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Nerquis Hall estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 NERQUIS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Nerquis Hall Estate Records

Short Title: Nerquis Hall estate, records

Creation date(s): 1612-1999

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 86 items

Name of creator(s): Nerquis Hall estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Nerquis (Nercwys) Hall was built by John Wynn in 1637-1638. It is suggested that he was descended from the Wynn family of Llanarmon yn Ial, Denbighshire.
The Nerquis estate descended almost continually on the female side. John Wynn, the builder of Nerquis Hall, whose acquisitions of land in the neighbourhood formed the basis of the estate, was succeeded by his third son, Robert, who married Jane Goodman of Ruthin in 1643. The estate then passed to his eldest daughter, Anne, wife of Thomas Pynder, their son Paul having died unmarried.
The Nerquis estate then descended on the heirs of Robert Wynn's second daughter, Mary Williams, and on the death of her son, Edward in 1737, to her daughter Elizabeth, wife of Robert Hyde of Cattenhall, Cheshire. Their only daughter, Elizabeth, married John Giffard of Plas Ucha, Nercwys, in 1765. The Giffard family were staunch Roman Catholics and a dispute regarding the education of their daughters ensued. On the death of Elizabeth Hyde the dispute was resolved, and the estate passed to John Giffard's eldest daughter, Elizabeth, who died unmarried in 1842. She bequeathed the estate to the Rev. Maurice Wynn, who, in turn, bequeathed it to his nephew, the Rev. Lloyd Fletcher of Gwernhaulod, who assumed the additional name of Wynne. He was succeeded in turn by his three nephews, the last of whom, Philips Lloyd Fletcher died in 1906, the estate finally passing to his cousin Ll. W.H. Tringham. In the 1960's Nerquis Hall was sold.
According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Phillips Lloyd Fletcher of Nerquis Hall, Flintshire, owned an estimated 3,877 acres, all in in Flintshire and Merionethshire, with an estimated rental of £3,210.
Pengwern Hall had come to the Wynn family through the marriage of Anne Lewis to Owen Wynn of Llwyn, Denbighshire, in 1689. Their son, Morris Wynn, married Elizabeth Edwards of Penhesgyn, Anglesey, and Plas yn y Coed, Flintshire, 1723. Pengwern descended to their grandson, Maurice Wynn (d.1835), who left it to his nephew, Lloyd Fletcher Wynn. Eventually Pengwern was inherited by Henrietta Esther Elwes, surviving sister of Philips Lloyd Fletcher, in 1906.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1618-[1930s], including letters and genealogical material relating to families connected with Nerquis Hall, Flintshire, together with rentals and accounts of the Halghton estate, 1722-1748, and rentals of the Gwernheulod estate, Flintshire, 1768, and the Pengwern estate, Merionethshire, 1806-1814.
Additional deeds and papers relating to Pengwern Hall estate, 1919-1999, were received in 2006.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by record type: rentals, probate records, deeds, geneaological papers, correspondence and miscellaneous; and Pengwern Hall deeds and other papers.

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 1994 catalogue is available at NLW. An online catalogue can be accessed 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: Purchased in October 1994
Further deeds, papers and photographs were donated by Miss Pauline M. Matthews, Llandrindod Wells, in May 2006.


Related material: The main estate archive is Flintshire Record Office, D/NH, D/BC, D/LE. Further records are Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire Record Office, D590, 1231, 3212, D(W)0/2. An estate survey of Nerquis Hall is National Library of Wales, Map Collections, MS Maps Vol. 89. Photographs are in NLW special collections.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James. Amended by Hilary Peters.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: A.G. Veysey ed., Guide to the Flintshire R.O. (Flintshire County Council, 1974); James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-66).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2001; May 2014


Personal names
Fletcher family , of Nerquis Hall
Giffard family , of Nerquis Hall
Lloyd family , of Halghton
Phillips family , of Gwernheulod
Wynn family , of Nerquis Hall

Corporate names
Gwernheulod Estate (Wales)
Halghton Estate (Wales)
Nerquis Hall Estate (Wales)
Pengwern Estate (Merioneth, Wales)


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