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Powys County Archives Office
Powysland Club, archives

Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/SOC/7

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Powysland Club Archives

Short Title: Powysland Club, archives

Creation date(s): 1745-1982

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Powysland Club


Administrative/Biographical history: The Powysland Club was founded in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, in 1867, making it the oldest county historical society in Wales. Club members established the Powysland Museum in 1874. From 1868 the Club has also published the journal Montgomeryshire Collections. The Club also collected archival material relating to Montgomeryshire. Robert Owen (1865-1948) of Welshpool was a local historian, a member of the Powysland Club's Council and a printer and publisher. He wrote on Welshpool and Montgomeryshire history, including the volumes In the Heart of Powysland (Welshpool, 1930) and (with J. E. Roberts) The Story of Montgomeryshire (Cardiff, 1916). Roderick Urwick Sayce (1890-1970) was a social anthropologist, born in Welshpool. He studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, gaining an MA in Geography and later edited Montgomeryshire Collections. Thomas Jones (fl. 1843-48) and David Jones (d. 1920) were Police constables based in Montgomeryshire.


Scope and content/abstract: Documents relating to Welshpool and Montgomeryshire, 1745-1982, including Robert Owen papers relating to Welshpool, 1745-1917, including poor rates, 1745-1792, Welshpool Vestry minutes, 1793-1849, and notes, [20th century]; R. U. Sayce university notes, 1919; journals of Thomas Jones, 1843-1848; sales particulars, 1825-1935, including the Leighton Hall estate, 1931; notebooks of David Jones, 1881-1911; rental of Francis Allen, 1822-1852; Carreghofa tithe map and apportionment, 1828, 1837.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Robert Owen papers; R. U. Sayce records; miscellaneous; Montgomeryshire Constabulary (1st deposit); rental; sale particulars (2nd deposit); correspondence (3rd deposit); (4th deposit); David Jones notebooks (5th deposit).

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: M/SOC/7/60-61 donated by Miss E. Mabel Jones, David Jones' daughter, to Llanwddyn Museum, 1991.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Powysland Club, 1990-[1997].


Related material: Further records formerly in the possession in the Powysland Club are in the National Library of Wales.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Records deposited on loan by the Powysland Club, catalogue; Powys County Archives Service, Deposits from the Powysland Club, catalogue; The Powysland Club website (, viewed 22 February 2005; BBC Cymru Wales website (, viewed 22 February 2005; 'Obituary', Montgomeryshire Collections 50 (1947-8), pp. 120-121; R. U. Sayce obituary, Montgomeryshire Collections 61 (1969-70), pp. 168-170.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2005

Owen, Robert, | 1865-1948 | Archives
Police | Wales | Powys
Powys (Wales) | History | Research
Powys-land Club | Archives
Sales particulars | Wales | Powys
Tithes | Wales | Powys | Maps

Personal names
Owen , Robert , 1865-1948
Sayce , R. U. (Roderick Urwick)

Corporate names
Powys-land Club

Montgomeryshire (Wales)
Welshpool (Wales)

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