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Flintshire Record Office
Whittingham, Frank S., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/WM

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Whittingham Papers

Short Title: Whittingham, Frank S., papers

Creation date(s): 1789-1984 (accumulated [1906]-1984)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 446 items

Name of creator(s): Frank Smart Whittingham (1895-1984)


Administrative/Biographical history: Frank Smart Whittingham (1895-1984) was born at Hafod Farm, Pontblyddyn, Flintshire, and farmed there for 50 years, taking over the tenancy from his father, William Whittingham, in 1928. He leased Pant farm, Caergwrle, which, like Hafod Farm, belonged to the Plas Teg estate, of the Trevor Roper family. In 1917, he joined the 3rd Reserve Hussars, later transferring to the Tank Corps. During the Second World War, he became an agricultural haulage contractor, and was a member of the War Agricultural District Committee for the Hope and Buckley area. He was a member of the National Farmers Union, becoming Caergwrle NFU chairman and president, and representing Flintshire NFU on the Welsh Regional Committee of the Wool Marketing Board. He was a Flintshire County Council councillor, 1958-1974, and was active on many committees. He was churchwarden at Hope parish church, and governor of Castell Alun High School. He retired to Bryn Iorcyn, Hope, in 1964, and died in 1984. He amassed a collection of papers relating to his farms and properties and his other activities.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of F. S. Whittingham, 1789-1984, comprising accounts and other papers relating to Hafod and Pant farms, 1890-1977; papers relating to the Trevor Roper family of Plas Teg, 1841-1974, as well as books, 1807-1847; deeds and other papers relating to Bryn Iorcyn, 1789-[c. 1890]; sale particulars and catalogues relating to the Hope and Caergwrle area, 1863-1982 (mainly 1915-1982); personal papers of F. S. Whittingham including diaries, 1906-1964, wartime papers, 1914-1919, 1939-1950, and books, 1892-1936; Whittingham family papers, 1878-1984, including deeds, 1878-1941, financial records, 1879-1938, probate records, 1880-1929, and photographs, [c. 1890]-[1930s]; papers relating to Flintshire County Council, 1909-1974; papers relating to farming in Flintshire and Wales, 1923-1977; records relating to Hope parish and parish council, 1850-1974; photographs, [late 19th century]-[1920s], relating to Treuddyn parish and school; St Asaph parish magazines, 1914-1926; and miscellaneous material relating to Hope, Caergwrle and elsewhere, 1906-1983.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, German

System of arrangement: Arranged by deposit into the following: Group One, estate/family; farming; parish and parish council; and miscellaneous; Group Two, estate/family; parish; and miscellaneous; Group Three, estate/family; parish; and miscellaneous; and Group Four, estate/family; 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.

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 have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers presumably passed to his daughter, Miss R. Whittingham, JP, of Bryn Iorcyn Manor, Caergwrle.

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes earlier records collected by Whittingham.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. Updated by Steven Davies, Flintshire Record Office. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Whittingham MSS.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Auction catalogues | Wales | Flintshire
Deeds | Wales | Hope
Farms | Wales | Flintshire
Hope (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Trevor Roper family | of Plas Teg | Archives
Whittingham family, | of Hope | Archives
Whittingham, Frank Smart, | 1895-1984 | Archives

Personal names
Trevor Roper family , of Plas Teg
Whittingham , Frank Smart , 1895-1984
Whittingham family , of Hope

Corporate names
Bryn Iorcyn Estate (Wales)
Flintshire (Wales) | County Council

Hope (Wales)

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