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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Allen family of Cresselly, and Hensleigh and Bartlett families, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0213 D/ALLEN

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Papers of the Allen family of Cresselly, including the Hensleigh and Bartlett families

Short Title: Allen family of Cresselly, and Hensleigh and Bartlett families, papers

Creation date(s): 1574-1942

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.5 cubic metres (26 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Allen family, of Cresselly


Administrative/Biographical history: The Allen family settled at Cresselly, Pembrokeshire, when John Allen (d. 1752), of Goodhooke, married Joan, daughter and heiress of John Bartlett of Cresselly in 1728. The Bartlett family had lived at Cresselly since 1564. John and Joan Bartlett's son and heir was John Bartlett Allen (b. 1733) who acquired Panteg (Panteague), Llanddewi Velfrey, Pembrokeshire, following his marriage to Elizabeth, only daughter and heiress of John Hensleigh of Panteg. The Hensleigh family had purchased Panteg from Sir John Stepney in 1619. Five generations of the Hensleighs remained at Panteg until the marriage of Elizabeth and John. John and Elizabeth were succeeded by their eldest son, John Hensleigh Allen (1769-1843), a barrister and MP for Pembroke Boroughs 1819-1826, who married Gertrude Seymour. He is also noted as owning Cefn y coed, Llanegwad, Carmarthenshire, by 1839. The Cresselly estate descended directly in the male line until Henry Seymour Allen (1847-1928), who died unmarried. The estate then passed to his nephew, Hugh Evelyn Allen (1880-1933). His heir was his only daughter, Auriol Joan Bartlett Harrison-Allen, later Evans. According to the 1873 return of owners of land, the estate measured 4,655 acres in Pembrokeshire, Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire, and carried an annual rent of £4,091.


Scope and content/abstract: Deeds relating mainly to the Cresselly estate in Pembrokeshire, 1695-1942; Carmarthenshire, 1706-1913, Glamorgan, 1698-1869, and Brecknockshire, 1761-1812, and documents relating to the marriage of John Allen and Joan Bartlett, 1651-1759, John Hensleigh Allen and Gertrude Seymour, 1574-1822, and John Bartlett Allen and Elizabeth Hensleigh, comprising the papers of the Allen family, 1651-1880, and the Hensleigh family, 1701-1859.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: the first group, (D/ALLEN/1-4) contains records of the marriage of John Allen of Goodhooke to Joan Bartlett of Cresselly 1728, the marriage of John Hensleigh of Penttege to Catherine Phillips, the marriage of John Bartlett Allen of Cresselly and Elizabeth Hensleigh of Panttege; Pembrokeshire deeds; non-Pembrokeshire deeds; and miscellaneous documents; the second group (D/ALLEN/5) contains Pembrokeshire documents and deeds; Carmarthenshire deeds and documents; Glamorganshire deeds and documents; Brecknock deeds and documents; and Herefordshire deeds and documents.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The papers came into the possession of Gregory Rowcliffe and Company, of Bedford Row, London, solicitors, and Mr Lloyd, Freestone Hall, Cresselly, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Gregory Rowcliffe and Company, solicitors, per the British Records Association in August 1985 and November 1986, and by Mr Lloyd, Freestone Hall, Cresselly, Kilgetty in September 1990, October 1990, and August 1995.


Related material: Further papers relating to the Allen family are Pembrokeshire Record Office, HDX/99, and ledgers containing estate rental accounts, 1802-1837 (NLW MS 17744D), and colliery accounts, 1803-1807 are National Library of Wales MSS 17744-5D.

Publication note: Inglis-Jones, Elizabeth, 'A Pembrokeshire county family', National Library of Wales Journal, xvii, (1971-72), pp. 136-60, 217-37, 321-42.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 3 vols, 1965-92); Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Carmarthenshire and their families, (Newport, 1997); James, Brian, 'The Great Landowners of Wales', National Library of Wales Journal, XIV (1965-66).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2001; minor amendments July 2005

Bartlett family, | of Cresselly | Archives
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Deeds | Wales
Hensleigh family, | of Panteg | Archives

Personal names
Allen , Bertram Wedgewood
Bartlett family , of Cresselly
Hensleigh family , of Panteg

Corporate names
Cresselly Estate (Wales)

Cresselly (Wales)
Llanddewi Velfrey (Wales)
Panteg (Pembrokeshire, Wales)
St Issells (Wales)

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