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British Records Association Radnorshire Records

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

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Title: British Records Association Radnorshire Records

Short title: British Records Association Radnorshire, records

Dates of creation: 1549-1917

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Information to be found out

Name of creator(s): British Records Association


Administrative and biographical history: The British Records Association was formed in 1932. It acts as an archival clearing house, collecting groups of records and distributing them to the appropriate repositories. The Association is frequently used by solicitors to deposit material. The Welsh cistercian house Strata Florida near Tregaron, Cardiganshire, was founded in 1164. The papers are relating to the Abbeycwmhir and Clyro estates, Radnorshire. Pen-y-bont Hall, Llanbadarn Fawr, Radnorshire, was built by John Price (1723-1798), banker. He built up a sizeable estate, including the manor of Golon, Abbey Cwm-Hir, purchased in 1790, and other properties in Radnorshire and in Ludlow, Shropshire. He was survived by one daughter, Mary Ann (1793-1876). In 1811, she married John Cheesement Severn (1781-1875), a London-born barrister and onetime MP; he had already bought land in Llanbedr Painscastle and Michaelchurch in Radnorshire in 1808, and would later add other properties in Herefordshire and Radnorshire. They had three daughters and one son, John Percy Severn (1814-1900), who inherited the estate on his father's death in 1875. He was succeeded by his younger sister Emily (1815-1906). The estate then passed to Major-General R. C. Whitehead (1833-1910), son of John Cheesement Severn's half-sister. William Trotter lived in the City of London at the end of the 19th century. William Davies of Gabalva, Radnorshire, made his will in April 1842 to his son Charles William Davies. The Green Price family owned land in Knighton and Presteigne, Radnorshire, during the 19th century. Sir Richard Green Price (1803-1887) of Norton Manor, Norton, Radnorshire, was succeeded by his son Richard Dansey Green Price (1838-1909) in 1887, who lived at the Grove, Presteigne. The Rev. John Weddell Parsons (d.1825) and his wife Frances lived at Upper Hadnock, Monmouthshire. Following her husband's death Frances Parsons moved to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Her children, included Cecil (fl. 1839-1876), a banker of Presteigne and Guy (d.1855), owned land in Brecknockshire, Radnorshire, Carmarthenshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The Philips family of Abbey Cwm-hir, Radnorshire, held land in Llandrindod Wells during the late 19th century.


Scope and content: Deeds and papers relating to the British Record Association, Radnorshire, 1549-1917, including deeds relating to lands late of the Abbey of Strata Florida, 1578-1828, deeds and papers of the Abbeycwmhir estate 1769-1893; papers relating to the Davies and Trotter families, Gabalva estate, Clyro 1863-1908; papers relating to Pen-y-bont Hall 1812-1861; papers relating to Green Price family property in Knighton and Presteigne, 1776-1905; deeds and related papers of the Parsons family of Cheltenham and Presteigne, 1812-1883; deeds of the Philips family of Abbey Cwm-hir, 1875-1917.


Language/script: English

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: Some of the papers are damaged by damp and mould.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to depositor

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy is available at the Powys County Archives Service.
Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Deposited by Witham Weld and Co., London, by way of the British Records Association to the National Library of Wales in June, July 1976. Many of the papers were formerly held in the Hereford Record Office.

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred to Powys County Archives Service, 1976-1990


Related units of description: Further papers are National Library of Wales, GB 0210 PENYBONT.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, British Records Association; The Heritage Trail website (www.theheritagetrail.co.uk), viewed 30 March 2005; and Genuki website (www.genuki.org.uk), viewed 30 March 2005; Oliver, R. C. B., The Squires of Penybont Hall Radnorshire, 1755-1926 (1971).

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

Date(s) of description: March 2005



Deeds | Wales | Powys

Deeds | Wales | Radnorshire

Estate administration | Wales | Radnorshire

Personal names

Corporate names

Abbeycwmhir Estate (Wales)

British Records Association

Gabalva Estate (Wales)

Penybont Hall Estate (Wales)

Strata Florida Abbey (Wales)



Llanbadarn Fawr