Neath Antiquarian Society

Records of Jonah Arnold and Smith

Reference code(s): GB 9999 NAS JAS

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Title: Records of Jonah Arnold and Smith

Short title: Jonah Arnold and Smith (architects), records

Dates of creation: 1856-1992

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.624 cubic metres (24 archive boxes)

Name of creator(s): Jonah Arnold and Smith, architects.


Administrative and biographical history: This architects' firm appears to have been set up by Samuel Cymmer Jones (c. 1852-1922) in c. 1898. Samuel Cymmer Jones was born in Neath and is listed in the 1881 census as a civil and mining engineer. The firm was purchased by Jonah Arnold (c. 1892-1962, OBE and JP). The firm changed its name to Jonah Arnold and Smith between Sep and Nov 1945, when Edwin Smith was brought into the practice. The firm operated from the Great Western Chambers, Angel Street, Neath, Glamorgan, and finally ceased operating in c. 1994. The firm acted as architects to Messrs. E. E. Bevans Ltd. of the Vale of Neath Brewery, Cadoxton, Glamorgan; they also acted as estate agents for the Gnoll and Rheola Estates and saw to their winding-up and sale.


Scope and content: Ledgers, [c. 1896-1902]; administrative papers, 1901-1951; client files and plans (including public houses), 1856-1982; files relating to the Gnoll Estate 1895-1977; files relating to the Rheola Estate, 1931-1979.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into ledgers, administrative papers, and client files. Original order and numbering of client files has been retained.

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; believed to be Jonah Arnold and Smith, 1994.


Related units of description: This collection represents approximately half the records of the company. The remaining half are at the West Glamorgan Archive Service, reference D/D JAS.


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: September 2005



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