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Leighton Hall papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LEIALL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Leighton Hall Papers

Short Title: Leighton Hall papers

Creation date(s): 1839-1931

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 51 items

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: John Naylor (1813-89) of Leighton Hall, Montgomeryshire, was the son of John Naylor of Hartford Hill, Cheshire, by Dorothy Bullin his wife. In 1846 he married Georgiana (d. 1909), daughter of John Edwards of Ness Strange, Shropshire, and was succeeded at Leighton Hall by his third son, John Naylor (1856-1906) of Leighton Hall and of Elmwood in Woolton, Lancashire. He married in 1886 with Magdalene (d. 1928) daughter of Archibald Tod of The Grange, Woolton. He was succeeded by his son, John Murray Naylor (b. 1888), who married (1st) in 1912 with Winifred Elspeth Guthri Williamson (divorced 1940, d. 1965), and (2nd) in 1941 with Ruth Anita, daughter of Ernest Freshfield Dent of Broughton, Hampshire, and had issue by both wives.
According to the 1873 return of owners of land, John Naylor owned an estimated 9,275 acres in Wales (all in Montgomeryshire), with an estimated rental of £12,594. Leighton Hall was sold by auction in 1931.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating to the Naylor family and to their Leighton Hall and Brynllywarch estates in Montgomeryshire, comprising estate papers, mainly relating to the purchase of the estates, 1839-1880, and to the sale of Leighton in 1931; and family papers mainly relating to the appointment of members of the family as sheriffs of Montgomeryshire.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: estate papers, 1839-1931; and family papers, [c. 1851]-1926.

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 catalogue, in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1985, pp. 37-8, are available in NLW and HMC. An on-line catalogue can be accessed from


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mrs Sheila Pemberton of Arlesford, Hampshire, per Colonel J. L. Corbett-Winder of Vaynor Park, Montgomeryshire, in January 1985.


Related material: Most extant Leighton Hall papers are NLW, Harrison & Sons Deeds and Documents (Boxes 30-45, 79-80, 93).


Note: Title supplied from source of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872),vol. II; Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 18th ed., three vols, 1965-72), vol. 2.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2001

Estate administration | Wales | Montgomeryshire

Personal names
Naylor family , of Leighton Hall and Brynllywarch

Corporate names
Bryn-Llywarch Estate (Wales)
Leighton Hall Estate (Wales)


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