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Flintshire Record Office
Potts & Co, solicitors, collection of deeds and documents

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/P

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Potts & Co, Solicitors, Papers

Short Title: Potts & Co, solicitors, collection of deeds and documents

Creation date(s): 1607-1927

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 419 items

Name of creator(s): Potts & Co., Solicitors.


Administrative/Biographical history: Potts & Co., Solicitors, until 1966 known as Potts and Ball, were based in Chester, Cheshire. The firm dealt primarily with estates in Chester, Flintshire and Denbighshire, including Kelsterton, Penbedw and Acton Hall. The firm originated as Widdens, Potts and Leeke, in 1779; until about 1930, the firm was based at Northgate House, Northgate Street, Chester, which also served as the family home. The firm's offices were then moved to 21 King Street, Chester. The Potts family also held an estate at Glanyrafon, Llanferres, Denbighshire.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of clients of Potts & Co., Solicitors, 1607-1927, including marriage settlements of the Potts family of Glanyrafon, 1771-1882; papers of the Bate family of Kelsterton, Flintshire, 1757-1878, consisting of deeds relating to Flint, 1853-1878; Mold, 1767-1852; Northop, 1757-1868; Sandycroft, 1805-1871; and Ysceifiog, 1825-1869, in Flintshire; and Chester, Cheshire, 1772-1871; map of an estate at Northop, 1806; sale particulars of lands in Flintshire, 1867-1870; Buddicom of Penbedw papers, including deeds relating to Cilcain, 1792-1927; Halkyn, 1826-1880; Nannerch, 1738-1844, and the Penbedw estate, 1728-1854, in Flintshire; Dwygyfylchi, Caernarfonshire, 1776-1829; Belton, Leicestershire, 1810-1899; estate papers, 1801-1883; plans, [19th century]; family papers, 1722-1887; papers of the Cunliffe family of Acton Hall, Denbighshire, including deeds relating to Gresford, 1807-1915; Holt, 1720-1784; Llanfair Talhaern, 1706; Sesswick, 1724-1820; and Wrexham, 1726-1904, and mixed parishes, 1637-1835; papers of Frost of Chester, relating to lands in Hawarden, Higher Kinnerton and Hope, Flintshire, 1792-1874; papers of the River Dee Company, 1732-1870; records of the Llanferres and Cilcain Enclosure, 1793-1818; miscellaneous deeds relating to lead and coal mines and various lands in Flintshire, 1607-1900; and Denbighshire, 1741-1872; and miscellaneous, 1694-1890.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Bate of Kelsterton; Buddicom of Penbedw; Cunliffe of Acton Hall; Frost of Chester; River Dee Company; Potts of Glanyrafon; Llanferres and Cilcain Enclosure; 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 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: Deposited by Potts & Co., Solicitors, Chester, Cheshire, England, 1964.


Related material: Related material is Flintshire Record Office, D/AH, D/B, and D/DM/131; Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies, Potts and Ball, solicitors, Chester, Records, DPB.


Note: Title supplied from name of collector. D/P/398 is missing - since 2003.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project and amended by Elizabeth Pettitt of Flintshire Record Office. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Potts MSS Catalogue; Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies online catalogue (, viewed 23 January 2004.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: Jan 2004; Jul 2005; Sep 2013

Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire
Deeds | Wales | Flintshire
Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire
Estate administration | Wales | Flintshire
Potts & Company, Solicitors | Records and correspondence

Personal names
Potts family , of Glanyrafon

Corporate names
Penbedw Estate (Wales)
Potts and Company

Chester (England)
Denbighshire (Wales)
Dwygyfylchi (Wales)
Flintshire (Wales)
Hawarden (Wales)
Penbedw (Wales)
Wrexham (Wales)

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