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Flintshire Record Office
Bodelwyddan manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/BD

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Bodelwyddan Estate Papers

Short Title: Bodelwyddan manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1724-1952

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 316 items

Name of creator(s): Bodelwyddan estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Bodelwyddan was the seat of the Humphreys family until it was purchased in the late 17th century by Sir William Williams (1643-1700), Speaker of the House of Commons. The estate descended to his second son, Sir John Williams of Bodelwyddan and Chester, who was created a baronet in 1798. The estate then passed to his son, Sir John Hay Williams (1794-1859), 2nd baronet, who considerably enlarged the house in the early 19th century but died without male issue. The title and estate then passed to Sir Hugh Williams, from where it descended in the male line. According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Sir Hugh Williams owned an estimated 9,371 acres in Wales (all in Denbighshire and Flintshire), with an estimated rental of £9,371. The estate was sold by the family in 1925.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds relating to the Bodelwyddan estate in Flintshire and Denbighshire, 1731-1925, including coal, lead, ironstone and fire clay mines, and deeds relating to Cardiganshire lead mines, 1859-1868; estate papers, 1861-1929, including correspondence and rentals; family papers, 1830-1898; and abstracts of title relating to the Bodelwyddan, Pengwern, Bodidris and Bodeugan estates, 1808-1918.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Deeds, Estate, Family, Legal and Miscellaneous.

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. Items 225-227 not to be produced without permission of the depositor.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of this catalogue is 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 Bodelwyddan estate records, 1788-1898, are National Library of Wales, Bodelwyddan Estate Records. The National Library of Wales also holds a small group of legal papers of John Williams (d. 1788), chief justice of Breconshire, Glamorgan and Radnorshire, in NLW MSS 4881-4898, and Canon Trevor Owen Papers. See also NT/519 - MS copy of recollections of life at Bodelwyddan in the 1870's by Miss Susan Mainwaring.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (1974).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2001

Bodelwyddan Estate (Wales) | Archives
Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire
Deeds | Wales | Flintshire
Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire
Estate administration | Wales | Flintshire
Lead mines and mining | Wales | Ceredigion
Williams family, | of Bodelwyddan | Archives

Personal names
Williams family , of Bodelwyddan

Corporate names
Bodelwyddan Estate (Wales)

Denbighshire (Wales)
Flintshire (Wales)

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