West Glamorgan Archive Service

John Vivian Hughes Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD JVH

Held at:

Title: John Vivian Hughes Collection

Short title: Hughes, John Vivian, collection

Dates of creation: 1702-2001

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 5.4 linear metres

Name of creator(s): John Vivian Hughes


Administrative and biographical history: John Vivian Hughes of Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, is a local historian whose published work includes Margam Castle (Swansea, 1998), The history of libraries in the Port Talbot district (Port Talbot, 2000) and The wealthiest commoner: C. R. M. Talbot, M.P., F.R.S. (1803-1890) (Port Talbot, [1978]). He has also accumulated historical material relating mainly to Western Glamorgan. Adelina Patti (1843-1919) was a world-renowned singer who bought the Craig-y-nos Estate in the parish of Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire, in 1878. She married her third husband, Baron Rolf Cederström, in 1899. She died on 27 September 1919 and was buried in Paris. David John 'Afan' Thomas (1881-1928) was a composer from Cwmavon, Glamorgan. Sally Young (fl. 1768-1811) of Bristol was the Quaker wife of Edward Young and kept a journal relating to her family in Bristol and Neath.


Scope and content: Records, 1702-2001, relating to Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea and Western Glamorgan generally, including letters from Madame Adelina Patti to Edith Moore-Gwyn of Dyffryn, 1900-1915; journals of Sally Young, 1798-1811, and related article, [1971]; papers relating to music and theatre, including D. J. Afan Thomas manusripts, 1905-1996; papers relating to industry, 1907-1991, including British Steel Corporation (Port Talbot) Retired Employees Association, 1971-1991; deeds, 1702-1940, relating to properties in Aberavon, Baglan, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, Cilybebyll, Coity, Coychurch, Kenfig, Llandeilo Talybont, Llangan, Llangennith, Llangiwg, Llangyfelach, Llanrhidian, Llansamlet, Llantwit-juxta-Neath, Margam, Michaelchurch-super-Avon, Neath, Oystermouth, Penrice, Port Talbot, Pyle and Swansea, Glamorgan, various parishes in Brecknockshire, Mouncton in Pembrokeshire, Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire and Saltford in Somerset; papers relating to Swansea General and Eye Hospital, 1902-1925; printed works relating to Port Talbot, Neath and Swansea, 1826-2000; funeral orders of service, 1961-1982; newspapers, 1819-1937; ephemera, 1786-1995; maps, 1776-1965; educational certificates, 1862-1935; photographs, [1907]-1937; postcards, [1920s]; various notes and papers, 1894-1946; sale catalogues, 1897-1920; plans relating to Port Talbot, 1912-1978; miscellaneous correspondence, 1787-1854; annual reports of various Swansea scientific societies, 1836-1936; parish newsletters and magazines for Margam, Aberavon and Port Talbot St Theodore, 1979-2001.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: personal papers; papers relating to music, theatre and sport; papers relating to industry; deeds; hospitals; printed works; maps; education/personal papers; nonconformist chapel records; ephemera; printed material; deeds; sales catalogues; plans; printed notices relating to the Napoleonic Wars; programmes; printed books; maps; correspondence; personal papers; periodicals; civil parish records; ecclesiastical records.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at 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: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.



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: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the John Vivian Hughes Collection; Hughes, John Vivian, Margam Castle (Swansea, 1998).

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

Date(s) of description: October 2005



Deeds | Wales | Neath Port Talbot

Deeds | Wales | Powys

Deeds | Wales | Swansea

Patti, Adelina, | 1843-1919 | Correspondence

Personal names

Hughes, John Vivian

Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919

Thomas, Afan, d. 1928

Young, Sally, fl. 1768-1811, Bristol Quaker

Corporate names

British Steel Corporation (Port Talbot) Retired Employees Association

Swansea General and Eye Hospital





Port Talbot


West Glamorgan