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Cyfronnydd estate, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CYFYDD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cyfronnydd Estate Records

Short Title: Cyfronnydd estate, records

Creation date(s): 1568-1959

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.114 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cyfronnydd estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Cyfronydd Hall lay in Castell Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, and the estate included lands in the nearby parishes of Welshpool, Guilsfield and Llangynyw. The Pryce ancestry descended from Blethyn ap Cynvyn. By the seventeenth century Cyfronnydd was in the hands of William, son of Oliver Pryce. William Pryce married Margaret vch John Bishop. Their son, Thomas (?d. 1699), married Lydia, daughter of Lodwick Lewis of Arwystli. The estate was owned by John Pryce in 1733, when he married Grace Carreg of Cemaes Bychan, Montgomeryshire. Pryce Jones (1767-1858) inherited Cyfronnydd and he married three times, firstly to Mary Browne of Mellington, secondly to Jane Davies (died 1825) and thirdly to Elizabeth Davies, daughter of Rev. Robert Davies, brother of John Davies. The Aberllefenni estate in Tal-y-llyn, Merioneth, was acquired through his second wife, Jane Davies, the daughter of John Davies of Machynlleth, owner of the Aberllefenni estate and slate quarries. Their son, Robert Davies Jones, adopted the surname Pryce in 1858. He married Jane Charlton of Apley. Their eldest son was Athelstan Robert Pryce, born in 1849. By 1938, Cyfronnydd Hall was purchased by Montgomeryshire County Council and it was used for a girls´┐ŻTM residential school until the 1990s. The present building dates from 1865, replacing the earlier seventeenth century structure.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds, 1568-1959, relating to the Cyfronnydd estate mainly in Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire; records relating to the Aberllefenni Slate Quarry, Merioneth, 1850-1946; a pedigree of the Pryce family [post-1699]; and faculty papers relating to an application for a grave space, 1937-1943.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by parcel. Additional papers (2006 donation) arranged in chronological order.

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 1959 catalogue is available at NLW. The catalogue can be accessed online


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The original numeration of the parcels has been retained. The Cyfronnydd papers donated in 2006 were inherited by the Plackett family from Miss Hylda Palmer, the beneficiary of Mrs Ada Pryce (died 1958). The documents were in storage with the Plackett family prior to their donation to NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Miss Hylda Emma Palmer, Beeston, Nottingham, per Mr J.E. Williams, National Provincial Bank, Machynleth in 1959. Second donation by Mr Alan Plackett, Lowdham, Nottinghamshire in 2006.


Related material: 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: NLW, Schedule of Cyfronnydd Estate Records; Montgomeryshire Collections, Vol 19, pp. 132-139; Country Life online, 14 November 2013.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2002; May 2014

Slate industry | Wales | Aberllefenni

Personal names

Corporate names
Aberllefenni Slate Quarry (Wales)
Cyfronnydd Estate (Wales)


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