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Ceredigion Archives
Hext Lewes Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0212 D/HL

Held at: Ceredigion Archives

Title: Hext Lewes Collection

Short Title: Hext Lewes Collection

Creation date(s): 1835-1971 (accumulated [c. 1931]-1971)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Lewes family of Llanllyr; Cardiganshire Court of Quarter Sessions


Administrative/Biographical history: The Llanllyr estate, Cardiganshire, was inherited by Captain John Lewes (1793-1860) on his marriage to Mary Anne (1802-1842), daughter of John Vaughan Lloyd of Brynog (Braenog), Cilcennin, Cardiganshire, and resided at Brynog. Following the death of his father, William Lewes (1746-1828), the Llanllyr and Llysnewydd estates of the Lewes family were split. During the 19th century, the Lewes family of Llanllyr became involved in the local government of Cardiganshire. John Lewes's son, Colonel John Lewes (1829-1900) married Mary Jane Griffiths of Llwyndyrys, daughter of the Rev. C. Griffith in 1858. Following his marriage, John Lewes bought his father out of the Llanllyr estate. He became a Justice of the Peace for Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, and a Deputy Lieutenant for Cardiganshire, and served as High Sheriff of the county in 1865. Llanllyr house was demolished and rebuilt under Colonel John Lewes. He was succeeded by his son John Lewes (1860-1931), who married Louisa Hext from Cornwall in 1890. Captain John Hext Lewes of Llanllyr (1903-1992) researched the history of the Lewes family and the Llanllyr estate, accumulating numerous papers.


Scope and content/abstract: Records collected by Captain John Hext Lewes, 1835-1971, relating mainly to the Lewes family of Llanllyr and the Cardiganshire Quarter Sessions, 1846-1889, including printed minutes of business, 1887-1889; Cardiganshire County Stock Treasurers' receipts, 1846-1882; calendars of prisoners, 1881-1882; records relating to the Tithe Commutation Act, 1835-1842; records of Aberayron Poor Law Union, 1865-1866; letters of Colonel John Lewis, 1869-1884; papers and news cuttings relating to the Llanllyr estate, 1860-1897; and miscellaneous material, 1868-1971.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Ceredigion Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue

Language codes: eng


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Temporarily deposited by Captain J. Hext Lewes, Lampeter, Dyfed, 1975.


Related material: Further papers of the Llanllyr estate are National Library of Wales, Llanllyr Estate Records, Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Llysnewydd and Llanyllr Estate Records. Further records of the Cardiganshire Quarter Sessions are National Library of Wales, Cardiganshire Quarter Sessions.


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: Ceredigion Archives online catalogue (, Hext Lewes Collection, viewed 11 November 2003; KnowUK website (, viewed 11 November 2003; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties of Wales and County Families of Wales, Vol. I, (Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 2 vols, London, 1872), vol.I; Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their Families (Newport, Pembrokeshire, 1997).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2003


Personal names
Hext-Lewes , J. (John) , 1903-1992
Lewes , John , 1829-1900
Lewes family , of Llanllyr
Lewes family , of Llysnewydd and Llanllyr

Corporate names
Great Britain | Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cardiganshire)
Llanllyr Estate (Wales)

Cardiganshire (Wales)

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