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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth records

Reference code(s): GB 0213 D/LJ

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Records of Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth

Short Title: Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth records

Creation date(s): 1633-1972

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 9142 boxes and 54 vols.)

Name of creator(s): Lewis and James

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Messrs Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth, Pembrokseshire, was set up in 1895 by Thomas Lewis. Walter James joined the firm in 1902, and it became Lewis and James. The partners acted as clerks to many local bodies, including the Court of Petty Sessions, Narberth Cattle Market and Fairs Co. Ltd, Narberth and District Development Association, Narberth Gas Company and the Independent Order of Rechabites, Narberth branch; W. D. Lewis acted as Liberal Party agent in the 1890s. In 1984, the firm merged with Ungoed-Thomas and King, of Carmarthen and Tenby. The firm is now part of Messrs Lowless and Lowless of Pembroke Dock. They accumulated papers derived from the activities of the firm, and include earlier papers relating to the interests of its clients. Edward Howell James, of Llanfyrnach, father of Walter Robert James, who started the firm, was born in 1844.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Deeds and related papers relating to Carmarthenshire, 1633-1952, including Eglwys-fair-a-churig,, 1695-1913, and Llandissilio, 1633-1930; deeds realting to Pembrokeshire, 1734-1963, including Llandewi Velfrey and Penhenrhiw in Llanwinio, 1698-1901; miscellaneous deeds, 1680-1952; sale catalogues, 1819-1956; papers of W. D. Lewis as Liberal Party agent, 1895-1912; Narberth Cattle Market and Fairs Co. Ltd, records and correspondence, 1909-1931; Narberth and District Development Association, copy minutes, correspondence and plans, 1945-1958; solicitors office account books and papers, 1837-1972; auctioneer's account books, 1869-1912 ; miscellaneous account books, 1819-1932; county court, 1847-1938; First Pembrokeshire Volunteer Regiment, C Company attendance book, 1917; Narberth Gas Company minute books, 1847-1895; tithe collection records, 1839-1911; local government papers, 1867-1886; papers of Thomas Lewis as Clerk of Commissioners of Inland Revenue for the Narberth division, 1857-1949; papers of W. R. James as Clerk to Tribunal appointed under the National Registration Act, 1912, 1915-1918; Narberth Savings Bank, 1857-1886; Independent Order of Rechabites, Narberth branch, 1903-1948; register of documents under Land Charges Act 1923-1941; insurance agencies, 1889-1960; Petty Sessions (Narberth division), 1895-1897; Devonald School Endowment Trust, Rushacre, 1909-1969; client files and papers, 1828-1963, including Edward Howell James, of Llanfyrnach, archives, [c. 1828]-1916; miscellaneous sale plans, [20th century]; and miscellaneous maps, 1938 and undated.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: sale catalogues; deeds; maps; miscellaneous; Liberal; Narberth Cattle Market and Fairs Co. Ltd.; Narberth and District Development Association; office papers; auctioneer's papers; miscellaneous account books; county court; Pembrokeshire Volunteer Regiment; Narberth Gas Company; tithe; local government; Clerk of Commissioners of Inland Revenue and Land Tax; National Registration Act; local tribunals; Narberth Saving Bank; and Independent Order of Rechabites, Narberth branch

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply. Some are very fragile.

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 Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained. Printed books depsoited with the collection have been transferred to the Library.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth, between c. 1966 and 1984.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title from content 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 Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2005


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Deeds | Wales | Carmarthenshire
Deeds | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Land value taxation | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Lewis and James | Archives
Pembrokeshire (Wales) | History
Pembrokeshire (Wales) | Maps
Pembrokeshire (Wales) | Politics and government
Pembrokeshire (Wales) | Sources
Solicitors | Wales | Narberth
Tithes | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Trusts and trustees | Wales | Pembrokeshire

Personal names
James , Edward Howell , b. 1844

Corporate names
Devonald School Endowment Trust
Great Britain | Court of Petty Sessions (Pembrokeshire). | Narberth Division
Independent Order of Rechabites. | Narberth Tent
Lewis and James
Narberth Cattle Market and Fairs Company
Narberth Gas Company
Narberth Savings Bank

Places
Carmarthenshire (Wales)
Eglwys Fair a Churig (Wales)
Llanddewi Velfrey (Wales)
Llandysilio (Carmarthenshire, Wales)
Llanfyrnach (Wales)
Llanwinio (Wales)
Narberth (Wales)
Pembrokeshire (Wales)
Rushacre (Wales)

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