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Bangor University
Papers of W. Owen, Auctioneers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS WOA

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers of W. Owen, Auctioneers

Short Title: Papers of W. Owen, Auctioneers

Creation date(s): 1879-1970

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 25 items

Name of creator(s): W. Owen, Auctioneers


Administrative/Biographical history: W. Owen is a family-run firm of auctioneers, which was established by William Owen in 1918 and based originally at the Masonic Chambers, Bangor. The business was passed on from father to son, as firstly William Norman Owen and then William Anthony Owen, who is the current owner, took over. The firm moved to Cathedral Chambers in 1926 and is now located at 314 High Street, Bangor.


Scope and content/abstract: Contains sales catalogues with particulars relating to the sale of Anglesey property including Anglesey Castle, theatrical costumes and jewellery in 1904; three Caernarfonshire properties, Pengwern Hall in Rhuddlan, Cantref in Caernarfon and Pen y Bryn in Aber, sold in 1905, 1937 and 1970 respectively, as well as particulars from the sale of Beau-Desert, Staffordshire (home of the Marquess of Anglesey).
Also includes particulars of items stolen, persons wanted and charged by the Constable's Office, Caernarfon between 1879 and 1881; an Inventory of the Bull Hotel, Llangefni, Anglesey. Also contains two printed articles written by Thomas J. Owen, of Pen-y-Bryn, Aber, Caernarfonshire, one of which is a short history of Aber, the other relates to a case of furious driving which occurred in Aber in 1773, which, the article states, was transcribed from material in the Caernarfonshire Great Sessions papers among the Porth yr Aur solicitors papers at the University of Wales, Bangor.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material is arranged chronological order 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: 34430-34454

Language codes: eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by William Norman Owen (known as Norman Owen) of W. Owen, Auctioneers, Bangor.


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


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, November 2001.

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

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

Auctioneers | Wales, North
Constables | Wales | Gwynedd
Theatres | Wales | Anglesey
Traffic violations | Wales | Gwynedd
Vendors and purchasers | Wales, North

Personal names
Owen , Thomas J. , of Abergwyngregyn

Corporate names

Abergwyngregyn (Wales)
Bangor (Wales)

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