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Flintshire Record Office
Bryn-y-Pys: Ethelston Deeds

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/BP/E

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Bryn-y-Pys: Ethelston Deeds

Short Title: Bryn-y-Pys: Ethelston Deeds

Creation date(s): 1733-1944

Level of description: SubFonds

Extent: 186 items

Name of creator(s): Ethelston family of Hinton Hall.


Administrative/Biographical history: Edmund Ethelston was the eldest son of Charles Wickstead Ethelston of Uplyme Rectory, Devon, and Wicksted Hall, Cheshire, and Anne Peel, daughter of Robert Peel of Wallington Hall, Norfolk. Edmund assumed the surname of Peel by royal licence in 1851. The Ethelston family also acquired an estate in Llandrinio, Montgomeryshire. Edmund inherited the family estates at Montgomeryshire and Norfolk and he purchased the Bryn-y-Pys estate in Flintshire in about 1850. According to the 1873 return of owners of land Edmund Peel of Bryn-y-Pys owned an estimated 5,779 acres in Wales (all in Flintshire, Denbighshire and Montgomeryshire) with an estimated rental of £11,187. During the twentieth century the Norfolk and Llandrinio estate were sold. After the death of Major Hugh Peel in 1950 the Bryn-y-Pys mansion was let and a large proportion of its contents sold. The mansion had deteriorated so badly that it was demolished in 1956.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds for lands in Cheshire, 1734-1922; Uplyme, Devon, 1793-1914; Whitchurch, Shropshire, 1734-1908; and Cheshire and Shropshire, 1749-1821; estate records, 1839-1917; financial records, 1794-1944; legal papers including abstracts, 1788-1878; and wills, 1783-1847.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into: deeds, estate records, financial records, family papers, and legal papers.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at:


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 papers relating to the Peel family of Bryn-y-Pys and its estates are Flintshire Record Office, D/BP, D/BP addnl, and Llandrinio (Montgomeryshire) deeds and estate papers; and Norfolk Record Office, MC 111.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project and updated by Steven Davies of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Bryn y pys MSS, catalogue; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (London, 2 vols, 1872), vol. I; Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952); James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales in 1873', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-6).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2001

Deeds | England | Cheshire
Deeds | England | Devon
Deeds | England | Shropshire
Ethelston family, | of Hinton Hall | Archives

Personal names
Ethelston family , of Hinton Hall

Corporate names
Hinton Hall Estate (England)

Uplyme (England)
Whitchurch (Shropshire, England)

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