latter's two sisters, Audrey Dorothea Loxdale Jones (d. c. 1951), and Gwladys Mary Loxdale Griffin (1889-1977), wife of Rev John Alfred Griffin (1871-1937). Gwynfryn itself was sold in the 1940s.


Scope and content/abstract: Family and estate records of the Jones family of Gwynfryn, in the parish of Llangynfelyn, Cardiganshire, including deeds, 1600-1920; documents relating to William Basil Tickell Jones (1822-1897), bishop of St Davids; the enclosure and drainage of Cors Fochno, Llanfihangel Genau'r-glyn; 1816-1897, rate books for the parish of Llangynfelyn, 1844-1855; and papers relating to lead mines in Cardiganshire, 19 cent.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by date of deposit. The 1950 deposit is further arranged into non-print and printed papers, whilst the 1955 deposit is arranged chronologically.

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: Hard copies of the catalogues under the former titles, Evans & Griffin Papers and Gwynfryn Deeds and Documents, are available at NLW and HMC. The catalogues under their current title, Gwynfryn Estate, 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 by Mrs A.D.L. Evans and Mrs G.M.L. Griffin in 1950 and 1955


Related material: A 1906 catalogue of the library at Gwynfryn of the late William Basil Tickell Jones, bishop of St Davids, is NLW MS 11897D.


Note: Formerly Evans & Griffin Papers and Gwynfryn Deeds & Documents. Current title supplied from contents of fonds; previous titles based partly on contents and partly on names of depositors.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 5th ed., 2 vols, 1871), vol. I; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Jones, Francis, Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their families (Newport, 2000).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2001

Drainage | Wales | Cors Fochno
Gwynfryn Estate (Cardiganshire, Wales) | Archives
Inclosures | Wales | Cors Fochno
Lead mines and mining | Wales | Ceredigion
Poor | Taxation | Wales | Llangynfelyn

Personal names
Jones , William Basil , 1822-1897
Jones family , of Gwynfryn

Corporate names
Gwynfryn Estate (Cardiganshire, Wales)

Llangynfelyn (Wales)

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