Fonds GB 0210 TREWERN - Trewern (Welshpool) Deeds and Papers

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Trewern (Welshpool) Deeds and Papers


  • 1728-2017 (with gaps) (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.098 cubic metres (11 boxes, 2 volumes, 1 folder); six small boxes (March 2007); 22 large boxes (August 2014); 2 large boxes (2017); 1 large box & 2 rolls (Sept 2018); and 1 folder (Sept 2019).

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Name of creator

(fl. 15 cent.-2017.)

Administrative history

Trewern Hall, at Buttington near Welshpool in the 15th-16th centuries was owned by the Lloyd family. Richard Lloyd, was killed in riots at Norwich in 1549 and his father, Humphrey, died in 1561. By 1584 Edward Lloyd had leased Trewern to Reginald Francis (d. 1608), who then acquired the freehold, together with further lands in Uppington, Betws and Tregynon. Reginald's son, Robert, undertook major renovations at the Hall in 1610, but it was his grandson, Roger, who succeeded to the estate. By that time it was heavily encumbered by debts, and in 1641 it passed into the hands of the mortgagees, the Whittaker family. John Whittaker sold Trewern Hall and the demesne lands to Thomas Williams in 1673 and his daughter, Elizabeth, sold the remaining properties in 1699. Legal disputes over the ownership of Trewern Hall during the 18th century ended in the property coming into possession of the Crown in 1755. In 1766 it was granted by the Crown to Thomas Lloyd of Trefnant Hall, Castell Caereinion. The Lloyd family heavily mortgaged Trewern and accumulated vast debts. Their trustees made several abortive attempts to sell the property between 1771 and 1814. Eventually the four daughters and co-heiresses of Edward Lloyd agreed to sell all the Trefnant estate. Trewern Hall was sold separately in 1829 to a Welshpool solicitor called Francis Allen. He died in 1852, leaving his properties to his daughter, Mary Grace, who married a Liverpool businessman called William Fisher in 1854. The couple were childess and after Mary's death in 1893 the estate was inherited by her nearest relatives, the Gregory family, who were living in Canada. In 1916 the Gregorys' legal representatives leased Trewern Hall to Evan Chapman of Hyssington Farm, who was married to Martha Turner of Trewern House. The Chapmans purchased Trewern Hall and the Plough and Harrow Inn in 1918. The Hall has been in the ownership of the same family ever since, and it underwent a historically sympathetic restoration in 1985.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited and donated by Mr Murray Ll. Chapman, Trewern Hall, Trewern, Welshpool, between August 1983 and September 1988. Five further groups were received from Mr Chapman in March 2007, August 2014, 2017, September 2018, and September 2019.

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Scope and content

Deeds and documents, 1728-1988, relating to the Trewern Hall estate, including the Plough and Harrow Inn. They include documents relating to proposed improvements to cottages, 1937-1938, and the restoration of Trewern Hall, 1983-1988; farm and household accounts, with miscellaneous financial papers and vouchers, 1952-1986; correspondence and papers concerning agricultural improvements and grant applications, 1977-1985; correspondence concerning the tenancy of Plas Newydd, Trewern, 1982-1984; personal and family papers, 1949-1984, relating to William Herbert Chapman (1955-1982) and to Murray Lloyd Chapman, including the latter's research notes and papers, on the history of Trewern and Montgomeryshire families and his work in civil engineering, 1973-1986. Plans of the estate and proposed improvements to the farm buildings accompanied some of the papers. Papers relating to Phase 2 Restoration of Trewern Hall, 1990-1993; were received in 2007, including a diary of events in two volumes; papers relating to Ivor William Lloyd Chapman and Margaret Eleanor Chapman; and Gregory-Allen papers. This group remains uncatalogued. Four further collections received August 2014, 2017, September 2018 and September 2019 remain uncatalogued.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


Accruals are possible.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically by deposit; order within each deposit is by record type or subject.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Warchod Data 2018 a Rheoliadau Diogelu Data Cyffredinol 2018 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in 'Minor Lists and Summaries 1984' at the National Library of Wales.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Plans which accompanied the Trewern Deeds and Papers are at NLW, maps collections. Further deeds and documents relating to Trewern Hall are in NLW, Powis Castle Deeds and Powis Castle Correspondence. Photographs in frames and photograph albums are also in NLW.

Related descriptions

Publication note

Chapman, M. Ll., 1988, 'Trewern Hall, its owners and occupiers', Montgomeryshire Collections 76.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 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 Minor Lists and Summaries (1984); Chapman, M. Ll., 'Trewern Hall, its owners and occupiers', Montgomeryshire Collections, 76 (1988), pp. 31-106.

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