Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Emyr Bennett-Williams Archive

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/100

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Title: Emyr Bennett-Williams Archive

Short title: Bennett-Williams, Emyr, archive

Dates of creation: 1904-1974

Level of description: Fonds

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Name of creator(s): Bennett-Williams, Emyr


Administrative and biographical history: Emyr Bennett-Williams was born in Tremadoc, Caernarfonshire, in 1913, and served his apprenticeship in mechanical, hydraulic and electrical engineering with West Wales Electric. He was a pioneer of television installation and rental in West Wales and the creator of cable television schemes in Maentwrog, Llanfairfechan, Bethesda and Caernarfon. As well as being a successful businessman, he was a councillor for Caernarfon West Ward, where he pursued his interests in highways and housing. His most innovative proposal was the alternative by-pass scheme, based on a Swiss model, of building roads above existing railway lines. This idea was rejected on practical grounds. He proposed the concept of the North Wales Exhibition, intended to promote the business of North Wales, held in Caernarfon in 1960. Bennett-Williams was also interested in motoring, travel and photography. His wife, Mrs G. Bennett-Williams, was the secretary of the Caernarfon branch of the Electrical Association for Women, an organisation sponsored by the electricity industry, holding afternoon and evening meetings for women.


Scope and content: Business papers of Emry Bennett-Williams, 1930-1961; North Wales Exhibition papers, 1960-1961; plans, 1948-1960; personal papers, including correspondence and records of photographic, motoring and church interests, 1939-1974; Electrical Association of Women papers, 1950-1969; Caernarfonshire County Council and Caernarfon Borough Council papers, 1904-1960; and photographs, [1921]-1964. The papers provide valuable information on the introduction of television to Caernarfon.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Business papers of E. Bennett-Williams; North Wales Exhibition papers; personal papers of E. Bennett-Williams; papers of the Electrical Association of Women (Caernarfon branch); papers of the Caernarfonshire County Council and Caernarfon Borough Council; photographs

Conditions governing access: Usual copyright laws apply.

Conditions governing reproduction: No restrictions.

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.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the Emyr Bennett-Williams Archive; The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Archives (, viewed 6 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.



Bennett-Williams, Emyr, | 1913-1961 | Archives

Cable television | Wales | Caernarfon

Electrical Association for Women. | Caernarfon Branch | Archives

Electrical engineers | Wales | Caernarfon

Exhibitions | Wales | Caernarfon

Television, Rental | Wales | Gwynedd

Personal names

Bennett-Williams, Emyr, 1913-1961

Corporate names

Caernarfon (Wales) | Borough Council

Electrical Association for Women | Caernarfon branch