Fonds GB 0210 MANLEN - Mansel Franklen Collection of Glamorgan Historical Papers,

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Mansel Franklen Collection of Glamorgan Historical Papers,


  • [1600]-[1810] / (Creation)

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0.129 cubic metres (3 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Sir Thomas Mansel Franklen (1840-1928), antiquary, was born in Swansea. He graduated from Oxford in 1861, and was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn in 1865. In 1878, he became Clerk of the Peace in Glamorgan, and in 1889, Clerk to the Glamorgan County Council. He amassed a collection of papers relating to the history of Glamorgan, including material collected by the Rev. John Montgomery Traherne, G. T. Clark and William Davies.

Archival history

Mansel Franklen acquired the papers of G. T. Clark and the Rev. John Montgomery Traherne, both of whom had collected a large number of documents relating to the history of Glamorgan.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to the National Library of Wales by Lady Mansel Franklen, St. Hilary, Cowbridge, 1928-1929.

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Scope and content

Deeds and documents, [1600]-[1810], mainly relating to the counties of Northampton, Hertford and Surrey, together with an account book, 1786-1793, relating to the Franklen estate in South Wales.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW into two series.

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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.

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Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Finding aids

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

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Title supplied from name of collector.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 2 (1951); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001); Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

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  • Text: Mansel Franklen Collection of Glamorgan Historical Papers.