Fonds GB 210 MUDMBE - Muddlescombe Estate Records,

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Muddlescombe Estate Records,


  • 1200-1696 / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.286 cubic metres (10 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Mansel family came to Muddlescwm in the parish of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, when Anthony and Francis (d. 1628), two sons of Sir Edward Mansel, married Mary and Catherine, the co-heirs of Muddlescwm. Anthony and Mary died without issue, so the estate devolved on Sir Francis Mansel, first baronet, and Catherine his wife. As part of the Muddlescwm estate, Sir Francis also inherited Llandeilo Abercywyn, which was sold off along with other properties in 1660. The family remained at Muddlescwm until the death without issue of Sir Edward Mansel, fourth baronet in 1670, when the estate was partitioned between his two sisters, Barbara and Anne. The Muddlescwm estate appears to have been acquired by the Owen family of Orielton, Pembrokeshire, during the 18th century. The depositor is descended from this Owen family.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Mrs Aline M. Spence-Colby of Donnington Hall, Herefordshire, in 1938.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Deeds, with a very few papers, 1287-1696, relating to the Muddlescwm estate in Carmarthenshire, especially in the Kidwelly and Pembrey area, and in Cheriton and Llanrhidian in Glamorgan.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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 catalogue are available at NLW and HMC.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further papers relating to the Mansel family and the Muddlescwm estate are Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Mansel Deeds and Documents.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

January 2002.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Stephen Benham.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description:.G. Milwyn Griffiths, 'Deposited collections, 30, the Spence-Colby collections', National Library of Wales Journal, vol. X, (1957-58); Jones, Francis, Historic Carmarthenshire and their families (Newport, 1997);

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