Denbighshire Record Office

Plasnewydd MSS

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/GR

Held at: Denbighshire Record Office

Title: Plasnewydd MSS

Short title: Plasnewydd manuscripts

Dates of creation: 1668-1936

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.594 cubic metres (22 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Plasnewydd estate, Denbighshire


Administrative and biographical history: John Wynne Griffith of Garn, Denbighshire, and Jane his wife had thirteen children, nine of whom survived to adulthood. Of those only Edward Humphrey Griffith (1792-1872) and George Griffith lived to any great age. Edward had inherited lands in Denbighshire and Merionethshire through his elder brother, Robert. He chose to live at Greenbank, Henllan, Denbighshire, where he built a house to his own plan, renaming it Plasnewydd. In 1834 he married Maria, daughter of Philip Parry of Ty Newydd and Castle House, Denbigh, by whom he had two children. He served as treasurer of Denbighshire for over 50 years. Edward Wynne Griffith (1837-1917), Edward Humphrey's son, married Emma Frances Marianne Park (d. 1931), daughter of William Waldegrave Park and Elizabeth, daughter of Edmund Yates. Edward purchased an estate at Tiresford near Tarporley, Cheshire, where he resided during the latter part of his life. His son, Edward Waldegrave Griffith, was executor of his aunt, Clementina Park-Yates (d. 1935) of Ince Hall, Cheshire.


Scope and content: Deeds and leases for properties in Denbighshire, 1694-1888, and Merionethshire, 1668-1911; miscellaneous papers relating to Plasnewydd estate, Henllan, and Tiresford estate, Tarporley, Cheshire; marriage settlements and wills, 1785-1925; family correspondence, 1813-1935; papers relating to hunting, racing, shooting and fishing, 1834-1934; and Ince Hall estate papers including deeds 1706-1916; estate records, 1722-1958, including rentals, accounts and vouchers, correspondence, legal papers, and plans; papers relating to Ince village affairs; Park and Yates family papers, 1810-1933, including settlements and wills, and financial and legal papers.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into: Deeds; Plasnewydd and Tiresford estates; Griffith family papers; Ince estate; and Park and Yates family papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Denbighshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Denbighshire Record Office have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by E.M.W. Griffith, Greenfield, Trefnant, in July 1980 and April 1982.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Lloyd, J. Y. W., The History of Powys Fadog (London, 6 vols, 1881-87), vol. V; Glenn, T. A., The family of Griffith of Garn and Plasnewydd (London, 1934); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 18th ed., 3 vols, 1965-1972), vol. 3; Guide to collections held at the Denbighshire Record Office ( (January 2002).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: January 2002



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Personal names

Griffith family, of Plasnewydd

Park family

Park-Yates family, of Ince Hall

Yates family, of Ince Hall

Corporate names

Ince Hall Estate (England)

Plasnewydd Estate (Denbighshire, Wales)