Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office
Reference code(s): GB 0219 X/POOLE
Title: Poole Papers
Short title: Poole, solicitors, of Caernarfon, papers
Dates of creation: 1521-1936
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 6708 items
Name of creator(s): Messrs Poole, solicitors, of Caernarfon
Administrative and biographical history: The firm of Messrs Poole, solicitors, was based in Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire. It was established by Richard Poole (fl. 1771-1812) of Beaumaris, Anglesey. The business was continued by his eldest son, Owen Anthony Poole (d. 1823), of Beaumaris and later Bangor, Caernarfonshire. The firm participated in Caernarfonshire public life, acting at times as Clerks of the Peace and as clerks to general meetings of the Lord Lieutenant of Caernarfonshire. The Lord Lieutenant from 1781 to 1822 was Lord Bulkeley (1752-1822) of Baron Hill, Anglesey. Poole acted as agents in North Wales for the Owen family of Orielton, Pembrokeshire, and Bodeon, Llangadwaladr, Anglesey. Among the firm's most important clients were the Paget family of Plâs-Newydd, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, notably Henry Bayly Paget (1744-1812), created Earl of Uxbridge in 1784, and his son, Sir Henry William Paget (1768-1854), 2nd Earl, created 1st Marquis of Anglesey in 1815.
Scope and content: Records of Messrs Poole, 1521-1936, including records relating to the Lord Lieutenancy of Caernarfonshire, 1782-1820, the Shrievalty, 1607-1866, the Quarter Sessions and Great Sessions, 1726-1936, Caernarfonshire County Council, 1888-1915, Caernarfon Corporation, 1793-1822, and other offices, [1790s]-1902; correspondence, 1725-1823, rentals, 1722-1818, and other records, 1754-1822, relating to the North Wales estates of the Owen family of Bodeon and Orielton; records of business transacted for Lord Uxbridge, 1743-1857, including records of sales and purchases; records relating to other clients, 1716-1898; wills, 1616-1822; deeds, 1521-1878, relating to properties in Caernarfonshire, Anglesey, Merionethshire and elsewhere in Wales and England; bonds, 1639-1819; annuities, 1767-1816; sale notices, 1779-1859; papers relating to tenancy matters, 1780-1822; papers relating to court cases, [post 1737]-[post 1880]; records relating to various Caernarfonshire industries and businesses, -1853; Poole's records as election agents, [post 1789]-1841; solicitors' correspondence, 1660, 1766-1866, internal business records, 1771-1827, and accounts, 1770-1899; and personal papers of the Poole family, 1768-1847.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: the administration of justice and local government; land and estates; court cases; business and industrial papers; agency business; bonds; annuities; miscellaneous; solicitors' records; and personal papers of the Poole family.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Immediate source of acquisition: No information found
Note: Title supplied from collector of fonds. The fodns includes some earlier papers relating to the Poole family and to the firm's clients, predating its establishment.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Poole Papers, catalogue (10 volumes); Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the Lord Lieutenancy Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Concise Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 1992).
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: September 2004