Fonds GB 0210 MSCORST - Corston manuscripts

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Corston manuscripts


  • 1745-1905 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

72 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Henry Leach of Corston, Pembrokeshire, military captain, Justice of the Peace for Pembrokeshire and Sheriff of the same (1852), was born in 1824. He married in 1867 Mary Edwardes Lloyd of Cil-y-bebyll, Glamorgan. John Leach of Ivy Tower, Pembrokeshire, military major, also served as Justice of the Peace for Pembrokeshire and Sheriff of the same (1855). He was born in 1826, the son of John Leach of Pembroke. Educated at Harrow School and at University College, Oxford, he married in 1851 Mary Anne Agnes Skrine of Warleigh Manor in Bath. The name Ivy Tower first became associated with his residence in 1771.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs D. C. Leach; Corston; Purchase; 1937.

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Scope and content

Papers, 1745-1905, relating mainly to the Leach family of Corston and Ivy Tower, Pembrokeshire, the collection being largely composed of accounts, sale books, rentals and other details of estate management, together with material relating to family wills and personal estate. Amongst the material not directly relating to Corston and Ivy Tower are a late eighteenth century commonplace book belonging to Thomasina Smith (afterwards wife of Abraham Leach of Corston); a log book, 1864-1867, of Robert Owen Leach, commanding officer of HMS Liverpool; and army message books, 1901, kept by Captain Henry Edmund Burleigh Leach whilst serving in the South African War.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 11162-11228.

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Related units of description

For papers of the Ivy Tower estate see Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire Record Office, HDX/833. See also NLW MS 11091E; a plan, 1858, of the Corston estate (NLW roller map B122 11/1/1); NLW Pemb. 043 Filing Cabinet; a map, 1772, of the Corston estate (NLW MAP 7536 134/2/2); and particulars, plan and conditions of sale, 1913, for part of the Ivy Tower estate (NLW Pemb. 086 Filing Cabinet).

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Title based on contents of fonds.


Previously known as Corston 1-72.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2009.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961); Thomas Nicholas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 1872); Archives Network Wales WWW site; Genuki WWW site.

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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