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Flintshire Record Office
Bell Jones, William, Hawarden manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/BJ

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Bell Jones Papers

Short Title: Bell Jones, William, Hawarden manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1564-1968

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 970 items

Name of creator(s): William Bell Jones, FSA, (1868-1958) of Hawarden [collector]


Administrative/Biographical history: This collection of consistory court, parish and antiquarian papers was purchased from the representatives of the late William Bell Jones, FSA, JP (1868-1958), who was for many years churchwarden, parish clerk and postmaster of Hawarden, Flintshire. He held at various times the offices of Chairman of Hawarden Parish Council and Rural District Council, Governor of Hawarden Grammar School, Manager of Hawarden Church Schools, and Secretary of the Flintshire Historical Society. In his official capacities, and due to his interests in local history, he amassed a collection of parish records relating to Hawarden, including Consistory Court records. As a peculiar, the parish of Hawarden was exempt from episcopal jurisdiction, and, as such, had its own Consistory Court. The rectors held their own ecclesiastical courts, proved wills and granted marriage licences. Its powers were abolished in 1858, and at that date, the majority of the Hawarden wills were transferred to the St Asaph Probate Registry, together with other Consistory Court papers. Bell Jones also collected material relating to the Glynne and Gladstone families, Hawarden Grammar School, and antiquarian notes. The major part of this collection consists of parish records of various kinds, including a small collection of Consistory Court papers retained in Hawarden when the wills, inventories and other papers were removed to St. Asaph District Probate Registry. For an index to this latter group (now in the National Library of Wales) see Publications of the Flintshire Historical Society Vol.4 (1913). A small group of parish papers, also in Flintshire Record Office (D/CL/54-71) complements this collection and the Hawarden Parish Records.


Scope and content/abstract: Hawarden Consistory Court records, 1564-1839, including acts, [c. 1617]-1699, process papers, 1564-1817, probate records, 1566-1778, and marriage bonds and licences, 1628-1839; papers relating to the incumbent at Hawarden, 1729-1914, including Preachers' Books, 1824-1914, and tithe records, 1740-1843; vestry minutes, 1726-1894; vestry acts, 1790-1813; select vestry minutes, 1740-1764; churchwardens' accounts and other records, 1668-1954; records of the overseers, 1613-1847, including accounts, 1687-1817, apprenticeship indentures, 1696-1782, bastardy bonds, 1613-1832, and settlement examinations and removal orders, 1717-1846; items relating to local charities, 1745-1912; documents relating to enclosure in Saltney and Flint, 1778-1828; letters relating to Hawarden Grammar School, 1805-1825; acts and reports relating to the River Dee, 1684-1932; Glynne family papers, 1724-1859; Gladstone family papers, 1865-1915; prints and photographs, [18th century]-1934; plans, 1684, 1834-1839, and photostats of plans, [20th century] of the River Dee; items relating to St Mary's Church, Broughton, 1825-[c. 1924]; Civil War tracts and pamphlets, 1640-1643; and articles and notes on local history by Bell Jones and others, [mid 19th century]-1929.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Consistory Court; incumbent; vestry; churchwardens; overseers (Hawarden parish records); documents; and notes and articles (antiquarian collection).

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 and the National Register of Archives. Catalogue is searchable online at:


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further Hawarden parish records are Flintshire Record Office, D/CL/54-71 and P/28. A number of printed books and pamphlets including Bell Jones' four-volume typewritten "History of the Parish of Hawarden" were purchased with these papers, and are to be found in the Flintshire Record Office searchroom library. For a discussion of the work of the Consistory Court, see W.E.B. Whittaker's "On 'Peculiars' with special reference to the 'Peculiar' of Hawarden", Chester Archaeological Society Journal Vol. 9 (1904).


Note: Title supplied from name of collector of fonds. Several hundred loose papers in this collection were bound into folders. Reference is made to these by a letter followed by a folio number (e.g. C5).

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. Item level descriptions input by Mrs Jean Parry. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Bell Jones MSS; Veysey, A. G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Denbigh, 1974).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2004

Clergy | Wales | Hawarden
Ecclesiastical courts | Wales | Hawarden
Enclosures | Wales | Flintshire
Flintshire (Wales) | History
Flintshire (Wales) | Photographs
Gladstone family | Archives
Glynne family, | of Hawarden | Archives
Great Britain | History | Civil War, 1642-1649 | Pamphlets
Parish councils (Local government) | Wales | Hawarden

Personal names
Gladstone family , of Hawarden
Glynne family , of Hawarden
Jones , William Bell , 1868-1958 , of Hawarden (Wales)

Corporate names
Hawarden (Wales) | Consistory Court
Hawarden (Wales) | Consistory Court
Hawarden Grammar School

Hawarden (Wales)

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