Reference code(s): GB 0214 DSA
Held at: Glamorgan Archives
Title: Stephenson & Alexander, Auctioneers and Chartered Surveyors, records
Short Title: Stephenson & Alexander, Auctioneers and Chartered Surveyor, records
Creation date(s): c1850s-2005
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: Information to be supplied.
Name of creator(s): Stephenson & Alexander
Administrative/Biographical history: Prior to Mr D.T. Alexander entering into partnership with Mr W.P. Stephenson, Mr Stephenson had been in partnership with a Mr Watkins, who started practising in Cardiff, Glamorgan, either at the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th century. Mr Alexander had been involved in practising from Pontypridd, Glamorgan in his own right as auctioneer from the mid 19th century. In 1877, D.T. Alexander and W.P. Stephenson formed Stephenson & Alexander; prior to that date, the firm had been known as Watkins & Stephenson. W.P. Stephenson died in 1885, and Alexander became head of the firm. Early in the 20th century, Alexander's sons, John and Hubert, joined him in the firm, and in due course became his partners. Up to his death in 1921, D.T. Alexander was still practising within the firm. The sons continued in their father's footsteps and became more involved with landed estates, mainly across South Wales but also in the West Country. In 1937, Hubert Alexander's son, Duncan, joined the firm, but with the intervention of the Second World War the running of the firm was left entirely to John and Hubert Alexander. Immediately after the war, Duncan Alexander became a partner, and in the 1950s, his younger brother, Peter, also joined the partnership. After the deaths of John and Hubert in 1954, the firm was run entirely by Duncan and Peter until the late 1960s, when William ("Bill") Hunt, who had been an employee of the firm since 1952, was appointed as partner. In 1976, Hugh James, who joined the firm in 1961, became a full partner. At the same time, David Davies, who had joined the firm in 1968, was made an associate partner, becoming a full equity partner in 1980. Duncan Alexander retired in the mid 1980s and Peter Alexander followed him in 1988. Bill Hunt retired in December 1993, after 40 years of service to the firm, and in July 1995 Hugh James died following a brief illness. Shortly before Hugh's death, his brother in law Peter Graham, who had been a local director of DTZ Debenham Thorpe in Cardiff, joined David Davies as a partner. In January 1999 Jason Jones, who had joined the firm in 1989, was appointed an associate partner, but left a few years later to take up a post in west Wales and in 2007 David Davies retired from the firm.
Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Stephenson & Alexander, [mid 19th Century] - [late 20th Century], include: sale room copies of auction particulars, 1903 - 1943; early auction particulars of Watkins, Stephenson, D.T. Alexander, and the firm, 1851-1893; Stephenson & Alexander's auction particulars, 1893-1903 [continuing]; other firms property brochures, details of sales by private treaty and auction particulars, 1874-1949; auction indices, 1878-1984; the firm's sale books, 1878-1988; Auction reports, 1914 - 1941; Newscuttings, 1888 - 1915 & 1938 - 1963; client files [late 19th Century] - [early 20th Century and continuing]; Auction sale contract books, 1919 - 1923; papers extracted from client files, 1911 - 1957; Bridgend office files, 1927 - 1950; file indexes 1894-1975; the firm's Ordnance Survey map departments indexes; Indexed plans; Ordnance Survey maps with land ownership marked or notes added; unmarked Ordnance Survey maps; books, pamphlets, reports, directories, or catalogues found at and surplus to the firm's needs, 1932-1983; printer's blocks used for particulars, catalogues and promotional material; registers of property required and available, 1980s-2010;a set of Ordnance Survey maps of the Bridgend and Cowbridge Union; David and David (also E. David and David) maps of land of the Church in Wales; sundry client papers, 1851-1933; a photograph of old Beaupre [late 19th century]; papers relating to the shareholdings of D.T. Alexander in the United Kingdom and the Old Commonwealth, 1872 to 1923; individual collections of earlier papers of the Llanharan (Blandy Jenkins) Estate 1859 - 1978; the Crawshay Bailey Estate office, Pentre, 1857-1965 (which includes papers after the closure of the Pentre office in the 1950s but which had not incorporated into the firm's filing system); papers of Henry H. Hollier (as solicitor and agent to the Crawshay Bailey Estate and in some instances for other matters), 1854-1886; Agreements entered into by Stephenson & Alexander for unnamed clients; Sundry client papers; the St. Athan estate of Owen Williams of Crossways; and the Mathison Estate. [There are item lists available in hard copy format for large parts of the collection that do not currently appear on the database; please ask a member of staff if you wish to consult these.]
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: DSA/1-30, work for clients; DSA/31-47, partners activities; DSA/48-52 firm's business papers; DSA/53-56, personal and family papers; DSA/58-69, the Llanharan (Blandy Jenkins) Estate; DSA/70-119, the Crawshay Bailey Estate; DSA/120, papers of H. J. Hollier, 1854 - 1886; DSA/121, Pictures and Engravings; DSA/123 Tenancies granted by the firm as agents for unnamed clients; DSA/124 Sundry Client Papers; DSA/125, Owen Williams St. Athan Estate; DSA/126, The Mathison Estate [possibly others to be listed]
Conditions governing access: There are no restrictions on access but all searchers wishing to use any of the records for legal purposes are required to notify the Duty Archivist beforehand and access may be refused if formal permission is not made.
Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.
Physical characteristics: Good to fair condition
Finding aids: Sections of the catalogue are available online, at http://calmview.cardiff.gov.uk/calmview/, for other sections a handlist is available at Glamorgan Archives and is in process of amendment and addition.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained. Additional records are in process of regular transfer.
Accruals: Accruals are expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the firm at various dates.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. This collection contains some unlisted records.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue of records for Stephenson & Alexander, Auctioneers and Chartered Surveyors.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.
Date(s) of descriptions: March 2004 (Amended and updated 17 May 2009 & 15 May 2011)