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Glamorgan Archives
Thompson family, of Cardiff, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DTC

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Thompson family of Cardiff papers

Short Title: Thompson family, of Cardiff, papers

Creation date(s): [17th century]-2003

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.7 cubic metres (11 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Thompson family of Cardiff


Administrative/Biographical history: The Thompson family originated in the English West Country, where they were members of the Society of Friends. In 1854, Charles Thompson (1815-1889) joined the firm of Spillers Milling, based in Bridgwater, Somerset. In the same year, the firm established a mill in Cardiff, Glamorgan, and in 1860, its head office was moved there. Charles Thompson had come to the town in 1857, setting up his home at Preswylfa, Llandaff; from 1864, he was chairman of the company, which had come almost entirely under Thompson control. He had several children, including James Pyke Thompson (1846-1897), Henry Woolcott Thompson (1848-1919), Charles Thompson (1851-1938) of Penhill Close, and Herbert Metford Thompson (1856-1939). James Pyke Thompson built Turner House Gallery in Penarth to display his art collection, and bequeathed it, with its contents, to Penarth Town Council. Subsequently it passed to the National Museum of Wales. He also made benefactions directly to the Museum, which has a Pyke Thompson gallery named in his honour. Herbert Metford Thompson, among his many activities, served as a city councillor and alderman, and, with his brother Charles, was instrumental in enabling the city to buy Llandaff Fields as an open space. Charles Thompson presented to the city Sir David's Field and the Dell adjoining it. Charles Thompson of Penhill Close married Honora Elizabeth Thompson (1857-1947), and their children included Jennifer Thompson (1885-1890), Haselden Thompson (1888-1977), Bernard Woolcott Thompson (1891-1970) and Eleanor Metford Thompson (1895-1974).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Thompson family of Cardiff, [17th century]-1977, including: records relating to James Pyke Thompson, 1888, 1939; records relating to Henry Woolcott Thompson, [c. 1910]; records relating to Charles Thompson (1851-1938) of Penhill Close, 1872-1972, and his wife Honora Elizabeth Thompson, 1871-1954; records relating to Jennifer Thompson, 1889; legal papers and correspondence relating to Haselden Thompson, 1882-1977; records relating to Bernard Woolcott Thompson, [c. 1896]-1970, including correspondence; records relating to Eleanor Metford Thompson, 1916-1974; photographs of Charles Thompson and his family, 1860-[c. 1940]; records relating to Herbert Metford Thompson, of Whitley Batch, Llandaff, 1868-[c. 1940]; published and unpublished writings of H. M. Thompson, 1876-1937; records relating to Joseph Metford (1776-1863), [c. 1804]-[c. 1880]; records relating to the family of William Metford (1803-1832), [c. 1850], 1918; records relating to Samuel Metford (b. 1810), [early 19th century]; records relating to Eleanor Metford (1818-1890), 1818-[late 19th century]; records relating to the Browne family, 1753-1835; and pedigrees, [17th century]-[20th century].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to date and type.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archive conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good to fair condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by a private individual at various dates.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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 the Thompson Family of Cardiff.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Thompson family, | of Cardiff | Archives

Personal names
Metford , Eleanor , 1818-1890
Metford , Joseph , 1776-1863
Metford , Samuel , b. 1810
Thompson , Bernard Woolcott , 1891-1970
Thompson , Charles , 1851-1938
Thompson , Eleanor Metford , 1895-1974
Thompson , Haselden , 1888-1977
Thompson , Henry Woolcott , 1848-1919
Thompson , Herbert Metford
Thompson , Honora Elizabeth , 1857-1947
Thompson , James Pyke , 1846-1897
Thompson , Jennifer , 1885-1890
Thompson family , of Cardiff

Corporate names

Cardiff (Wales)
Llandaff (Wales)
Penarth (Wales)

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