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Crosse family of Shaw Hill, estate records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SHAWHILL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Crosse of Shaw Hill Estate Records

Short Title: Crosse family of Shaw Hill, estate records

Creation date(s): 1441-1820

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.315 cubic metres (11 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Crosse family of Shaw Hill, Lancashire


Administrative/Biographical history: Bathafarn Park estate was owned by the Thelwall family from the 16th century; the family also acquired the Plas Coch estate. The Bathafarn estate passed from the Thelwalls following the marriage of Mary Thelwall with Robert Price, the second son of Roger Price of Rhiwlas, Merioneth. Their heir was Thelwall Price who died without issue in around 1767 and who bequeathed the estate to his cousin Richard Price who assumed the name of Thelwall. Another branch of the Thelwall family acquired the Nantclwyd estate. This estate also passed from the family following the marriage of the heiress, Martha, with Andrew Kenrick of Woore Manor, Shropshire. How, or when, the Crosse family acquired the estates is not revealed in the archive.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Welsh estate of the Crosse family of Shaw Hill, Lancashire, comprising records of the Thelwall family of Nantclwyd, Bathafarn Park and Plas Coch, Denbighshire, and of the associated families of Parry of Nantclwyd and Ruthin, Gethin of Cernioge, and Kenrick of Woore, Shropshire, London, and Chester, all of whose estates the Crosse family appears to have acquired. The archive includes Civil War papers, 1642-1644, illustrating some of the activities of John Thelwall of Plas Coch as sheriff of Denbighshire, and of the Commissioners of Array between November 1642, and April 1644, letters, mainly 17-18 cent., and deeds and miscellaneous documents, 1441-1796, relating mainly to Parry and Thelwall estates in Denbighshire.


Language/scripts of material: English unless noted otherwise

System of arrangement: Arranged into four series: manuscript volumes; civil war papers; correspondence; and deeds and documents. All are arranged chronologically apart from the correspondence which has been arranged in alphabetical order of writer's surname.

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. It 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: The papers were held by Lancashire Record Office before their transfer to NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by R.H. Adcock, Clerk of the Peace of the County Council, Preston, with the consent of Miss K.M. Crosse in 1947.


Related material: Further papers, 1483-1864, are National Library of Wales, Bathafarn and Llanbedr Estate Records. The main Crosse family archive is in Lancashire Record Office.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Griffith,John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey & Carnarvonshire Families , (Horncastle, 1914).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2001

Crosse family, | of Shaw Hill | Archives
Great Britain | History | Civil War, 1642-1649
Kenrick family, | of Woore | Archives
Parry family, | of Nantclwyd and Ruthin | Archives
Thelwall family, | of Nantclwyd | Archives

Personal names
Crosse family , of Shaw Hill
Gethin family , of Cernioge
Kenrick family , of Woore
Parry family , of Nantclwyd and Ruthin
Thelwall , John , d. 1664
Thelwall family , of Bathafarn Park and Plas Coch
Thelwall family , of Nantclwyd

Corporate names
Nantclwyd Estate (Wales)


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