Fonds GB 0210 GOLWAY - Golden Valley Railway (Hay Extension) Papers,

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Golden Valley Railway (Hay Extension) Papers,


  • 1875-1883 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.027 cubic metres (3 boxes)

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Name of creator

Administrative history

The Golden Valley Railway Company, initially operating a line from Pontrilas, Herefordshire, along the Golden Valley of the River Dore to Dorstone, Herefordshire, opening in 1881, extended its railroad from Dorstone, to Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire, in 1885, and it was not until 1889 that work was completed. Following limited success, the line was closed down in 1898, and sold to the Great Western Railway. The GWR undertook extensive upgrading of the line, and reopened it in 1901. The branch line ran passenger services until 1947 and ceased to carry freight in 1957.

Archival history

It is not known who held the papers after the winding-up of the Railway Company.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from Castle Hill Books (Peter Newman), Kington, Herefordshire, 1992.

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Scope and content

Papers relating mainly to the passing of a Bill to authorise the Golden Valley Railway Company to extend its railway to Hay, 1875-1883, including legal papers, 1875-1877; financial papers, 1876-1883; and miscellaneous papers, 1876-1883.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: legal papers; papers relating to the Hay extension; and miscellanea.

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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 regulations apply.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1992, pp. 36-38, at the National Library of Wales.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

September 2004


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1992; The Golden Valley Railway, (, viewed 9 May 2003; Trackbed website (, and Herefordshire SMR website ( viewed 1 September 2004. Note that the Herefordshire Golden Valley Railway is not connected to the Derbyshire narrow-gauge light railway of the same name.

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