Denbighshire Record Office

Papers of John Iorwerth Roberts, Llangollen

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/DM/927

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Title: Papers of John Iorwerth Roberts, Llangollen

Short title: Roberts, John Iorwerth, of Llangollen, papers

Dates of creation: [c. 1800]-[1973]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.057 cubic metres (193 items)

Name of creator(s): John Iorwerth Roberts (1902-1970)


Administrative and biographical history: John Iorwerth Roberts (1902-1970), of Birch Hill, Llangollen, Denbighshire, taught at various schools before becoming headteacher at Pentredwr County Primary School, Llandysilio-yn-Iâl, Denbighshire, 1945-1964. Iorwerth Roberts was secretary of the finance committee of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod; he was also a deacon and secretary of Rehoboth chapel, Llangollen, and secretary of the Ruabon district of Henaduriaeth Dwyrain Dinbych. He was financial secretary of Undeb Cymru Fydd. His main interest was local history in Llangollen, including the 1858 National Eisteddfod, and he was secretary/organiser of Workers' Educational Association and Local Education Authority classes in Llangollen. He lectured on a variety of subjects to these classes and to the Welsh Literary Society. He was a member of the Council of the Denbighshire Historical Society, and published several articles in its Transactions. He died on 17 March 1970.


Scope and content: Papers of J. I. Roberts, [c. 1800]-[1973], including deeds and other papers relating to properties in Llangollen, Denbighshire, 1802-1897; letters collected by Roberts, many relating to the 1858 National Eisteddfod at Llangollen, [1840]-1888; financial and other papers relating to Undeb Cymru Fydd, 1943-1957; miscellaneous documents collected by Roberts, relating mainly to Llangollen, [c. 1800]-1966; lecture notes by Roberts relating to various subjects, [1910]-[1973]; copies of the Llangollen Advertiser and other newspapers, 1807-1959; printed matter, 1854-1966; and photographs and photocopies used in a 1960 Llangollen Historical Exhibition, 1876-1960.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: deeds and related papers; correspondence; papurau Undeb Cymru Fydd; miscellaneous documents/dogfennau amrywiol; newspapers; publications; photographs and photocopies; and lecture notes.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue, in English and Welsh, is available at Denbighshire Record Office.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Angharad Rhys Williams, Caernarfon, 1990.


Related units of description: Further records are in National Library of Wales, Papurau Undeb Cymru Fydd.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. A single item postdates J. I. Roberts' death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Denbighshire Record Office, Papers of John Iorwerth Roberts, Llangollen.

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

Date(s) of description: May 2004



Deeds | Wales | Llangollen

Eisteddfodau | Wales | Llangollen

Llangollen (Wales) | History | 19th century

Llangollen (Wales) | History | 20th century

Llangollen (Wales) | Photographs

Undeb Cymru Fydd | Archives

Personal names

Roberts, John Iorwerth, 1902-1970

Corporate names

Undeb Cymru Fydd