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Anglesey Archives
Newborough Mat Makers Association, records

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WM 301

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Newborough Mat Makers Association Records

Short Title: Newborough Mat Makers Association, records

Creation date(s): 1920-1940

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.003 cubic metres (1 item)

Name of creator(s): Newborough Mat Makers Association


Administrative/Biographical history: Newborough Mat Makers Association, Niwbwrch, Anglesey, was active between 1913 and 1940. Newborough (Niwbwrch) had a long history as a centre for the manufacture of rush mats, active since 1750, using the marram grass growing on sand dunes to the west of the village; the mats were used to cover hay-stacks. The industry had declined in the late 19th century, and in 1913 the Association was formed as a cooperative to make and sell the mats, at the instigation of Col Stapleton Cotton of Llanfair Pwllgwyn; previously, the mats had been bartered with local shopkeepers for goods, leaving the shopkeepers to transport and sell them further afield. By the 1930s, demand for the hay-stack covers was falling, and the industry disappeared shortly afterwards.


Scope and content/abstract: Minute books, 1920-1940, enclosing balance sheets and return, 1938.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.

Language codes: eng


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Unknown

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Publication note: Griffiths, Miriam, The Marram Weavers of Newborough (Llansadwrn, 1997), uses evidence from the records.


Note: Title compiled from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Minor List, Newborough Mat Makers Association; Williams, Moelwyn I., 'A further contribution to the commercial history of Glamorgan', National Library of Wales Journal, 1960; Owen, Hugh, 'The mat-weaving industry in Newborough', Transactions of Anglesey Antiquarian Society, 1923; Griffiths, Miriam (text), The Marram Weavers of Newborough (Llansadwrn: Magma Books (Robert Williams), 1997).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2003

Mat industry | Wales | Niwbwrch
Weaving | Wales | Niwbwrch

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Newborough Mat Makers Association

Niwbwrch (Wales)

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