- 1292-1926. (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
1.1 cubic metres (40 boxes, 1 roll, 1 large document)
Name of creator
Slebech was a preceptory or commandery (grange) of the order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England. In 1546, following the suppression of the monasteries, Slebech was granted to Roger Barlow and Thomas Barlow, along with the sites and lands of the late priory of Pyll and the late monastery of Haverfordwest. The family failed in the late eighteenth century when Anne Barlow, the heiress, married John Symmons of Llanstinan in 1773, but had no issue. The estate was sold to William Knox of Soho Square, London, who sold the estate in 1792 to Nathaniel Phillips of Gloucester Place, London. Mary Dorothea Phillips, the eventual co-heiress of the estate, married the Baron de Rutzen in 1822. The estate remained in the de Rutzen family until John, baron de Rutzen, was killed in the Second World War, in 1944.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Deposited by Baron de Slebech, February 1939. A few additional papers were deposited in February 1998 (C1998/3) by Thomas Lloyd of Freestone Hall, Cresselly, Cilgeti, Pembrokeshire.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Records of the Slebech estate, Pembrokeshire, mainly title deeds, [late 13 cent.]-1926, including deeds relating to the Knights Hospitallers of the Commandery of Slebech, mainly 14th cent., ministers accounts, 1357-1605, of the Pembrokeshire estates of the Mortimers, earls of March; manorial records, 1292-1819; letter books, letters, accounts, etc., relating to Nathaniel Phillips's Jamaican sugar plantations, 1759-c.1822; and family papers of the Barlow and de Rutzen families of Slebech and the Phillips family of Lampeter Verfry and Slebech, 1542-[c.1919].
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained..
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into four sections: manorial records; deeds and documents; and 1996 and 1999 additional deposits.
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.
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Further details relating to manorial records within the archive can be accessed online from The National Archives Manorial Documents Register.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Charles, B. G., 'The Records of Slebech', National Library of Wales Journal, vol. V (1947-1948), pp. 179-98.
Title supplied from contents of fonds
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Place access points
Name access points
- Slebech Estate (Wales) -- Archives. (Subject)
- Knights of Malta. Commandery of Slebech in Wales. (Subject)
- Slebech Estate (Wales) (Subject)
- Phillips, Nathaniel, 1733-1813 (Subject)
- Barlow family, of Slebech -- Archives. (Subject)
- De Rutzen family, Barons of Slebech -- Archives. (Subject)
- Phillips family, of Slebech -- Archives. (Subject)
- Phillips family, of Slebech (Subject)
- Mortimer family, Earls of March (Subject)
- Barlow family, of Slebech (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their families (Newport, 1996); Burke's Extinct Baronetcies (London, 2nd ed., 1844).
Compiled by Stephen Benham.