Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Papers of William Jones and Son, Pwllheli

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Title: Papers of William Jones and Son, Pwllheli

Short title: William Jones and Son, Pwllheli, papers

Dates of creation: 1843-[c.1965]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be supplied

Name of creator(s): William Jones and Son, Timber merchants


Administrative and biographical history: William Jones, (d.1855) druggist, was a prominent member of the community of Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire during the early 19th century. He also expanded into shipbuilding, launching his first ship, the Ann in 1835 and established a timber yard in Pwllheli, Caernarfonshire in c.1837. It was later managed by his son, Griffith and grandson John G. Jones. Griffith Jones was the Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, Pwllheli Auxiliary Branch. J. G. Jones was also the Churchwarden of St. Peter's Church, Pwllheli. The timber yard business continued until well into the second half of the 20th century.


Scope and content: Records of William Jones and Son, timber yard, Pwllheli, 1843-[c.1965], including general business records, 1860-[c.1963]; financial records, 1851-1953; business correspondence, 1870-1920; order books, 1880-1892; schedules of stock, 1863-1952; business cards, [c.1844]-1883; records relating to timber importation, 1847-1950; timber importation financial records, 1849-1930; cheque book stubs, 1895-1909; plans and drawings, 1885-[c.1900]; journals, 1882-1911; personal papers of Griffith and John G. Jones, [c.1855]-[c.1965]; agricultural papers, [c.1860]-1893; personal correspondence of the Jones family, 1854-1920; personal financial papers, of the Jones family, 1865-1925; British and Foreign Bible Society, Pwllheli Auxiliary Branch records, 1843-1908; Pwllheli Church Expenses Fund records, 1906-1910; photographs, [c.1880]-[c.1897].


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Order books; Schedules of Timber Yard stock; General business records; Business cards; Timber importation; Plans and drawings; Business finance records; Timber importation finance records; Cheque book stubs; Business correspondence; Journals; Personal papers; Agricultural papers; Personal correspondence; Photographs; British and Foreign Bible Society Pwllheli Auxiliary Branch; Pwllheli Church Expense Fund.

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. The catalogue is available online.
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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



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papers of William Jones and Son, Pwllheli, catalogue; Lloyd Hughes, D. G., Pwllheli: An old Weslh town and its history (Llandysul, 1991).

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

Date(s) of description: August 2004



Timber merchants | Wales | Pwllheli

William Jones and Son, timber merchants | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Jones, Griffith, of Pwllheli

Jones, John G., of Pwllheli

Jones, William, fl. 1830-1855, of Pwllheli

Corporate names

British and Foreign Bible Society | Pwllheli Auxiliary Branch

William Jones and Son, timber merchants