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Vaughan Owen, Cecil, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CECWEN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cecil Vaughan Owen papers

Short Title: Vaughan Owen, Cecil, papers

Creation date(s): 1800-1980

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.487 cubic metres (17 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cecil Edward Vaughan Owen (1901-1981)


Administrative/Biographical history: Cecil Edward Vaughan Owen (1901-1981) was a local historian and teacher. He was born on 13 March 1901, the fifth child of Dr John Vaughan Owen of Glascoed, Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, and the nephew of Nicholas Bennett Owen of Glanyrafon, Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire. He was educated at Llanidloes County School, Oswestry School, and Edinburgh University, and studied history at Durham University. He spent his working life teaching in England, and then retired to Glascoed to pursue his historical interests. He was an authority on Llanidloes and the Arwystli area of Montgomeryshire, particularly in the field of vernacular architecture, and was in demand as a lecturer. He wrote articles for Montgomeryshire Collections, including his `Arwystli Notebook', begun in 1953. Some of his lectures to the Arwystli Society were published posthumously as An Arwystli Notebook Part 1 (Llanidloes, [1990]). He was President of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, 1971-1972; vice-president of the Powysland Club, 1979-1981, as well as being chairman of its Council, and in 1957 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He remained a member of St Idloes Church, Llanidloes, throughout his life, becoming a churchwarden. He was unmarried and died on 7 March 1981.


Scope and content/abstract: Research papers of Cecil Vaughan Owen, relating mainly to the history of Montgomeryshire and including: Llanidloes and Llangurig School minute books, 1904-1972; leaflets, press cuttings, posters, sale catalogues and other source materials, and notes on the history of Llanidloes and Montgomeryshire and various local churches, 1800-1980; notes for lectures and talks, 1969-1979; an unpublished typescript `Arwystli through the ages', [mid-late 20th century]; card index of timber-framed buildings in Montgomeryshire; offprints of articles on the archaeology and history of Montgomeryshire; reviews, correspondence and notes relating to his publications, 1949-1975; guides to castles and ecclesiastical buildings, [1970s]; correspondence, leaflets, press cuttings and other material relating to Cambrian Archaeological Association, Society of Antiquaries, Powysland Club and other bodies, 1948-1980; personal papers, including correspondence; records relating to Llanidloes parish church, 1906-1980; and records relating to the Glanyrafon estate, Montgomeryshire, 1866-1899.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by original box 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: The usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the administrators of the estate of the late Cecil E. Vaughan Owen, 1981-1982, and by Mr Tom Lloyd-Roberts, Mold, Clwyd, 1982, 1993.


Related material: Further papers relating to his family are National Library of Wales, Vaughan Owen Deeds and Documents.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW List of the papers of the late Cecil Vaughan Owen, Llanidloes; Jerman, H. Noel, 'Cecil Edward Vaughan Owen', Montgomeryshire Collections, 69 (1981), pp. 127-128.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003; amended August 2005

Archaeology | Wales | Powys
Arwystli (Wales) | History
Llanidloes (Wales) | History
Owen, Cecil Edward Vaughan | Archives
Powys (Wales) | Antiquities
Powys (Wales) | History | Research

Personal names
Owen , Cecil Edward Vaughan

Corporate names
Arwystli Society
Cambrian Archaeological Association
Glanyrafon Estate (Trefeglwys, Wales)
Powys-land Club
St Idloes (Church : Llanidloes, Wales)

Arwystli Lordship (Wales) ()
Llanidloes (Wales)
Montgomeryshire (Wales)

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