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National Library of Wales
Maybery collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MAYBERY

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Maybery Collection

Short Title: Maybery collection

Creation date(s): 1345-1928

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 4.891 cubic metres (171 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Maybery Family


Administrative/Biographical history: The Brecknockshire family of Maybery originally came from Worcestershire, where they were engaged in the iron industry. In 1753, Thomas Maybery acquired the Brecon furnace and Pipton forge for his son, John Maybery, who leased mineral properties in Hirwaun, Brecknockshire, in 1757 and the Tredegar forge, Glamorgan, in 1764, and was one of the earliest pioneers of the South Wales iron industry. John Maybery married a daughter of John Wilkins, the deputy prothonotary of the Brecon circuit of the Court of Great Sessions, who became associated with his son-in-law in the Hirwaun enterprise. John Maybery died in 1784; his descendants pursued legal careers. Thomas Maybery, John's eldest son (d. 1829), succeeded his uncle, William Wilkins, as prothonotary of the Brecon circuit, and his eldest son, Walter Maybery (1800-1862), was the last to hold that office. His second son, Henry Maybery, who was treasurer of the county of Brecon and deputy-registrar of the Brecon Consistory Court, became the head of the firm of Maybery, Williams, and Cobb, who were themselves the successors of the firm of solicitors Walter and John Powell, later Powell, Jones, and Powell. They were the chief legal advisers to the great ironmasters and were responsible for drawing up most of the early mineral leases. The family invested in many industrial enterprises in the 19th century, including ironworks, collieries, the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal, the Brecon Boat Co. and the Brecon Turnpike Trust.


Scope and content/abstract: Industrial records, 1720-1875, of the Maybery family and of the clients of Powell and Jones, solicitors, mainly relating to the iron industry in Brecknockshire and Glamorgan, but including also papers relating to the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal, 1792-1860, the Brecon Boat Co., 1818-1855, and the Brecon Turnpike Trust, 1828-1840; clients deeds, correspondence, etc., mainly 18th-20th century, including manor records, 1520-1844, mainly in Breconshire, family letters, newspaper cuttings, photographs, deeds and documents relating to the Maybery family and their relatives, the Cobbs and the de Wintons, 19th-20th century, office records of Messrs W. and J. Powell and their successors, 1790-1865, and papers of John Lloyd (1833-1915), historian of the South Wales iron industry.


Language/scripts of material: Latin, English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into records of industrial interest, 1720-1906, correspondence of industrial interest, 1760-1875, and miscellaneous items, 1345-1928.

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 regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales; part of the archive, mainly clients's papers, remains uncatalogued. The catalogue can be accessed online. Much of the archive remains uncatalogued. Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed on-line from the Manorial Documents Register

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs M. Fowler, Brecon, 1953.


Related material: National Library of Wales, Special Collections, holds OS maps and Books of Plans and Sections.

Publication note: John Lloyd, The early history of the old South Wales Iron Works (1760 to 1840): from original documents (London, 1906), The Great Forest of Brecknock: history of the forest from the conquest of England to the present time (from original documents) (London, 1905), and Historical Memoranda of Breconshire: a collection of papers from various sources relating to the history of the county (Brecon, 1903) are based on material in this archive.


Note: Title compiled from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Schedule of the Maybery Collection; NLW Annual Report, 1952-3.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Boats and boating | Wales
Brecknockshire Turnpike Trust | Records and correspondence
Brecon Boat Company | Records and correspondence
Canals | Wales | Powys
Cobb family, | of Powys | Archives
Iron industry and trade | Wales | Breconshire | History | Sources
Iron industry and trade | Wales | Glamorgan | History | Sources
Lloyd, John, | 1833-1915 | Archives
Manors | Wales | Breconshire
Maybery family | of Breconshire | Archives
Maybery, Williams and Cobb | Archives
Turnpike roads | Wales | Powys
de Winton family, | of Powys | Archives

Personal names
Cobb family , of Powys
De Winton family , of Brecon
Lloyd , John , 1833-1915
Maybery family , of Breconshire

Corporate names
Brecknockshire Turnpike Trust
Brecon Boat Company
Maybery, Williams and Cobb

Abergavenny (Wales)
Brecon (Wales)
Brecon and Abergavenny Canal (Wales)
Breconshire (Wales)

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