Neath Antiquarian Society

Eaglesbush Estate Papers

Reference code(s): GB 9999 NAS RE

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Title: Eaglesbush Estate Papers

Short title: Eaglesbush Estate, papers

Dates of creation: 1621-1972

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.7 cubic metres (9 linear metres)

Name of creator(s): Eaglesbush Estate


Administrative and biographical history: The Evans Family of Eaglesbush were related by marriage to the Mackworth family of Gnoll, both being descended from Edward Evans who lived in the 17th century. In 1859 another Edward Evans married Mary Ann daughter of Benjamin and Ann Rice, and their descendant Walter took the surname Rice Evans. The core of the estate was in the parish of Llantwit-juxta-Neath, Glamorgan, to the east of the road from Neath to Briton Ferry. There were also a significant number of outlying farms in the parishes of Llansamlet, Llandeilo Talybont, Llangyfelach, Llantwit Major and Coity, Glamorgan. There was also an estate consisting of several farms, copyhold lands and scattered closes in the parishes of Llanfihangel Crucorney, Llanvitherine and Llandeilo Bertholau in Monmouthshire, which was the inheritance of Sarah Morgan of Penscynor who married Walter Rice Evans in 1891.


Scope and content: Lease and licence registers, 1840-1972; rentals, rent collection and royalty collection books, 1838-1965; financial journals and account books, 1784-1958; receipts, 1776-1885; correspondence files and letter books, 1803-1951; papers relating to disagreements and legal disputes 1704-1866; settlements, trust deeds and mortgages, 1772-1830; papers relating to wills, 1726-1879; documents relating to Crynallt, Cefn-crynallt and Selwi-fechan farms, 1621-1979; leases, assignments, licences and agreements, 1799-1895; Abstracts of title, 1816-1818; local Acts of Parliament, 1791-1805; records relating to industrial enterprises on the Eaglesbush Estate, 1807-1903; manorial documents (Manor of Neath Citra and Briton), 1791-1873; schedules and valuations of property, [c. 1800-c. 1909]; estate maps and plans 1766-[20th century].


Language/script: English; some early deeds in Latin.

System of arrangement: Arranged into lease and licence registers, rentals and financial records, correspondence, legal papers, deeds and leases, Acts of Parliament, industrial papers, manorial documents, schedules of property and maps and plans.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service in County Hall, Swansea and the Neath Mechanics' Institute. A version of this catalogue is also available online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded.


Related units of description: The Eaglesbush Estate Papers at the West Glamorgan Archive Service, County Hall, Swansea, comprise deeds, personal papers and maps 17th-20th centuries (reference D/D RE).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Andrew Dulley for the ANW project.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: August 2005



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