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Llwyngwair estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LLWAIR

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Llwyngwair Estate Records

Short Title: Llwyngwair estate, records

Creation date(s): 1503-1957

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.218 cubic metres (38 boxes, 1 roll, 2 loose documents, 31 volumes, 1 picture)

Name of creator(s): Llwyngwair estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Llwyngwair estate was owned by the Bowen family since at least the early seventeenth century. The family also acquired the Castell Gorfod estate in Carmarthenshire following the marriage of George Bowen (1722-1810) with Easter, daughter of William Thomas of Pentowyn and heiress of Castell Gorfod. The Bowen family continued to own the Castell Gorfod estate until James Bevan Bowen, a barrister and MP for Pembrokeshire, 1866-1868 and 1876-1880, sold it in 1871. In 1873 the estate measured 6,123 acres with an estimated annual rental of £4035.


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts and records of the Llwyngwair estate in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and of associated families, particularly the Bevans of Laugharne, including account books and rentals, 1689-1957; deeds, 1549-1884; manuscript maps of parts of the estate, 18-20 cent.; records of the Llwyngwair Estates Company, 1937-1953; accounts with traders in London, Cardigan, and of the Crymmych Arms, 1869-1903, accounts of servants' wages, 1914-1931; newspaper cuttings of family and local interest, 1866-1912; game and fishing registers, 1852-1940; and an album of photographs.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into deeds and documents and supplementary collections of deeds and documents. The original numbers on the documents have been retained.

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.

Physical characteristics: A small number of the early documents in the collection have been affected by damp or mutilated.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues are available at NLW. The Llwyngwair supplementary catalogue can be accessed from on-line 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 Air-Commodore J.B. Bowen, C.B.E., Llwyngwair, Pembrokeshire, in January 1943, 1944, and in December 1961.


Related material: A number of maps are in NLW Map Collections


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: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their families (Newport, Pembrokeshire, 1996), Ibid., Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families (Newport, 1997); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 1872, 2 vols), vol. II; Burke's Landed Gentry (London,1969).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2001

Bowen family, | of Llwyngwair | Archives
Bowen family, | of Llwyngwair | Photographs
Estate administration | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Estate administration | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Fishing | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Fowling | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Llwyngwair Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Bevan family , of Laugharne
Bowen family , of Llwyngwair

Corporate names
Llwyngwair Estate (Wales)
Llwyngwair Estates Company


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