Fonds GB 0210 WBRAJONES - W. Bradwen Jones Papers,

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W. Bradwen Jones Papers,


  • [late 17th century]-1970 (accumulated [c. 1912]-1970) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.076 cubic metres (3 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

W. Bradwen Jones, (1892-1976), composer, was the grandson of John Jones of Anglesey (Eos Bradwen, (1831-1899)), also a composer, and was born William Arthur Jones at Caernarfon. He chose the name Bradwen for family history reasons and is usually known as W. Bradwen Jones or William Bradwen Jones. He was taught the organ by John Williams, Caernarfon, and Roland Rogers, organist of the Cathedral Church Bangor. From 1910 until 1915, he was choirmaster of Capel y Rug, Corwen. He served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Egypt and Palestine. He then became organist and choirmaster for St Seiriol Church, Holyhead, Anglesey, where he worked until 1941; he then became organist in the Methodist Calvinist Church Hyfrydle, Holyhead. He mainly composed songs for organ and piano. He worked for the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, and also competed successfully, winning over 25 prizes. He died in 1970.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from W. Bradwen Jones, in 1973.

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Scope and content

Musical papers and other compositions of John Jones and William Bradwen Jones, [late 17th cent.]-1970, including printed works, 1932-1964, chants and hymn tunes, 1929-1956; anthems, 1934-1942; sacred music, 1931-1961; arrangements for eisteddfodau, 1932-1962; music for piano and for violin and piano, 1929-1960; music for organ, 1928-1950; and draft poems and family memoranda, 1859-1877.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into printed works of Bradwen Jones; set of orchestral parts for Molwch yr Arglwydd; anthems; miscellaneous sacred music; songs with piano act; arrangements by W. Bradwen Jones; music for piano and for violin and piano; music for organ; and miscellaneous.

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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.

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Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds. The papers predate the birth of W. Bradwen Jones since they contain papers relating to his grandfather.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Schedule of Bradwen Jones Papers, 1973; Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig 1951-1970 (Llundain 1997).

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  • Text: W. Bradwen Jones Papers.