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Carmarthenshire Archive Service
Panthowell estate, Tre-lech a'r Betws, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0211 PANTHOWELL

Held at: Carmarthenshire Archive Service

Title: Panthowell Collection

Short Title: Panthowell estate, Tre-lech a'r Betws, collection

Creation date(s): 1766-1908

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.030 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Williams family; Willes family; Trafford family


Administrative/Biographical history: The house of Panthowell, Trelech a'r Betws, Carmarthenshire, was owned by the Williams family for nearly three centuries. John Williams (d. 1773) was the last of the male line at Panthowell. The property passed to his daughter Margarette Vandewall Williams, who married the Rev. William Shippen Willes, of Cirencester, (d. 1822) in 1797; their son, William Willes, inherited the estate. By 1831, the estate consisted of Panthowell, Panthowell Mill, Crug y denyon and Ffynnon Sais. In 1834 the estate was sold to Lt-Col Thomas Samuel Nicholls (1787-1857), of Tenby, Pembrokeshire. In 1837, Nicholls adopted the name Trafford, his grandmother's family, and built a large mansion at Panthowell in c. 1850. His second wife, Maria, continued to live at Panthowell until her death in 1908. The property was then sold to local farmers.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and documents, 1766-1908 , relating to the Panthowell estate, Trelech a'r Betws , and the Williams, Willes and Trafford families, including deeds, 1766-1854; and copies of marriage settlements, 1766-1834.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service and the National Register of Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archives Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr and Mrs C. Thomas, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, 1984.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Small Collections, L-Z; Jones, Major Francis, Historic Houses of Carmarthenshire and Their Families (Newport, 1997).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2003

Deeds | Wales | Trelech a'r Betws
Estate administration | Wales | Trelech a'r Betws
Trafford family, | of Panthowell | Archives
Willes family, | of Panthowell | Archives
Williams family, | of Aberpergwm House | Archives

Personal names
Trafford family , of Panthowell
Willes family , of Panthowell
Williams family , of Panthowell

Corporate names
Panthowell Estate (Wales)

Carmarthenshire (Wales)

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