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Bangor University
Rhianfa Estate Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS RHI

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Rhianfa Estate Papers

Short Title: Rhianfa Estate Papers

Creation date(s): 1799-1895

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 55 items

Name of creator(s): Williams family, Rhianfa Estate


Administrative/Biographical history: Rhianfa at Glyn Garth, Anglesey was one of the family homes of the Williams family of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire. The house was built on the site of a former tenement called Brynmelyn, originally part of the Ty Fry Estate of which Margaret Williams (1768-1835), afterwards first Lady Williams of Bodelwyddan, was heiress. She married John Williams (1761-1830), first baronet of Bodelwyddan, created baronet in 1798, who was a grandson of John Williams of Bodelwyddan, Chief Justice of Brecon and Radnor. Their eldest surviving son, Sir John Hay Williams (1794-1859), second Baronet of Bodelwyddan, inherited the property. He and his wife Lady Sarah (d. 1876) built the house, Rhianfa, in 1849-1850.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of family papers relating to the estate including deeds, correspondence, bills, surveys, tithe apportionments, maps of farms and other properties. The letters are mostly general estate correspondence; some refer to the building of Rhianfa on the site of the former tenement, Brynmelyn.


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System of arrangement: Material is arranged in chronological order according to record type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 13592-13635, 34512

Language codes: eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the Parciau Papers . A collection level description is available on the HE Archives Hub .

Publication note: Plas Rhianfa: A short history , based on the diaries of Lady Sarah Hay Williams, published ca. 1960.


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, October 2001

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Estate administration | Wales | Anglesey

Personal names
Hay Williams , Sarah Elizabeth , 1801-1876
Williams , John , 1761-1830
Williams , John Hay , 1794-1859 , Baronet
Williams , Margaret , 1768-1835

Corporate names
Bodelwyddan Estate (Wales)
Rhianfa Estate

Anglesey (Wales)
Menai Bridge (Wales)

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