Denbighshire Record Office

Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/DM/174

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Title: Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society

Short title: Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society, Summerhill, records

Dates of creation: 1872-1978

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 21 items

Name of creator(s): Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society


Administrative and biographical history: The Royal Foresters was a friendly society originating in Yorkshire, c. 1813. The Ancient Order of Foresters was a breakaway group, formed in 1834. The Foresters are made up of affiliated branches and courts, one of which was Court Royal Standard No. 4495, Summerhill, Wrexham, Denbighshire, active from 1872 to 1978. Most branches were affiliated to Districts. The Ancient Order of Foresters is a friendly society, providing mutual financial support, insurance and savings support for its members; it is now known as Foresters Friendly Society.


Scope and content: Directories, reports and leaflets of the Ancient Order of Foresters, 1967-1970; Court Royal Standard No. 4495 records, 1872-1978, including minutes, 1939-1961, photographs, [c. 1880]-[c. 1900], ledger, 1872-1978, and registers, 1873-1970; and items relating to the Stockport District, 1958-1972.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Ancient Order of Foresters friendly society; Stockport District; Court Royal Standard No. 4495; additional deposit; and photographs.

Conditions governing access: Access to some documents within this collection may be restricted under Data Protection legislation. Please contact Denbighshire Record Office for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Denbighshire Record Office.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Item DD/DM/174/3 has been permanently withdrawn.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by L. S. P. Jones, Esq., Gwesyllt, 1976; J. J. Roberts, Ruthin, 1983; and H. S. Blackwell, Wrexham, 1994.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Ancient rder of Foresters Friendly Society; (, viewed 30 April 2004; Foresters Friendly Society website (, viewed 30 April 2004.

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

Date(s) of description: May 2004



Friendly societies | Wales | Denbighshire

Personal names

Corporate names

Ancient Order of Foresters (Friendly society) | Court Royal Standard No. 4495, Summerhill (Wrexham, Wales)

Ancient Order of Foresters (Friendly society) | Stockport District

Foresters Friendly Society