Fonds GB 0210 MSBWATER - Bridgwater Manuscripts

Identity area

Reference code



Bridgwater Manuscripts


  • [1773] x [1883] (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

12 vols

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Thomas Charles ('Charles o'r Bala'; 1755-1814) was most likely born in Longmoor in the parish of Llanfihangel Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire. He became one of Wales's greatest Methodist leaders and educationalists, taking a primary role in establishing Cymdeithas y Beiblau (The Bible Society) in order to disseminate inexpensive Bibles in the Welsh language, and also in establishing sunday schools - an aspect of religious life which became prevalent amongst the Methodists.

David Charles (1812-1878), Calvinistic Methodist minister and grandson of Thomas Charles, was born in Bala. In 1837 he established a school which later became Coleg y Bala (Bala Congregational College). In 1842 he was appointed principal of Trefeca College, a position he held for twenty years.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by Griffith Jones, Holford, Somerset (formerly of Penarth, Glamorgan), per T. Bruce Dilks, Bridgwater, in 1944.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This collection contains miscellaneous papers relating mainly to Thomas Charles, Bala and to his grandson David Charles, Trefeca.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 4796-4807.

Conditions of access and use area

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

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume II (Aberystwyth, 1951).

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number


GEAC system control number


Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

September 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places

Physical storage

  • Text: NLW MSS 4796-4807.