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Jones, W. Bradwen, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WBRAJONES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. Bradwen Jones Papers

Short Title: Jones, W. Bradwen, papers

Creation date(s): [late 17th century]-1970 (accumulated [c. 1912]-1970)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.076 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): W. Bradwen Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: W. Bradwen Jones, (1892-1976), composer, was the grandson of John Jones of Anglesey (Eos Bradwen, (1831-1899)), also a composer, and was born William Arthur Jones at Caernarfon. He chose the name Bradwen for family history reasons and is usually known as W. Bradwen Jones or William Bradwen Jones. He was taught the organ by John Williams, Caernarfon, and Roland Rogers, organist of the Cathedral Church Bangor. From 1910 until 1915, he was choirmaster of Capel y Rug, Corwen. He served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Egypt and Palestine. He then became organist and choirmaster for St Seiriol Church, Holyhead, Anglesey, where he worked until the early 1950s; he then became organist in the Methodist Calvinist Church Hyfrydle, Holyhead. He mainly composed songs for organ and piano. He worked for the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, and also competed successfully, winning over 25 prizes. He died in 1970.


Scope and content/abstract: Musical papers and other compositions of John Jones and William Bradwen Jones, [late 17th cent.]-1970, including printed works, 1932-1964, chants and hymn tunes, 1929-1956; anthems, 1934-1942; sacred music, 1931-1961; arrangements for eisteddfodau, 1932-1962; music for piano and for violin and piano, 1929-1960; music for organ, 1928-1950; and draft poems and family memoranda, 1859-1877.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into printed works of Bradwen Jones; set of orchestral parts for Molwch yr Arglwydd; anthems; miscellaneous sacred music; songs with piano act; arrangements by W. Bradwen Jones; music for piano and for violin and piano; music for organ; and miscellaneous.

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. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from W. Bradwen Jones, in 1973.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The papers predate the birth of W. Bradwen Jones since they contain papers relating to his grandfather.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Schedule of Bradwen Jones Papers, 1973; Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig 1951-1970 (Llundain 1997).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Composers | Wales | Archives
Eos Bradwen, | 1831-1899 | Archives
Jones, William Bradwen, | 1892-1976 | Archives
Organists | Wales | Archives

Personal names
Eos Bradwen , 1831-1899
Jones , William Bradwen , 1892-1970

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