Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Porthmadog Harbour Records

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XM/2418

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Title: Porthmadog Harbour Records

Short title: Porthmadog Harbour, records

Dates of creation: 1850-1977

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 933 items

Name of creator(s): Porthmadog Harbour


Administrative and biographical history: Porthmadog Harbour (Portmadoc Harbour), Caernarfonshire, was constructed by W. A. Madocks between 1821 and 1825. It became a centre for the export of slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire, with 116,000 tons being shipped out in 1873. Porthmadog and nearby Borth-y-Gest also became important centres for shipbuilding. The Carnarvonshire and Merionethshire Steamship Company was formed in 1864. It purchased the Steam Ship Rebecca to carry stores from Liverpool to supply the growing town of Porthmadog. She was replaced with the Rebecca II in 1896. The service was discontinued and the Company wound up in 1917. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the harbour was owned or managed successively by F.W.A. Roche, E. Breese and Ellen B. Davidson for the Harbour Trust. William Evans Morris and Richard Jones Morris ran the harbour office. W. E. Morris also acted as local agent for the brewers S. Allsopp and Sons Ltd, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.


Scope and content: Records of Porthmadog Harbour, 1850-1977, including financial records, 1866-1918, including Harbour accounts, 1881-1901; correspondence, 1871-1917, including letters of F. W. Roche to W. E. Morris, 1882-1896; tenders to build a new barge for the Harbour, 1886; harbour dues receipt books, 1902-1914; bills of loading, 1913-1917; statements of tonnage, 1892-1918; SS Rebecca harbour dues accounts, 1892-1918; Oakeley Slate Co. accounts, 1908-1910; bills and vouchers, 1869-1917; bye laws, 1850-1969; charts, 1963, 1969; records relating to Allsopp and Sons Ltd, 1867-1914, including agreements with W. E. Morris, 1867-1877, correspondence of Morris and Allsopp and Sons, 1867-1904, and correspondence of Morris and customers, 1903-1904.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: financial; correspondence; tenders; harbour dues; bills and vouchers; agency for Allsopp and Son; miscellaneous; additional deposit, Aug.; additional deposit, Sept. 1983; Additional Porthmadog Harbour Collection.

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 and the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected


Related units of description: Further papers are in Caernarfon Record Office, XM4229, and National Library of Wales, Portmadoc Records.


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: Caernarfon Record Office, Portmadoc Harbour Collection, catalogue; Porthmadog Town Guide Online (, viewed 15 September 2004.

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

Date(s) of description: September 2004



Breweries | England | Staffordshire

Harbours | Wales | Porthmadog

Porthmadog Harbour (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Ships | Wales | Porthmadog

Personal names

Morris, W. E. (William Evans), fl. 1867-1904

Corporate names

Porthmadog Harbour (Wales)

Rebecca (Ship)

Samuel Allsopp and Sons