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National Library of Wales
British Records Association Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BRA

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: British Records Association Collection

Short Title: British Records Association Collection

Creation date(s): 1362-1925

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 3.045 cubic metres (110 boxes, 3 rolls)

Name of creator(s): British Records Association


Administrative/Biographical history: The British Records Association, formed in 1932, succeeded the British Record Society in its role in preserving and sorting documents and distributing them to the appropriate repositories. The main aim and objective is to encourage and assist with the preservation, care, use and publication of historical records.


Scope and content/abstract: Records relating to properties in Wales, mostly from London solicitors' offices, including court rolls and other records of the following manors of the Earl of Ashburnham: Brecknock-Alltmarcham, 1644-1826, Cantercelly, 1658-1810, Killonow, 1644-1826, Cwmdu, 1659-1839, Talgarth Borough, 1631-1826, and Wernfawr, 1644-1826; deeds and documents relating to the Earl of Ashburnham's estates in Breconshire and in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, [1706]-[1863]; the estates of the Griffith family of Cefnamwlch, Caenarfonshire, 1707-1842; a portion of the Glanusk estate, 1771-1918, in the counties of Brecon and Radnor owned by the Bailey family of Nant-y-glo; the Glandyfi estate, Cardiganshire, [1787]-[1904] including probates of the family of Jeffreys of Shrewsbury and Glandyfi Castle; the Slwch, Breconshire, and Bow, Middlesex, estates of the barons Tredegar, 1757-1913; the families of Tickell of Whitechapel and Cheltenham and Jones of Gwynfryn, Cardiganshire, 1769-1855, relating mainly to properties in Llangollen and Ruabon, Denbighshire, Llanbadarn Fawr and Llangynfelyn, Cardiganshire, and in cos. Middlesex, Surrey, Kent and Cambridge; papers relating to the development of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, 1790-1921; records relating to the affairs of the Milford Haven Dock & Railway Company, the Milford Dock Company, the Milford Haven Railway & Estate Company Ltd, and the National Provident Institution, London, in its connection with the Milford estate; records of the manor of Nethergorther, Montgomeryshire, 1750-1781; papers relating to the Holyhead Shipbuilding & Trading Company Ltd, 1867-1875; together with a large number of miscellaneous deeds and documents relating mainly to properties in all the Welsh counties and in Shropshire and Herefordshire, 1362-1925.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged by year of deposit, and by the BRA parcel number given to each deposit.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues (arranged by year of deposit) are available at the National Library of Wales. Further details of the manorial records can be found online on the Manorial Documents Register,

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the British Records Association between 1933 and 1977.


Related material: There are a number of other deposits and donations by the British Records Association held in NLW, including, Bryngwyn (Montgomeryshire) Estate Records (former title, British Records Association, 1966); Tredegar (British Records Association Group); Foley of Ridgeway Estate records; Crewe Read family of Llandinam Hall papers; Gwydir Estate records; a group of papers in the Gogerddan Estate Archive; Lois Sturt papers; NLW Deeds 1281-1282; Stuart Rendel diaries (NLW MSS 23028A; 23029-35B). A court book, 1678-1710, of the manor of Deuddwr, co. Montgomery was transferred to Minor Deposits, 290B. Maps and plans are also held at NLW. Further papers relating to the Voelas and Cefnamwlch, Ashburnham, Glanusk, Gwynfryn, and Tredegar Park Estates, are also held in NLW. Some documents relating to Nantgwyllt in the 1940 deposit were transferred in 1956 from NLW to Major-General R. S. Lewis and subsequently transferred to the Powys Record Office, Llandrindod Wells (R/D/BRA/259). Further papers relating to Voelas and Cefnamwlch estate are in University of Wales Bangor Archives Department and Gwynedd Archives, Caernarfon Record Office. The main Glanusk archive is in Powys Record Office.


Note: Title supplied from depositor of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description : NLW Schedules of British Records Association (1933-1978); WWW British Records Association website (, viewed 8 February 2006; WWW British Records Society website, viewed 8 February 2006; Guide to the Department of Manuscripts and Records. The National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth, 1994)

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Ashburnham Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Bailey family, | of Nantyglo | Archives
Cefnamwlch Estate (Wales) | Archives
Deeds | England
Deeds | Wales
Docks | Wales | Milford Haven
Glandyfi Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence
Glanusk Estate (Powys, Wales) | Records and correspondence
Griffith family, | of Cefnamwlch | Archives
Gwynfryn Estate (Cardiganshire, Wales) | Archives
Jeffreys family, | of Shrewsbury and Glandyfi Castle | Archives
Jones family, | of Gwynfryn | Archives
Milford Dock Company | Records and correspondence
Milford Haven Dock and Railway Company | Records and correspondence
Milford Haven Railway and Estate Company Limited | Records and correspondence
Morgan family, | Barons Tredegar | Archives
Railway companies | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Railways | Wales | Milford Haven
Ruperra Castle Estate (Wales) | Archives
Shipbuilding | Wales | Holyhead
Tickell family, | of Whitechapel and Cheltenham | Archives
Tredegar Estate (Wales) | Archives
Vaughan family, | Earls of Ashburnham | Archives
Wharfs | Wales | Milford Haven

Personal names
Bailey family , of Nant-y-glo
Griffith family , of Cefnamwlch
Jeffreys family , of Shrewsbury and Glandyfi Castle
Jones family , of Gwynfryn
Morgan family , Barons Tredegar
Tickell family , of Whitechapel and Cheltenham
Vaughan family , Earls of Ashburnham

Corporate names
Ashburnham Estate (Wales)
Cefnamwlch Estate (Wales)
Glanusk Estate | (Wales)
Gwynfryn Estate (Cardiganshire, Wales)
Holyhead Shipbuilding and Trading Company
Milford Docks Company
Milford Haven Dock and Railway Company
Milford Railway and Estate Company
Ruperra Castle Estate (Wales)
Tredegar Estate (Wales)


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