Sub-sub-sub-fonds GAB - Gogerddan title deeds

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Gogerddan title deeds


  • 1332-1930, 1960 (Creation)

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1 outsize box, 116 bundles, 31 envelopes, 13 loose items

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Title deeds of the Gogerddan estate, 1332-1930, mainly relating to properties in the north Cardiganshire parishes of Aberystwyth, Llanbadarn Fawr, Llanfihangel Genau’r-glyn and Llangynfelyn, and the townships of those parishes. The group contains a small number of deeds for properties in Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, 1584-1862; and miscellaneous deeds of the Gogerddan estate and elsewhere in Cardiganshire, for which the provenance is more doubtful, 1476-1881. Some sixteenth century documents concern the lands once belonging to Gruffith ap Lle'n Vayne and Rice ap Griffith, attainted for high treason.
The deeds provide an overall view of the early acquisition of lands by John Pryse and Sir Richard Pryse from the sixteenth to early seventeenth centuries, and by Margaret Pryse of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, in the late eighteenth century. By the late nineteenth century the deeds record the sale by Sir Pryse Pryse and his trustees of portions of the settled estates, which by that date were heavily mortgaged. There is much scope for researching the land ownership of north Cardiganshire by the Crown and by prominent families, notably Pryse, Clement, Phellippe (Phillips) of Aberystwyth, Vaughan, Glais, Davies of Crigie, Pugh of Cwmsymlog, and Johnes of Abermarlais. Early deeds show the layout and development of Aberystwyth town, naming some local landmarks which still exist. The effects of the Genau’r-glyn enclosure acts are shown in the deeds for Llanfihangel Genau’r-glyn and Llangynfelyn from the first half of the nineteenth century.

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Arranged in alphabetical order of parish, followed by miscellaneous title deeds. Large parishes have been divided into several sub-series, with the townships (where relevant) in alphabetical order.

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  • English
  • Latin

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Several of the deeds are damaged by damp or by rodents. The corresponding descriptions in the ‘Old Schedule’ are lacking dates or other detail, indicating that the deeds were damaged already when the schedule was compiled

Finding aids

Gogerddan Old Schedule and other schedules compiled by the estate and by the Aberystwyth attorney, William Jones (Vols 228-231); unrevised card index and uncorrected draft calendar of individual deeds are in NLW:. ref. Gogerddan GAA2/1-2.

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For the main series of leases and tenancy agreements , see under Gogerddan estate administration, ref. GBB

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Many of these deeds were listed in the Gogerddan ‘Old Schedule’ (Vol. 228). compiled c. 1790 and subsequently renumbered at NLW. In consultation with line managers (14 April 2015), the deeds listed in the Old Schedule were rearranged and amalgamated with other relevant deeds. The descriptive endorsements on some deeds would suggest that documents relating to the same property or the same township had been kept together even before the ‘Old Schedule’ was compiled. The arrangement of c. 1790 can still be seen in the Old Schedule and the numbers have been noted in the new descriptions;. The former NLW numbers have also been noted.


The BRA deposit has been incorporated in the description, keeping the files as discrete units. The BRA numbers have been noted for retrieval purposes, if required.


Many of the deeds bear seals; the more significant ones have been noted.


Common endorsements include the date, livery of seisin, enrolment, attornment of tenant, notes of content, original reference numbers allocated by the estate, and receipts for sales and mortgages. Apart from original reference numbers, routine endorsements are not noted. However, they are noted where they add significantly to the content of the deeds.


The majority of documents bear one or more previous reference numbers. The Gogerddan Old Schedule numbers are in dark ink, regular in appearance. The letters S.W.W. probably denote Samuel Wilson Warneford, a mortgagee of the estate. Old NLW and BRA numbers are in pencil.

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