Denbighshire Record Office

Cefn Park MSS

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/CP

Held at: Denbighshire Record Office

Title: Cefn Park MSS

Short title: Cefn Park manuscripts

Dates of creation: 1568-1967

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.161 cubic metres (43 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cefn Park estate


Administrative and biographical history: The lands associated with the Cefn Park estate in the mid-nineteenth century were extensive. The estate extended to Ireland and the Home Counties, as well as to Denbighshire, Flintshire and Montgomeryshire. The Cefn Park estate was purchased from the Kenyon family by the Rev. Nathaniel Roberts. In 1820 he married Frances Matthews, heiress of the Plas Bostock estate in Holt and of the Wrexham Fechan estate, Denbighshire. The Plas Bostock estate had been purchased in 1751 by George Matthews of Worthenbury from Jonathon Ffabian, a Coventry weaver. Jonathon's father had married Mary Poynton, heiress of Plas Bostock. The Wrexham Fechan estate came into the Matthews family on the marriage of Frances's father, John, to Mary Jones, daughter of William Jones. William Jones (b. 1724) was the son of the Rev. William Jones, curate of Erbistock, and Ann Lloyd, sister of Edward Lloyd of Llwyn y maen, Oswestry. William Jones of Wrexham Fechan's sister, Sarah, married David Price of Eyarth in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, and as their daughter died without issue the Eyarth estate also passed to the descendants of Mary Jones and John Matthews. In 1877 Eyarth, then vested in Sir Roger Palmer, was sold by auction. Nathaniel Roberts also inherited extensive estates in Denbighshire and Montgomeryshire as a result of the two marriages of his father, the Rev. William Roberts who firstly married Margaret Owen of Plas Nantymeichiad, Meifod, Montgomeryshire, and secondly, Susannah Maurice of Henfachau, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Denbighshire. Nathaniel and Frances died without issue and the estates passed to the survivor of the remaining three Matthews sisters, Eleanora, who in 1828 had married Sir William Henry Roger Palmer of Castle Lacklin, County Mayo, and Kenure Park, County Dublin. Their only son, Sir Roger William Henry Palmer, had no direct descendant and his estates passed to the family of his sister Mary Ellen, who had married Archibald Peel in 1857. One of her daughters, Ellen, married firstly, Henry Graham, and secondly, Lord Askwith. Her other daughter, Mary, married George Capel Ralph Curzon Fenwick and lived at Plas Fron near Bangor on Dee. After Sir Roger Palmer's death in 1913 Roderick George Fenwick took the additional surname of Palmer and lived at Cefn Park until his death in 1968. The estate subsequently reverted to a member of the Graham family, Roger Henry William, who took on the additional surname of Palmer.


Scope and content: Papers of the Cefn Park and related estates, including deeds, 1568, 1580, 1677-1969, mainly for lands in Denbighshire and Shropshire; Cefn Park estate papers, 1711-1951, including accounts and rentals, financial records, 1901-1947, legal papers, 1755-1947, and family papers, 1674-1967; papers of the Henfachau, Trefedryd and Nantymeichiad estates, including deeds, 1596-1827, for lands in Denbighshire and Montgomeryshire; estate papers, 1606-1828; legal papers, 1687-1792; and family papers, 1603-1799; Plas Bostock estate papers, including deeds for lands in the Wrexham area, 1659-1827; legal papers, 1658-1828; and family papers, 1648-1828; Eyarth estate records, including deeds, 1612-1831, for lands in Denbighshire and Flintshire; legal papers, 1708-[c. 1768]; and family papers, 1652-1802; and Wrexham Fechan estate papers, including deeds for Wrexham, 1703-1790, and legal papers, 1728-1794. There are also papers of the Roberts family including deeds, 1757-1791, correspondence, 1791-1836, and legal papers, 1828-1834.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically into: Cefn Park MSS comprising records of the following: Cefn park and miscellaneous estates, Henfachau, Trefedryd and Nantymeichiad estates, Plas Bostock estate, Eyarth estate, Wrexham Fechan estate; and Cefn Park (Additional) MSS consisting of deeds, estate papers, family papers, and legal 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, National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


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 R.W.H. Graham-Palmer, Cefn Park, Wrexham



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Clwyd Record Office, Report on records of the Cefn Park estate (Roberts, Matthews and Palmer families).

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

Date(s) of description: December 2001



Deeds | England | Shropshire

Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire

Deeds | Wales | Flintshire

Deeds | Wales | Merioneth

Estate administration | Wales | Denbighshire

Estate administration | Wales | Montgomeryshire

Roberts family, | of Cefn Park | Archives

Personal names

Jones family, of Wrexham Fechan

Matthews family, of Plas Bostock

Palmer family, of Cefn Park (Wrexham)

Roberts family, of Cefn Park

Corporate names

Cefn Park estate (Wales)

Eyarth Estate (Wales)

Henfachau Estate (Wales)

Nantymeichiad Estate (Wales)

Plas Bostock Estate (Wales)

Trefedryd Estate (Wales)

Wrexham Fechan Estate (Wales)