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Waters, W. H., research papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WATERS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. H. Waters Research Papers

Short Title: Waters, W. H., research papers

Creation date(s): 1925x1983

Level of description: Fonds.

Extent: 4 boxes (0.114 cubic metres)

Name of creator(s): W. H Waters


Administrative/Biographical history: William Henry Waters (1896-1983) was a former history teacher and deputy headmaster at Abergele Grammar School. He studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, from 1915 and graduated with a first class honours degree in history in 1920 (having served with the Royal Navy between 1916 and 1919). Subsequently, he won a research scholarship to study at Gonville and Caius Colege, Cambridge, and was awarded an MA in 1923 for his dissertation on 'Transport and Communication in medieval Wales'. His work entitled 'The Edwardian Settlement of North Wales in its administrative and legal aspects, 1284-1343', which was first published by the University of Wales Press in 1935, is based on his MLitt dissertation (Cambridge, 1925). His other major work, The Edwardian Settlement of West Wales 1277-1343, was published by his son Richard Gwyn Waters in 2000.


Scope and content/abstract: Research papers of William Henry Waters (1896-1983), including notes, transcripts and translations of documents held at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives), all relating to the preparation of his work 'The Edwardian Settlement of West Wales 1277-1343' (Abergele: Richard Gwyn Waters, 2000), and to The Edwardian Settlement of North Wales in its Administrative and Legal Aspects 1284-1343 (University of Wales Press, 1935).


Language/scripts of material: English; Latin.

System of arrangement: Arranged into seventeen files by Richard Gwyn Waters prior to their transfer to NLW.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: A detailed list, compiled by Richard G. Waters, of the contents of each file is available in a typescript volume available on the Open Shelves in the South Reading Room at NLW. Each file also contains a copy of the list of its contents.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All the files donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Richard Gwyn Waters, Abergele, son of W. H. Waters, June 1998 and October 2000.



Note: Title based on contents.

Archivist's note: The hard copy list describing the contents of the files was compiled by Richard Waters, with some amendments at NLW by Siân Bowyer. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: obituary of W. H. Waters by Professor Ralph Griffiths in 'Welsh History Review', vol. 11, no. 4 (December 1983).

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2010.

Wales | History | 1063-1536
Waters, W. H. | (William Henry), | 1896-1983 | Archives

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Waters , W. H. (William Henry) , 1896-1983

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