Powys County Archives Office

Venables-Llewelyn Collection, Llysdinam Estate

Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/D/VE

Held at: Powys County Archives Service

Title: Venables-Llewelyn Collection, Llysdinam Estate

Short title: Venables-Llewelyn collection, Llysdinam Estate

Dates of creation: 1781-1979

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.325 cubic metres (12 boxes, 1 bundle)

Name of creator(s): Llysdinam estate


Administrative and biographical history: The Llysdinam estate was owned by the Venables family of Llysdinam, Newbridge-on-Wye, Brecknockshire, which descended from Joseph Venables of Llysdinam, who married Elizabeth Davies in 1723. Their second son, Lazarus, succeeded to the estate and married Elizabeth Jones of Woodhill, Shropshire, in 1771. Their heir was Richard Venables (1774-1858), archdeacon of Carmarthen and vicar of Clyro 1811-1846, who married Sophia Lister of Girsby House, Lincolnshire. Their heir was Richard Lister Venales (1809-94), vicar of Clyro and Bettws Clyro, who married firstly, Mary Augusta Dalrymple Adam, daughter of General Alexander Poltaratzky. They toured Russia in 1837-1838. His second wife was Agnes Minna Pearson. His heir from his second marriage was Katherine Minna (b. 1870) who married Charles Leyshon Dillwyn-Llewelyn, 2nd baronet in 1893. He assumed the additional surname of Venables by royal licence in 1893. The Llysdinam estate was therefore added to the Penllergaer and Ynis-y-gerwn estates in Glamorgan of the Dillwyn-Llewelyn family. According to the 1873 return of owners of land, John Dillwyn-Llewelyn of Penllaergaer owned an estimated 15,916 acres in Glamorgan, Radnorshire, Brecknockshire and Carmarthenshire, with an estimated annual rental of £10,771


Scope and content: Miscellaneous estate papers, including rent books, account books, wages books, correspondence, rates, maps and plans etc., 1894-1979, and documents relating to the clerical career of Richard Venables (1774-1858), 1796-1847.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged in chronological order

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the Powys County Archives Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Private deposit.


Related units of description: The main collection of Venables family and the Llysdinam estate papers are held at the National Library of Wales, Llysdinam Estate Records. Further papers relating to the Dillwyn-Venables-Llewelyn family are National Library of Wales, Penlle'r gaer Estate Records and Dillwyn Papers and Dillwyn-Llewelyn Papers at the University of Wales Swansea.


Publication note: Jones, Owain W., 'The memoir of Richard Lister Venables', Transactions of the Radnorshire Society 64 (1994), pp. 63-78; Slater, F. M., 'Extracts from the Llysdinam game books', Welsh Birds 1/1 (1995), pp. 21-4.

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Office, Catalogue of the Venables-Llewelyn Collection, Llysdinam Estate

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of description: February 2002; amended July 2005



Estate administration | Wales | Powys

Llysdinam Estate (Wales) | Archives

Venables, Richard, | 1775-1858 | Archives

Personal names

Venables family, of Llysdinam

Venables, Richard, 1775-1858

Corporate names

Llysdinam Estate (Wales)