Fonds GB 0210 SHAWHILL - Crosse of Shaw Hill Estate Records,

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Crosse of Shaw Hill Estate Records,


  • 1441-1820 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.315 cubic metres (11 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Bathafarn Park estate was owned by the Thelwall family since the 16th century; the family also acquired the Plas Coch estate. The Bathafarn estate passed from the Thelwalls following the marriage of Mary Thelwall with Robert Price, the second son of Roger Price of Rhiwlas, Merioneth. Their heir was Thelwall Price who died without issue in around 1767 and who bequeathed the estate to his cousin Richard Price who assumed the name of Thelwall. Another branch of the Thelwall family acquired the Nantclwyd estate. This estate also passed from the family following the marriage of the heiress, Martha, with Andrew Kenrick of Woore Manor, Shropshire. How, or when, the Crosse family acquired the estates is not revealed in the archive.

Archival history

The papers were held by Lancashire Record Office before their transfer to NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by R.H. Adcock, Clerk of the Peace of the County Council, Preston, with the consent of Miss K.M. Crosse in 1947.

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Scope and content

Records of the Welsh estate of the Crosse family of Shaw Hill, Lancashire, comprising records of the Thelwall family of Nantclwyd, Bathafarn Park and Plas Coch, Denbighshire, and of the associated families of Parry of Nantclwyd and Ruthin, Gethin of Cernioge, and Kenrick of Woore, Shropshire, London, and Chester, all of whose estates the Crosse family appears to have acquired. The archive includes Civil War papers, 1642-1644, illustrating some of the activities of the sheriff of Denbighshire- John Thelwall of Plas Coch- and of the Commissioners of Array between November 1642, and April 1644, letters, mainly 17-18 cent., and deeds and miscellaneous documents, 1441-1796, relating mainly to Parry and Thelwall estates in Denbighshire.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

System of arrangement

Arranged into manuscript volumes, civil war papers, correspondence, and deeds and documents. All are arranged chronologically apart from the correspondence which has been arranged in alphabetical order of writer's surname.

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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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers, 1483-1864, are National Library of Wales, Bathafarn and Llanbedr Estate Records. The main Crosse family archive is in Lancashire Record Office.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Griffith,John Edwards, Pedigrees of Anglesey & Carnarvonshire Families, (Horncastle, 1914);

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