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Flintshire Record Office
Acton Hall manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/AH

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Acton Hall Estate Papers

Short Title: Acton Hall manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1770-1885

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 43 items

Name of creator(s): Acton Hall Estate.


Administrative/Biographical history: In July 1785, the trustees of Acton Hall sold the Acton Hall estate, the tithes of Acton, and a moiety of tithes of Wrexham, for £27,000 to Sir Foster Cunliffe, 3rd Bart, of Saighton, Cheshire. The sale was effected in August 1787. Sir Foster repaired parts of the house in May 1786. Between 1821 and 1824, Heol Pwll y Kiln was purchased by him. Pant Iocyn was in the possession of Sir Robert Alfred Cunliffe, 5th Bart, in the latter half of the 19th century. On his death in 1905 the estate was rented to Sir William Hope Nelson, and in 1917, on the death of Sir Foster H. E. Cunliffe, it was sold to Sir Bernard Oppenheimer. The house was demolished in 1955.


Scope and content/abstract: Estate papers, 1771-1859; plans and surveys, 1803-1823; personal papers and accounts, 1770-1885; and miscellanea, 1805-1818.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into: estate papers, plans and surveys, personal papers and accounts, and miscellanea.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual Copyright restrictions apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives. Catalogue is searchable online at:

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained .

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further records relating to Acton Hall are National Library of Wales, Smallwood Deeds.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Palmer, A. N., History of the thirteen country townships of the old parish of Wrexham. Abeing the fifth and last part of 'A history of the town and parish of Wrexham' (Wrexham, 1903); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. 1; Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage (London, 1959); Williams, W. Alister, An Encyclopaedia of Wrexham (Wrexham, 2001). Amended by Elizabeth Pettitt and Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2001; edited September 2008 and June 2011

Acton Hall Estate (Wales) | Archives
Cunliffe family, | of Acton Hall | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Flintshire

Personal names
Cunliffe family , of Acton Hall

Corporate names
Acton Hall Estate (Wales)

Wrexham (Wales)

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