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Newton estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 NEWTON

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Newton Estate Records

Short Title: Newton estate, records

Creation date(s): 1635-1869

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.029 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Griffin family of Newton House, Dixton, Monmouthshire


Administrative/Biographical history: Dixton Newton was part of an estate in Dixton, Monmouthshire, and in Ganerew, Goodrich and Whitchurch, Herefordshire, bought by Thomas Griffin (c. 1698-1771) of Hadnock, Monmouthshire, Admiral of the White. He was formerly of Whitehaven in Cumberland, but had property in the parishes of Carisbrook, Mottiston, Portsea and Warblington on the Isle of Wight from as early as 1748.
It is not apparent from these papers when Thomas Griffin came to Monmouthshire, but the Isle of Wight property appears to have been retained until at least 1826. Thomas Griffin was succeeded in turn by his sons Thomas (c. 1739-1788), a Lincolns Inn barrister, and Philip (d. 1802), rector of Warnford in Hampshire, who both died childless, and George (c. 1745-1802). Newton Court was built at the end of the eighteenth century by George Griffin.
George Griffin was succeeded by his two married daughters, Elizabeth Ann (1798-1830), the wife of James Endel Tyler (d. c. 1851), rector of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, and Catharine, the wife of Major Charles Marriot of Sellers Brook, Herefordshire. Elizabeth Ann inherited the Newton estate, whilst Catharine inherited the castle and manor of Goodrich. A third daughter, Mary (b. c. 1803), died unmarried in 1876. James Endel Tyler brought to his marriage properties in the parishes of Llangarren, Welsh Newton and Whitchurch in Herefordshire, and Newland in Gloucestershire.
Elizabeth Ann's son, George Griffin Tyler, assumed the surname Griffin in lieu of Tyler on inheriting the Newton estate.


Scope and content/abstract: Family papers and estate records of the Griffin family of Newton House, Dixton, Monmouthshire, comprising deeds and documents, 1635-1869, relating mainly to properties in the parish of Dixton, and correspondence, 1818-1863, mainly relating to a dispute between Mary Griffin of Newton House and the vicar and churchwarden of St Peter church, Dixton, in 1862.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into three sections: deeds and documents, correspondence, and printed matter.

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 a catalogue under the former title, Deeds, Documents, and Papers deposited by Charles Griffin are available at NLW and HMC. An online catalogue under the current title, Newton Estate Records, 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: Deposited by Charles Griffin in 1949.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Griffin family and associated families are National Library of Wales, Sir Leonard Twiston Davies Collection, 2049-2119.


Note: Formerly Deeds, Documents, and Papers deposited by Charles Griffin. Current title supplied from contents of fonds. Former title derived from name of depositor.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following source was used in the compilation of this record: Bradney, Sir Joseph, A History of Monmouthshire (London, 1991 facsimile ed.), vol. I., part 1.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2001


Personal names
Griffin , Mary , of Newton House
Griffin family , of Newton House

Corporate names
St Peter's Church (Dixton, Wales)


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