Fonds GB 0210 DAVNOG - Davies (Gregynog) Collection and Deeds,

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Davies (Gregynog) Collection and Deeds,


  • [1310]-[1958] / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.19 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Misses Davies of Gregynog were Gwendoline Elizabeth Davies (1882-1951) and Margaret Davies (1884-1963) of Gregynog who were art collectors and benefactresses. They were the granddaughters of David Davies of Llandinam, Montgomeryshire, whose fortune was derived from contracting, coal, railways and docks. The sisters had a Calvinist background, and acquired Gregynog mansion near Newtown, Montgomeryshire, after the First World War. Their original intention was to build an art centre there. They established the Gregynog Press which became one of the foremost private presses of the inter-war era, producing fine examples of book craft, containing excellent illustrations. From 1908, the Davies sisters began to collect the work of the French Impressionists, and bought paintings by Cezanne ('Still life with teapot'), van Gogh ('Rain at Auvers'), Monet, Renoir and others, as well as Rodin, JMW Turner and Augustus John (many can be seen at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff). The sisters funded the National Council of Music for Wales. At Gregynog, they hosted conferences about contemporary issues.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The Davies deeds were deposited by the Misses Davies, Gregynog, in 1947, and the Gregynog Collection was donated to the NLW in 1962.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Collection of deeds and other papers, [1310]-[1958], of Gwendoline Elizabeth Davies and Margaret Davies, including printed books, 1478-1844, papers concerning the Gregynog Press, 1922-1960, copies of books, 1923-1940, ephemera, 1927-1962, designs and drawings, n.d.; and deeds relating to properties in Montgomeryshire, 1597-1832.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged in chronolgical order.

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

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Middle English, East Anglian, English, Welsh, Spanish, Latin, French, Greek, German.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the the National Library of Wales.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Maps relating to docks, railways etc. acquired by the family are NLW, Davies (Gregynog) Collection of Maps, held in the NLW Map Collection. NLW, Special Collections holds publications of the Gregynog Press and photographs.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. The dates of the papers in the collection and the dates of the deeds pre-date the lives of Gwendoline Elisabeth Davies and Margaret Davies.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Davies (Gregynog) Collection of Deeds; Dictionary of Welsh biography, 1941-1970 (2001), John: Hanes Cymru (1990).

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