Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants, Porthmadog Records

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/60; XD86

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Title: Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants, Porthmadog Records

Short title: Davies Brothers, slate merchants, Porthmadog, records

Dates of creation: 1862-1976

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants, Porthmadog


Administrative and biographical history: The firm of Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants, of Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, was established in 1879, following the transfer of the company from Jonathon Davies, slate merchant, to the Davies brothers. Davies Brothers ordered slate from many quarries including Diphwys Quarry and Wrysgan Quarry, Merionethshire, and Bugail Quarry, Caernarfonshire.


Scope and content: Records of Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants of Porthmadog, 1862-1976, including deeds and related documents, 1862-1919; trade marks, 1908-1950; list of shareholders, 1942; sale particulars, 1912-1960; directors' reports, 1905-1955; price lists and leaflets, 1906-1972; articles and booklets, 1901-1956; maps, 1952-1964; valuation of stock records, 1939-1973; contracts, [c. 1903]-1946; order books, 1878-1976; shipment records, 1925-1976; financial records, 1878-1976; details of business contacts, 1921-1975; correspondence, 1927-1976; character books, 1937-1960; quotation books, 1942-1957; miscellaneous papers, 1886-1963; Diphwys Slate Quarry Company Ltd records, 1920-1926; and Wrysgan Slate Quarry Company Ltd records, 1884-1920.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into two groups: Group One, general company records, daily company records, and miscellaneous; and Group Two, Davies Brothers records, Diphwys Slate Quarry records, and Wrysgan Slate Quarry records.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded


Related units of description: Further records are National Library of Wales, Jonathan Davies (Porthmadog) Papers.


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: Caernarfon Record Office, Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants, Porthmadog, catalogue.

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

Date(s) of description: July 2004



Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants, Porthmadog | Records and correspondence

Slate industry | Wales | Gwynedd | Archives

Personal names

Corporate names

Davies Brothers, Slate Merchants, Porthmadog

Diphwys Slate Quarry Company (Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales)

Wrysgan Slate Company


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