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National Library of Wales
Golden Valley Railway, (Hay extension), papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GOLWAY

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Golden Valley Railway (Hay Extension) Papers

Short Title: Golden Valley Railway, (Hay extension), papers

Creation date(s): 1875-1883

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.027 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Golden Valley Railway Company


Administrative/Biographical history: The Golden Valley Railway Company, initially operating a line from Pontrilas, Herefordshire, along the Golden Valley of the River Dore to Dorstone, Herefordshire, opening in 1881, extended its railroad from Dorstone, to Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire, in 1885, and it was not until 1889 that work was completed. Following limited success, the line was closed down in 1898, and sold to the Great Western Railway. The GWR undertook extensive upgrading of the line, and reopened it in 1901. The branch line ran passenger services until 1947 and ceased to carry freight in 1957.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating mainly to the passing of a Bill to authorise the Golden Valley Railway Company to extend its railway to Hay, 1875-1883, including legal papers, 1875-1877; financial papers, 1876-1883; and miscellaneous papers, 1876-1883.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: legal papers; papers relating to the Hay extension; and miscellanea.

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 1992, pp. 36-38, at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: It is not known who held the papers after the winding-up of the Railway Company.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Castle Hill Books (Peter Newman), Kington, Herefordshire, 1992.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1992; The Golden Valley Railway, (, viewed 9 May 2003; Trackbed website (, and Herefordshire SMR website ( viewed 1 September 2004. Note that the Herefordshire Golden Valley Railway is not connected to the Derbyshire narrow-gauge light railway of the same name.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2004

Railway companies | England and Wales
Railways | England | Herefordshire
Railways | Wales | Powys

Personal names

Corporate names
Golden Valley Railway Company

Breconshire (Wales)
Herefordshire (England)

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