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Bangor University
Griffith William Hughes of Prestatyn Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS GWH

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Griffith William Hughes of Prestatyn Papers

Short Title: Griffith William Hughes of Prestatyn Papers

Creation date(s): c. 1910 - 1951 February 24

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 81 items

Name of creator(s): Griffith William Hughes of Prestatyn.


Administrative/Biographical history: Born in 1861, Griffith William Hughes was a native of Cefn-mawr, Denbighshire. Educated at Rhiwabon Grammar School, he worked for the New British Iron and Coal Company at Wynnstay Collieries, Rhiwabon where he became an accountant.
He was best known for his musical activities. He inaugurated the Cefn-mawr Choir and during his time living in Liverpool, he founded a large choir. He was also a composer of hymns and songs.
Later in life, he lived in Prestatyn, Flintshire, until his death in 1941 at the age of 80.


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscript and printed hymn tunes dating from ca. 1910 to 1940, including his most well known compositions, Buddugoliaeth and Bro Maelor .
Translations of the hymn Yn Eden cofiaf hynny byth , to which Griffith William Hughes composed his famous tune, Buddugoliaeth . Also, a file containing the draft of the song Tan y Gawod by Griffith William Hughes together with correspondence. The words were written by Rev. J. Eifl Hughes.
Essays on Eleazer Roberts, Liverpool and D. Pryse Jones together with newspaper cuttings of obituaries on Griffith William Hughes. Also included is a photograph of the composer.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Arranged according to record type and then chronologically 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: An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 22895-22969, 23769-23774

Language codes: wel eng


Archival history:

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Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, May 2002.

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

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

Hymns, Welsh | 20th century
Songs, Welsh | 20th century

Personal names
Hughes , Griffith William , 1861-1941
Hughes , J. Eifl (James Eifl)
Jones , D. Pryse
Roberts , Eleazer , 1825-1912

Corporate names


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