West Glamorgan Archive Service

William Parsons Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD SB 26

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Title: William Parsons Papers

Short title: Parsons, William, papers

Dates of creation: 1836-1898

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.6 linear metres

Name of creator(s): William Parsons of Pontardawe


Administrative and biographical history: William Parsons was born in 1795 in the parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, Glamorgan, the youngest son of Richard Parsons. He married twice, first to Mary Elizabeth Fergusson of Blackheath, Kent, then later to Esther Catherine Fearnall, the daughter of William and Clarissa Fearnall of London. He had two children with his first wife, Mary Elizabeth and John. William Parsons leased land for the Pontardawe and Pheasant Bush Tinplate Works in 1835. In 1842 he suffered financial difficulties and his elder brother, John Parsons, carried on the works for the next seven years. When William took over once again, the business was in healthy profit and in 1861 he sold the works to William Gilbertson. William Parsons died in 1864.


Scope and content: Papers of William Parsons, 1836-1898, including deeds, 1846-1898, relating mainly to land in Llangyfelach, Pontardawe and Lewisham, Kent; wills and related documents, 1836-1869; papers relating to disputes, 1863-1865; correspondence, 1861-1897; accounts, 1864-1885.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Deeds; Wills and related papers; Papers relating to disputes; Miscellaneous correspondence and bills; Swansea Canal; Household accounts; Account books of the executors of William Parsons' will.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mr A. Robins, Strick and Bellingham, solicitors, Swansea, 1999.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the papers of William Parsons.

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

Date(s) of description: August 2005



Deeds | Wales | Llangyfelach

Parsons, William, | 1795-1864 | Archives

Tinplate industry | Wales | Pontardawe

Personal names

Parsons, William, 1795-1864

Corporate names

Pheasant Bush Tinplate Works

Pontardawe Tinplate Works