- 1827-1950 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.171 cubic metres (4 boxes)
Name of creator
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.
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)
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 regulations apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
English, Welsh, French, Latin.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records predate his birth.
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Place access points
Name access points
- Maesypandy Estate (Wales) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Ynysymaengwyn Estate (Wales) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Abergynolwyn Slate & Slab Co. (Subject)
- Maesypandy Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Ruthin British School. (Subject)
- Ynysymaengwyn Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Talyllyn Railway. (Subject)
- Jones, J. D. (Joseph David), 1827-1870 -- Archives. (Subject)
- Jones, H. Haydn (Henry Haydn), Sir, 1863-1950 -- Archives. (Subject)
- Jones, J. D. (Joseph David), 1827-1870. (Subject)
- Towyn British School (Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales) (Subject)
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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
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;