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Foley family of Ridgeway, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RIDGEWAY

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Foley of Ridgeway Collection

Short Title: Foley family of Ridgeway, collection

Creation date(s): 1365-1869

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.172 cubic meters (6 boxes, 1 folder)

Name of creator(s): Ridgeway estate


Administrative/Biographical history: The Foley family were descended from a John Foley, architect to the bishops of St Davids and constable of Llawhaden castle in the 14th century. Richard Foley is mentioned in regard to Ridgeway in 1711. John Foley built a new house there which was completed in 1741. In 1811 the estate was owned by John Herbert Foley who married Emily Ann Chambers of Totteridge, Hertfordshire, in 1794. By 1871 Ridgeway was the seat of a R. P. Davies.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents relating to the estate of the Foley family of Ridgeway, Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire, mainly in that county, 1365-1869, together with letters, 1815-1851, from the agents and solicitors of Mrs Emily Foley relting mainly to her estate in Kent.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: 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: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in NLW. An online catalogue can be accessed from


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at/donated to NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers were formerly in the possession of Messrs Richard Furber & Son, 2 Gray's Inn Square, WC1 before they were deposited at NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by A.T. Woods, 2 Gray's Inn Square, London, WC1 per The British Records Association (B.R.A. 1933), followed by a donation of some 200 letters by Mrs Sylvia R. Woods, Burford, Oxfordshire, in March 2001.



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: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their families (Newport, 1996).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2001

Deeds | Wales | Llawhaden
Foley family, | of Ridgeway | Archives
Ridgeway Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Foley , Emily
Foley family , of Ridgeway

Corporate names
Ridgeway Estate (Wales)


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