Fonds GB 0210 LLWAIR - Llwyngwair Estate Records,

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Llwyngwair Estate Records,


  • 1503-1957 / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1.218 cubic metres (38 boxes, 1 roll, 2 loose documents, 31 volumes, 1 picture)A small number of the early documents in the collection have been affected by damp or mutilated.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Llwyngwair estate was owned by the Bowen family since at least the early seventeenth century. The family also acquired the Castell Gorfod estate in Carmarthenshire following the marriage of George Bowen (1722-1810) with Easter, daughter of William Thomas of Pentowyn and heiress of Castell Gorfod. The Bowen family continued to own the Castell Gorfod estate until James Bevan Bowen, a barrister and MP for Pembrokeshire, 1866-1868 and 1876-1880, sold it in 1871. In 1873 the estate measured 6,123 acres with an estimated annual rental of £4035.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Air-Commodore J.B. Bowen, C.B.E., Llwyngwair, Pembrokeshire, in January 1943, 1944, and in December 1961.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscripts and records of the Llwyngwair estate in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and of associated families, particularly the Bevans of Laugharne, including account books and rentals, 1689-1957; deeds, 1549-1884; manuscript maps of parts of the estate, 18-20 cent.; records of the Llwyngwair Estates Company, 1937-1953; accounts with traders in London, Cardigan, and of the Crymmych Arms, 1869-1903, accounts of servants' wages, 1914-1931; newspaper cuttings of family and local interest, 1866-1912; game and fishing registers, 1852-1940; and an album of photographs.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into deeds and documents and supplementary collections of deeds and documents. The original numbers on the documents have been retained.

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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Hard copies of the catalogues are available at NLW.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies


Related units of description

A number of maps are in NLW, Map Collections

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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GEAC system control number


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Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2001.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their families, (Newport, Pembrokeshire, 1996), Historic Carmarthenshire Homes and their families, (Newport, 1997) ; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, (London, 1872, 2 vols) vol. II; Burke's Landed Gentry, (London,1969);

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