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Powys County Archives Office
Pryce Jones Ltd and other Newtown records

Reference code(s): GB 0223 MX/43

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Pryce Jones and other records

Short Title: Pryce Jones Ltd and other Newtown records

Creation date(s): 1606-[20th century]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.075 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Pryce-Jones Ltd, Royal Welsh Warehouse; Jones family of Rock House; Bennett family of Newtown; Meddins family of Newtown; Davies family of Manafon.


Administrative/Biographical history: The Jones family of Rock House, Llanllwchaiarn, Montgomeryshire, were owners of the Rock estate, Llanllwchaiarn and Newtown. The Bennett and Meddins families lived in Newtown, Montgomeryshire. The Davies family lived in Manafon, Montgomeryshire. Pryce Jones (1834-1920) of Newtown was a mail order and parcel post pioneer. He began his own drapery business in Newtown in 1859, and from there established the world's first mail order service. His Royal Welsh Warehouse was opened in the town in 1879. He was knighted in 1887, becoming Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones. He died on 11 January 1920 and was buried in Llanllwchaiarn.


Scope and content/abstract: Solicitors' records, 1606-[20th century], including deeds and correspondence relating to property in Newtown, Llanllwchaiarn, Trefeglwys, Kerry, Llandinam, Guilsfield and Castle Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, 1606, 1700-1896, including the Rock estate and Jones family, Llanllwchaearn and Newtown, 1788-1855; papers relating to Pryce Jones, 1861-1898, 1930, comprising mainly legal papers regarding cause in Chancery of Pryce Jones v. Barrington, Morgan and Co., 1880; photocopies of papers relating to Pryce Jones, [20th century]; letters and other papers relating to the Bennett and Meddins families, 1776, 1821-1873; papers of the Davies family of Manafon, 1732-1846, comprising wills and Manafon deeds; sale particulars and notices relating mostly to Montgomeryshire properties, 1849-1905; papers regarding privileges of Montgomery Borough, 1783-1826; and photocopies of miscellaneous documents, [20th century].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Rock estate; Pryce Jones; Bennett and Meddins families of Newtown; Davies family of Manafon; and miscellaneous papers.

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: Originated with a Newtown solicitor and were received in eight bundles.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased, 1990.


Related material: Further Pryce Jones records are in Powys County Archives Service, M/D/PJ.


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, MX/43, catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001); Powys Digital History Project website (, viewed 27 April 2005.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2005

Deeds | Wales | Powys
Equity | Wales | Powys
Estate administration | Wales | Powys
Mail-order business | Wales | Newtown (Powys)
Personal archives | Wales | Powys

Personal names
Bennett family , of Newtown
Davies family , of Manafon
Jones family , of Rock House
Meddins family , of Newtown
Pryce-Jones , Pryce , 1834-1920 , Sir

Corporate names
Pryce Jones (Firm)
Rock estate (Wales)

Llanllwchaiarn (Powys, Wales)
Manafon (Wales)
Montgomeryshire (Wales)
Newtown (Powys, Wales)

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