Bangor University

Charles Ashton Letters and Newspaper Cuttings

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS CA

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Title: Charles Ashton Letters and Newspaper Cuttings

Short title: Charles Ashton Letters and Newspaper Cuttings

Dates of creation: 1892 - 1899

Level of description: fonds

Extent and medium: 6 items

Name of creator(s): Charles Ashton and others.


Administrative and biographical history: Charles Ashton was known as the literary Welsh policeman. Born in Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire in 1848 he became a policeman in 1869 and was stationed in Dolgellau and Barmouth amongst other places. He retired in 1894 following 25 years of service.
He was a valued contributor to the magazine, Bye-Gones and the journal, The Montgomery Collections and won several Eisteddfod prizes for his essays. Amongst his publications are, A guide to Dinas Mawddwy (1893) and Hanes llenyddiaeth Gymreig : o 1651 O.C. hyd 1850 (1893).
In the months preceding his premature death, Charles Ashton spent most of his time conducting research at the British Museum and the Cardiff Free Library, compiling a Bibliography of Wales in the 19th century. On 13 October 1899 he attacked his wife and then committed suicide. The newspaper articles which reported the incident described him as the most successful essayist Wales had produced since the days of Thomas Stephens.


Scope and content: 5 letters, 1892 - 1897, from Charles Ashton to D.G. Goodwin and John Griffith, Llanberis. The content mainly relates to books and newspapers together with a scathing attack on the Cymmrodorion Society.
Newspaper cuttings of articles on Charles Ashton including obituaries with accounts of his distressing death and details of the inquest that followed.


System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions governing access: Open to all users.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 387 and 25401

Detailed catalogue


Immediate source of acquisition: Item 387 presented to the Archives Department in 1928. Item 25401 received at a later date.


Related units of description: Further letters written by Charles Ashton are to be found amongst the Sir J.E. Lloyd Papers and the Nicander Manuscripts , also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Consult the Archives Hub for a collection level description.


Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, July 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of description: Prior to 16-11-2004



Ashton, Charles, | 1848-1899 | Correspondence

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Ashton, Charles, 1848-1899

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