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Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office
J. Charles Hughes & Co., solicitors, Dolgellau, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/DAM

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

Title: J. Charles Hughes & Co., solicitors, Dolgellau Papers

Short Title: J. Charles Hughes & Co., solicitors, Dolgellau, papers

Creation date(s):

Level of description: Fonds


Name of creator(s): J. Charles Hughes & Co.


Administrative/Biographical history: John Charles Hughes, of Bryndedwydd, Dolgellau, Merionethshire, was a solicitor. He married Helen Jones on 15th April 1879. Their only son, Reginald Turner Hughes, of 37 Belsize Park Gardens, London, also a solicitor, died at the age of 45 in 1925. They also had three daughters, Helen Elizabeth Katharine Haines, Olive Harris, and Louisa Mary White. John Charles Hughes was authorized to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1916. The Vaughan Scholarship, restricted to the sons of freeholders of Merionethshire or a native of the county or one whose parents was a native of the county, was established by Deed Poll under the seals of Sir Robert Vaughan of Nannau and others. J. R. Hughes was secretary of The Merioneth Association of Independent Friendly Societies. John Charles Hughes & Co. accumulated papers relating to its clients interests, including deeds, wills and leases, and was involved in local government and charity administration.


Scope and content/abstract: J. Charles Hughes papers, including ledgers and cash books, 1901-1946; financial papers, 1908-1956; letter books, 1909-1914; printed matters, 1892-1956; case papers, 1912-1947; miscellaneous business, 1700-1954, insurance records; 1901-1953 and personal papers, (1879)-1926 ; Superintendent registrar for Merioneth South, 1920-1964; conveyancing, mortgages, leasing and tenancy agreements of Barmouth and Llanaber, 1861-1942; Brithdir and Islaw'r-dref, 1932-1945; Dolgellau (parish and town), 1702-1945; Ffestiniog, 1863; Llanbedr, 1883-1916; Llandanwg, 1876-1944; Llanddwywe, 1920-1922; Llanelltyd, 1924-1926, 1935; Llanenddwyn, 1884-1924; Llanfachreth, 1919-1941; Llanfair, 1887; Llanfihangel-y-pennant, 1937; Llanfrothen, 1928; Llangelynin, 1900-1926; Llangower, 1913-1924; Mallwyd, 1912-1943; Llanymmawddwy, 1912, 1920; Talyllyn, 1922, (1925), 1931-1945; Trawsfynydd, 1921-1923, 1927; Tywyn, 1924-1925; miscellaneous, 1852-1951; wills and probates, 1817-1940; mining and quarrying papers, 1888-1938; estate and family papers of Borthwnog of Llanellytd, 1875-1919; Brynbella Estate, 1918; Brynffynnon Estate, Dolgellau, 1909-1946; Caerynwch Estate, Dolgellau, 1832-1946; Dolgynlas of Corwen, 1886; Harlech Estate, 1838-1928; Llwyn Estate of Merionethshire and of Darowen, Montgomeryshire, 1884-1907; Mount Pleasant Estate, Dolgellau, 1725-1941; Penbryn Estate, Dolgellau, 1865-1950; Walker family, of Plasyndre, Corwen, 1807-1923; David Davies, of Min-y-Môr Terrace, Barmouth, 1866-1908; Miss Annie May Jones, Wylecop Stores of Dinas Mawddy, 1878-1965; Cadwaladr Roberts of Wern, Fairbourne, 1904-1943; Mrs Louise Mary White of Maestryfer, Llanelltyd, 1904-1957; Samuel Williams of Prysglwyd, 1896-1938; miscellaneous estate papers, 1654, 1915-1947; records of the Faenol Charity, 1921-1926; Y Marian (Dolgellau Green), 1558-1748; The Vaughan Scholarship, 1841-1949; papers from religious bodies, 1854-1935, Dolgellau Grammar School records, 1902-1955; The Merioneth Association of Independent Friendly Societies correspondence, 1932-1935; Medical Officer of Health files, 1921-1947 and Air Raid Precaution Service records, 1938-1939.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: general, business and personal papers of J. Charles Hughes; Superintendent registrar for Merioneth south; conveyancing, mortgages and related papers; leasing and tenancy agreements and related papers; wills and probate papers; mining and quarrying papers; estate and family papers; charities; religious bodies; education; friendly societies; medical officer of health; and Air Raid Precaution Service (ARP).

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives, the National Register of Archives and the National Library of Wales.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Records of the Talybont Petty Sessional Division have been transferred to Z/P5/6 under accession no. 890/903

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, J. Charles Hughes & Co., solicitors, Dolgellau Papers

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004

Charities | Wales | Gwynedd
Deeds | Wales | Dolgellau
Friendly societies | Wales | Gwynedd
Health services administration | Wales | Gwynedd
J. Charles Hughes and Co. | Archives
Religious institutions | Wales | Gwynedd | Records and correspondence
Schools | Wales | Dolgellau | Records and correspondence
Solicitors | Wales | Gwynedd | Archives

Personal names
Davies , David , of Barmouth
Jones , Annie May
Roberts , Cadwaladr
Walker family , of Plasyndre
White , Louise Mary , of Llanelltyd
Williams , Samuel , of Prysglwyd

Corporate names
Borthwnog Estate (Wales)
Brynffynnon Estate (Wales)
Caerynwch Estate (Wales)
Dolgelley Grammar School (Dolgellau, Wales)
Faenol Charity
Great Britain | Air Raid Precautions Dept. | Merioneth
Harlech Estate (Wales)
J. Charles Hughes and Co.
Llwyn (Dolgellau, Wales)
Marian (Trust)
Merioneth (Wales) | County Council. | Medical Officer of Health
Merioneth Association of Independent Friendly Societies
Mount Pleasant Estate | (Gwynedd, Wales)
Penbryn Estate (Dolgellau, Wales)
Vaughan Scholarship (Charity)

Barmouth (Wales)
Brithdir and Islaw’r-dref (Wales)
Dolgellau (Wales)
Ffestiniog (Wales)
Llanaber (Wales)
Llandanwg (Wales)
Llanddwywe (Wales)
Llanenddwyn (Wales)
Llanfachreth (Wales)
Llanfair (Gwynedd, Wales)
Llanfihangel-y-pennant (Wales)
Llanfrothen (Wales)
Llangelynnin (Gwynedd, Wales)
Llangower (Wales)
Llanymawddwy (Wales)
Mallwyd (Wales)
Tal-y-llyn (Wales)
Trawsfynydd (Wales)
Tywyn (Gwynedd, Wales)

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