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Flintshire Record Office
Jones, J. W., Rhyl papers

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/DM/919

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: J. W. Jones MSS

Short Title: Jones, J. W., Rhyl papers

Creation date(s): 1789-1985

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 155 items

Name of creator(s): Joseph William Jones (1903-1985) of Rhyl


Administrative/Biographical history: J. W. (Joseph William) Jones (1903-1985) of Rhyl, Flintshire, was a local historian. His father, Joseph Jones (d. 1944), worked as a cabinetmaker and upholsterer until 1911, when he became licensee of the Swan Inn, Rhyl. J. W. Jones served for two years as a war reserve constable in Liverpool City Police, and then took over the licence of the Swan Inn from 1944 until 1958. By the mid 1930s, he had developed an interest in the history of the Rhyl area. He was involved in local drama, and composed light music and popular songs. His local history researches led to the publication of Rhyl - the town and its people (1970). J. W. Jones died in 1985.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of J. W. Jones, 1789-1985, including diaries, notes and other personal papers, 1867-1979; the manuscript of Rhyl - the town and its people, [1970]; manuscripts of music composed by Jones, [mid 20th century]; records and personal papers of Joseph Jones, 1895-1919; records relating to the Swan Inn, 1911-1940; papers relating to Rhyl and district, 1850-1984, including programmes, posters and other papers relating to theatres, 1913-1984, programmes for local events, 1913-1980, publicity material, [late 19th century]-1982, press cuttings and notes, 1916-1984, printed brochures and booklets, 1895-1983; papers and printed matter relating to other areas of Wales, [c. 1878]-1985; and miscellaneous newspapers and books, 1789-1971.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: personal and family papers; papers relating to Rhyl and district; papers relating to other local areas or Wales generally; and miscellaneous.

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

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Publication note: J. W. Jones based Rhyl - the town and its people (1970), on the material he collected.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive contains earlier printed materila and records relating to his father, accumulated by J. W. Jones.

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

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Amateur theatre | Wales | Flintshire
Jones, J. W. | (Joseph William), | 1903-1985 | Archives
Music | Wales | Rhyl
Printed ephemera | Wales | Rhyl
Rhyl (Wales) | History
Taverns (Inns) | Wales | Rhyl

Personal names
Jones , J. W. (Joseph William) , 1903-1985

Corporate names

Rhyl (Wales)

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