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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Slebech Estate records

Reference code(s): GB 0213 D/RTP/SLE

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Records of the Slebech Estate

Short Title: Slebech Estate records

Creation date(s): [c. 1734]-1955

Level of description: Fonds

Extent:

Name of creator(s): Slebech Estate, of Slebech, Pembrokeshire

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Slebech, Pembrokeshire, was home of the families of Barlow, Symmons, Knox, Phillips, and subsequently passed by marriage into the de Rutzen family. The Barlow family held the Slebech Estate from 1540 until the death of George Barlow in 1757, leaving a daughter, Anne. She married William Trevanion of Caerhays, Cornwall, in 1758 and, after his death, John Symmons of Llanstinan, Pembrokeshire. Symmons sold the estate to William Knox of Soho Square, who, in turn, sold it to Nathaniel Phillips (1730-1813) of Gloucester Place, London, in 1795. Nathaniel Phillips' father, also named Nathaniel (b. 1703), was a planter in Jamaica, where he engaged in the sugar trade and its by-products. Nathaniel the younger married his second wife, Mary Dorothea Phillips, of Pembrokeshire. Nathaniel and Mary had 4 children, Mary Dorothea (1797-1860); Nathaniel (1798-1824); Louisa Catherine and Edward Augustus (1802-1830). After the death of Nathaniel and Edward, the estate passed to Mary Dorothea and her sister, Louisa Catherine, the Countess of Lichfield, as co-heiress. It was in Rome when Mary Dorothea met Charles Frederick (1795-1874), Baron de Rutzen of Germany in 1821. They were married in 1822 and became Lords of the Manors of Slebech, Minwear, Newton, Narberth and Robeston Wathen, and of the Manors or Reeveship of Lampeter Velfrey and Llanddewi Velfrey. As Lay Rector, he was entitled to the Rectorial Tithe rent charges of Slebech, Minwear and Newton. Their eldest son, Baron Frederick Leopold Sapieha Manteuffel (1825-1890) died and was succeeded by his younger brother, Baron Rudolph William Henry Ehrard (1828-1915) who was later succeeded by his nephew, Alan Frederick James. Their 3rd son, Albert Richard Francis Maximilien (1830-1924), married Horatia Augusta Stepney Gulston, of Derwydd, Carmarthenshire. Their eldest son, Alan Frederick James (1876-1916) had married Eleanor Etha Audley Thursby Pelham, in Llandsadwrn, 1908. Their only son, John Frederick Foley de Rutzen (1909-1944) married Sheila Victoria Katrin Philipps, of Picton Castle, and their only child, Victoria Anne Elizabeth Gwynne de Rutzen, married Francis Dashwood. The estate had interests in Narberth.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Slebech Estate records, comprising: title deeds, 1774; manorial records, Manor of Narberth, 1759-1834 and other manors, 1816-1836; Narberth Fair toll house accounts and books, 1761-1833; leases and tenancy agreements, 1763-1835; rentals, 1770-1914; Narberth Market and market house papers, 1831-1836; general estate papers, [c. 1734]-1954; Jamaican estates, 1795-1909; and family settlements and related papers, 1742-1955. The majority of the records relate to the estate after it had been acquired by Nathaniel Phillips.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: title deeds; manorial records; Narberth Fair; leases and tenancy agreements; rentals; Narberth Market; general estate papers; Jamaican estates; family settlements and related papers

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.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Messrs. RTP Williams, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Haverfordwest

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: See also Pembrokeshire Record Office, GB 0213 D/RTP/BDR, Baron de Rutzen Archives.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description : Pembrokeshire Record Office, Records of the Slebech Estate catalogue; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, (London, 2000); The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959); Treasury of Historic Pembrokeshire, (Newport, 1998); Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996)

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2005.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Barlow family, | of Slebech | History
De Rutzen family, | Barons of Slebech | Archives
Estate administration | Jamaica
Estate administration | Wales | Slebech
Knox family, | of Slebech | Archives
Manors | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Phillips family, | of Slebech | Archives
Plantations | Jamaica
Slebech Estate (Wales) | Archives
Symmons family, | of Slebech | Archives

Personal names
Barlow family , of Slebech
De Rutzen family , Barons of Slebech
Knox family , of Slebech
Phillips family , of Slebech
Symmons family , of Slebech

Corporate names
Slebech Estate (Wales)

Places
Jamaica ()
Narberth (Wales)
Pembrokeshire (Wales)
Slebech (Wales)

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