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Bodelwyddan estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BODELWYDDAN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Bodelwyddan Estate Records

Short Title: Bodelwyddan estate, records

Creation date(s): 1788-1898

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.102 cubic metres(3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Bodelwyddan estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Bodelwyddan was the seat of the Humphreys family until it was purchased in the late 17th century by Sir William Williams (1643-1700), Speaker of the House of Commons. The estate descended to his second son Sir John Williams of Bodelwyddan and Chester. The estate then passed to his son, Sir John Hay Williams (1794-1859), 2nd baronet, who died without male issue. The title and estate then passed to Sir Hugh Williams, from where it descended in the male line.
According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Sir Hugh Williams of Bodelwyddan owned an estimated 9,371 acres in Wales (in Denbighshire and Flintshire), with an estimated rental of £9,371. The estate was sold by the family in 1925.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents of the Williams family of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire, relating to the Bodelwyddan, Bodidris and Pengwern estates in Flintshire and Denbighshire, 1788-1898.


Language/scripts of material: English

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: Hard copies of the catalogue under the previous title, Plas Bowman Deeds, are available at NLW and HMC. An online catalogue under the current title, Bodelwyddan 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 Mrs Enid Thomas, Plas Bowman, Caernarfon, in 1946.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Williams family, baronets, of Bodelwyddan are Claydon House, Verney; and Flintshire Record Office, D/BD.


Note: Formerly Plas Bowman Deeds. Current title supplied from contents of fonds; previous title based on name of depositor's house.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Griffith, John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Wrexham, 1998 reprint); Burke's Peerage, Baronetage an d Knightage (London, 1959); James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV, (1965-66); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002

Bodelwyddan Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Williams family , of Bodelwyddan

Corporate names
Bodelwyddan Estate (Wales)
Bodidris Estate (Wales)
Pengwern Estate (Flintshire, Wales)

Bodelwyddan (Wales)

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