Denbighshire Record Office

Vivod MSS

Reference code(s): GB 0209 DD/V

Held at:

Title: Vivod MSS

Short title: Vivod manuscripts

Dates of creation: 1597-1970

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 375 items

Name of creator(s): Vivod estate


Administrative and biographical history: The Vivod estate was made up of the mansion house of Plas yn Vivod and numerous farms, mainly in the townships of Bache and Vivod, in Llangollen. The estate was amassed by Richard Ellerton of Llantysilio Hall in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1871, William Wagstaff of Hyde Park, Middlesex, the solicitor employed by Thomas Brassey, the railway contractor, purchased the estate for £27,000. On William's death in 1877 the estate passed to his daughter, Mary, the wife of John Charles Best of Abbots Ann, Hampshire.


Scope and content: Deeds, 1597-1969, for lands in Denbighshire, mainly in Llangollen, 1597-1969, and Denbighshire and Merionethshire, 1763-1874; estate papers, 1853-1957, including maps and plans, 1853-1957; papers relating to Vale of Llangollen, Llangollen and Corwen, Corwen and Bala, and Bala and Ffestiniog railways, 1860-1893; will of William Wagstaff and related papers, 1877-1913; letters from Capt. William Best describing Army service in India, 1895, and Natal, South Africa, 1900, and a journal of service in South Africa, 1900; reports, 1876-1947, and salaries and wages books, 1837-1948, of the Llangollen Cottage Hospital; and minute books of the Llangollen and District Nursing Association, 1900-1948.


Language/script: English, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: deeds; estate papers; family records; military papers; railways; Llangollen cottage hospital and nursing association; Berwyn bridge; legal papers; and miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Denbighshire Archives, National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office were retained and transferred to Denbighshire Archives in April 2014

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Transferred from Flintshire Record Office to Denbighshire Archives in April 2014

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by H. G. Best to Flintshire Record Office



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: Veysey, A.G. (ed.), Guide to the Flintshire Record Office (Flintshire County Council, 1974).

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

Date(s) of description: November 2001



Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire

Deeds | Wales | Gwynedd

Deeds | Wales | Llangollen

Estate administration | Wales | Llangollen

Llangollen Cottage Hospital | Records and correspondence

Llangollen and District Nursing Association | Records and correspondence

Military service | India

Military service | South Africa

Scenic railways | Wales | Denbighshire

Scenic railways | Wales | Gwynedd

Vivod Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Wagstaff, William, d. 1877, of Hyde Park (London)

Corporate names

Bala and Ffestiniog Railway Company

Llangollen Cottage Hospital

Llangollen and Corwen Railway

Llangollen and District Nursing Association

Vale of Llangollen Railway

Vivod Estate (Wales)




South Africa