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National Library of Wales
Bonsall, R. E., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RICSALL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: R. E. Bonsall Papers

Short Title: Bonsall, R. E., papers

Creation date(s): 1930-1964

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Richard Emrys Bonsall


Administrative/Biographical history: Richard Emrys Bonsall (1908-1982) was an architect in the Aberystwyth area, Cardiganshire. He was educated at Ardwyn school, Aberystwyth, and afterwards apprenticed to the architect Gilbert Thomas Bassett. Before doing his RIBA examination he became Bassett's chief assistant. From 1940 until 1945 he worked at the Royal Ordnance Factories Planning Department. He then worked at University College Aberystwyth's Planning Department, and undertook commissions including alterations to hotels in Llangollen, Denbighshire, and Oswestry, Shropshire, and new houses in Aberystwyth. He died in 1982.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Richard Emrys Bonsall, mainly architectural papers relating to buildings in the Aberystwyth area, Cardiganshire, 1930-1964, including notebook with architectural notes, [c. 1930]-1935; diary of Hywel Owen Jones, 1930-1933; contract certificate counterfoils, 1938-1963; building specifications, 1946-1964; papers relating to alterations to the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Oswestry and the Royal Hotel, Llangollen, 1955-1964; and copy letters from him, 1959-1961.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: family papers and architectural papers.

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 1994, p. 3, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Dilys Bonsall, the wife of Richard Bonsall, Aberystwyth, in 1993.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1994.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Architects | Wales | Ceredigion
Architecture | Wales
Bonsall, R. E. | (Richard Emrys), | 1908-1982 | Archives
Jones, Hywel Owen, | d. 1933 | Diaries

Personal names
Bonsall , R. E. (Richard Emrys) , 1908-1982
Jones , Hywel Owen , d. 1933

Corporate names
Royal Hotel (Llangollen, Wales)
Wynnstay Arms Hotel (Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Wales)

Aberystwyth (Wales)
Llangollen (Wales)
Oswestry (England)

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