Fonds GB 0210 HAYNES - Sir Haydn Jones Papers,

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Sir Haydn Jones Papers,


  • 1827-1950 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.171 cubic metres (4 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Henry Haydn Jones (1863-1950) was brought up in Ruthin, where his father Joseph David Jones (1827-1870) ran the private grammar school, Clwyd Bank. His father also made a valuable contribution to Welsh music, composing numerous songs, anthems and hymn tunes, including 'Capel y Ddol'. Haydn Jones became a member of Merioneth County Council in 1889 and was its Chairman in 1890. He was elected Liberal MP for Merionethshire from 1910 to 1945 and received a knighthood in 1937. In 1903, he married Barbara, daughter to Lewis D. Jones, an ironmonger and quarry owner in Chicago. In 1911, the Aberdovey Slate Company was seeking to sell Abergynolwyn Quarry, the village and the Tal-y-llyn Railway. Haydn Jones bought the property himself and became the sole director of The Abergynolwyn Slate and Slab Company Limited. In 1935, he purchased the Aberllefenni Quarry and changed its name in 1956 to the Aberllefenni Slate Quarries Limited. Decline in demand spelled the end for the quarry. Sir Haydn Jones' estates were once part of the Maesypandy and Ynysymaengwyn estates. He died in 1950.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Sir Henry's widow, Lady Haydn Jones, 1955.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers of Sir Henry Haydn Jones comprising letters dealing with local government affairs, education, elections, local industries, agriculture, and other activities, 1899-1950; correspondence relating to a hymn and tune book compiled by him, 1915-1917; miscellaneous papers, 1836-1880, the earlier papers belonging to his father, J. D. Jones; notebooks containing sermon notes; papers relating to Towyn British School, 1858-1862; Ruthin British School visitors' books, 1849-1864; and papers relating to the Maesypandy and Ynysymaengwyn estates, 1858-1883, the Abergynolwyn Slate and Slab Company, 1924-1939, and the Talyllyn Railway, 1924, 1938-1949.

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 into: letters to H. Haydn Jones; papers relating to Cân a Moliant; miscellaneous papers; miscellaneous volumes, 1849-1939; papers relating to Towyn British School; papers relating to Maesypandy Estate, Merionethshire; papers relating to Ynysymaengwyn Estate, Merionethshire; papers relating to the composer Joseph David Jones (1827-1870)

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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.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh
  • French
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, French, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

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

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

The main archive of the Ynysymaengwyn estate is in NLW, Peniarth Estate Records. Further papers are NLW, Ynysymaengwyn Estate and University of Wales Bangor, Maesyneuadd MSS (Maesypandy)

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Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records predate his birth.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW Schedule of Sir Haydn Jones Papers;

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