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Trewern, Welshpool, deeds and papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TREWERN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Trewern (Welshpool) Deeds and Papers

Short Title: Trewern, Welshpool, deeds and papers

Creation date(s): 1728-1988

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.222 cubic metres (11 boxes, 2 volumes, 1 folder)

Name of creator(s): The Trewern estate; Mr Murray Ll. Chapman


Administrative/Biographical history: Trewern Hall, at Buttington near Welshpool in the 15th-16th centuries was owned by the Lloyd family. Richard Lloyd, was killed in riots at Norwich in 1549 and his father, Humphrey, died in 1561. By 1584 Edward Lloyd had leased Trewern to Reginald Francis (d. 1608), who then acquired the freehold, together with further lands in Uppington, Betws and Tregynon. Reginald's son, Robert, undertook major renovations at the Hall in 1610, but it was his grandson, Roger, who succeeded to the estate. By that time it was heavily encumbered by debts, and in 1641 it passed into the hands of the mortgagees, the Whittaker family. John Whittaker sold Trewern Hall and the demesne lands to Thomas Williams in 1673 and his daughter, Elizabeth, sold the remaining properties in 1699. Legal disputes over the ownership of Trewern Hall during the 18th century ended in the property coming into possession of the Crown in 1755. In 1766 it was granted by the Crown to Thomas Lloyd of Trefnant Hall, Castell Caereinion. The Lloyd family heavily mortgaged Trewern and accumulated vast debts. Their trustees made several abortive attempts to sell the property between 1771 and 1814. Eventually the four daughters and co-heiresses of Edward Lloyd agreed to sell all the Trefnant estate. Trewern Hall was sold separately in 1829 to a Welshpool solicitor called Francis Allen. He died in 1852, leaving his properties to his daughter, Mary Grace, who married a Liverpool businessman called William Fisher in 1854. The couple were childess and after Mary's death in 1893 the estate was inherited by her nearest relatives, the Gregory family, who were living in Canada. In 1916 the Gregorys' legal representatives leased Trewern Hall to Evan Chapman of Hyssington Farm, who was married to Martha Turner of Trewern House. The Chapmans purchased Trewern Hall and the Plough and Harrow Inn in 1918. The Hall has been in the ownership of the same family ever since, and it underwent a historically sympathetic restoration in 1985.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents, 1728-1988, relating to the Trewern Hall estate, including the Plough and Harrow Inn. They include documents relating to proposed improvements to cottages, 1937-1938, and the restoration of Trewern Hall, 1983-1988; farm and household accounts, with miscellaneous financial papers and vouchers, 1952-1986; correspondence and papers concerning agricultural improvements and grant applications, 1977-1985; correspondence concerning the tenancy of Plas Newydd, Trewern, 1982-1984; personal and family papers, 1949-1984, relating to William Herbert Chapman (1955-1982) and to Murray Lloyd Chapman, including the latter's research notes and papers, on the history of Trewern and Montgomeryshire families and his work in civil engineering, 1973-1986. Plans of the estate and proposed improvements to the farm buildings accompanied some of the papers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically by deposit; order within each deposit is by record type or subject.

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 in 'Minor Lists and Summaries 1984' at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

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

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited and donated by Mr Murray Ll. Chapman, Trewern Hall, Trewern, Welshpool, between August 1983 and September 1988.


Related material: Plans which accompanied the Trewern Deeds and Papers are at NLW, maps collections. Further deeds and documents relating to Trewern Hall are in NLW, Powis Castle Deeds and Powis Castle Correspondence.

Publication note: Chapman, M. Ll., 1988, 'Trewern Hall, its owners and occupiers', Montgomeryshire Collections 76.


Note: Title supplied from contents 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 Minor Lists and Summaries (1984); Chapman, M. Ll., 'Trewern Hall, its owners and occupiers', Montgomeryshire Collections, 76 (1988), pp. 31-106.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003.

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Personal names
Chapman , Murray Ll.
Chapman , William Herbert , 1955-1982
Chapman family , of Trewern Hall

Corporate names
Plough and Harrow Inn (Trewern, Powys, Wales)
Trewern Hall Estate (Wales)


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