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Powysland Club deposits

Reference code(s): GB 0210 POWCLUB

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Powysland Club Deposits

Short Title: Powysland Club deposits

Creation date(s): 1336-1975

Level of description: Fonds


Name of creator(s): The Powysland Club


Administrative/Biographical history: The Powysland Club was founded in 1867 and is the senior county historical society in Wales. Among the Club's significant achievements are the publication of ninety eight volumes of its academically acclaimed journal the Montgomeryshire Collections, the creation of the first public museum in Wales and the establishment and maintenance of one of the finest private historical libraries in Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: The documents deposited in 1965 include: Deeds of properties in Montgomeryshire, Merionethshire, Radnorshire, Flintshire, Pembrokeshire, Buckinghamshire and Shropshire, 1336-1876; papers relating to the Trefnant estate in the parishes of Berriew, Buttington, Castle Caereinion and Pool and the affairs of the Lloyd family, 1765-1828; Ministers' Accounts of Nova Villa and Llanlloughhayron, 1593-4; account of arrears of rents in the lordships of Tirymynech, Stradmarcell, Llannerchidol, Tirdreff, Cedewen, Halcetor and Caereinion, 1716-8; rentals of the lordship of Oswestry, co. Salop, 1655-1719; transcript of a rental of Teirtref, late 17th century; rentals of the Vrongoch estate, 1842-56; rentals of the manors of Llannerchidol, Teirtref, Llanvilling, Carinion, Halsiter, Street Marcell, Kerry, Kedewen, Mochnant and Mechen, 1666-75; account of arrears of rents in the manor of Caereinion Iscoed and Uchcoed; accounts of the Overseers of the Poor in the parish of Guilsfield, 1763-1865, the borough of Pool, 1733-1830, and the Upper Division of the parish of Pool, 1780- 1833; assessments of Church rates in the parish of Pool, 1828-59; accounts of tithe rent charge in the parishes of Pool, Buttington, Guilsfield and Meifod, 1839-87; records of the First District of the Montgomeryshire Turnpike Roads Trust, 1756-1893; and land tax for returns for co. Montgomery, 1826-31. Also includes a collection of genealogical material mainly relating to Montgomeryshire families. From a mass of miscellaneous material may be noted the correspondence with the Local Government Board relating to market tolls in Llanfair and a conveyance of the market hall there, 1887-93; copies of descriptions of the bounds of the Manors of Carno, 1609, and Cyfeiliog, 1701, the parish of Llanfyllin, 1704, the forest of Brythen (Breythin), 1523, and the borough of Pool, 1906; case relating to the tithes of Llanfyllin, post 1778; terrier of the glebe of Llangadfan, 1795; battalion order books of the 4th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers, 1881-97. The documents deposited in 1966-1967 include: Parochial records of the following parishes in co. Montgomery: Guilsfield, Llanwddyn, Pool-Upper Division, Middle Division and Lower Division. Register books of baptisms of the Calvinistic Methodist churches of Beulah, New Mills, 1810-1908, and Bethany, Tregynon, 1869-83; a minute book of the trustees of the First Division of Roads in co. Montgomery, 1797-1825; and a poll of the voters for the borough of Montgomery held at Welshpool, 26 July 1837; account books of Robert Owen of Welshpool, auctioneer and valuer; Powysland Museum visitors' book, 1916-32 (also contains minutes of the Welshpool Science and Art Class Committee, 1893-1901); a minute book, 1876-84, of the 'Private Dorcas Society originally formed by Mrs. Newill ... in 1865'; Galarnad er coffadwriaeth am y diweddar Barch. John Jones o Dalsarn . . . gan Fethodist Galarus (Caernarvon), and Y Cristion mewn cyflawn Arfogaeth gan Wiliam Gurnal (Yr Ail Ran. Trefecca, 1784). The documents deposited in 1978 include: A volume in 17th century hands containing lists of tenants and encroachments within the lordships of Kerry and Kedewain; and within the lordship of Halcetor; an incomplete and imperfect 17th century document relating to inquisitions held at Newtown and Pool, 4 and 5 James [1] respectively. An estimate of work required to be done in the erection of a town hall at Welshpool for the Town Council, May 1873. A volume containing the minutes of meetings held at Welshpool, 1877, to arrange a steeple-chase, with lists of officials and accounts of the steeple-chases held, 1877-86. Notes on the history of the South Wales Borderers written in 1888. The documents deposited in 1982 include: The Order Book for Montgomeryshire Quarter Sessions, 1707-37. This volume is to be kept henceforth with the official Quarter Sessions records. A further supplementary group of miscellaneous documents, 14th-20th centuries, mainly of Montgomeryshire interest (see NLW Annual Report 1965-66, p. 57; 1966-67, p. 57; 1977-78, p. 73), including sale catalogues, 19th- 20th centuries, mostly of Montgomeryshire estates; documents, 16th-18th centuries, relating to the manor of Halcetor; and material relating to the town and parish of Welshpool. The documents deposited in 1985 include: A further supplementary group of miscellaneous documents, mid 17th century- 1975, mainly of Montgomeryshire interest (see NLW Annual Report, 1965-66, p 57; 1966-67 p 57; 1977-78, p 73; 1982-83, p 51) including documents relating to Welshpool, mid 17th century-1975, Robert Owen and Newtown, 1817-1934, the Order of Druids, c. 1891-1923, and the Ancient Order of Foresters, c. 1885- 1917.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged in groups by the date of deposit: 1965, 1966-1967, 1978, 1982 and 1985.

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: Hard copies of the catalogues are available at the National Library of Wales: Preliminary schedule of Deeds and Documents from the Powysland Museum, Welshpool, deposited by the Powysland Club, per J. D. K. Lloyd, 1965, with a list of the additional group deposited in October 1966; Powysland Club Deposit: a box list of papers deposited in 1982; Powysland Club Deposit: a box list of papers deposited in 1985. The catalogues can also be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Powysland Club in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1978, 1982 and 1985.


Related material: The personal papers of R. U. Sayce (1890-1970), the former editor of the Montgomeryshire Collections, were deposited at the National Library in 1993. A further collection of R. U. Sayce Papers has been deposited at the Powys Record Office, Llandrindod. The papers of H. Noel Jerman in the custody of the National Library also contain material relating to the Powysland Club.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, lists of the Powysland deposits, 1965-1966, 1982 and 1985.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2006

Calvinistic Methodism | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Church finance | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Church management | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Church records and registers | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Commercial catalogues | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Deeds | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Land value taxation | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Powys-land Club | Archives
Public welfare | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Real property tax | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Rentals | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Roads | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Trefnant Estate (Wales) | Archives

Personal names
Owen , Robert , 1771-1858

Corporate names
Great Britain | Army. | South Wales Borderers
Powys-land Club
Trefnant Estate (Wales)


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