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Donation from Mrs B. Bowen

Reference code(s): GB 0223 R/X/193

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Title: Donation from Mrs B. Bowen

Short title: Wilding, Joseph, diaries

Dates of creation: 1872-1923

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: Half a box - 9 items

Name of creator(s): Wilding, Joseph; Wilding, Susannah


Administrative and biographical history: These records relate to Joseph Wilding (1840-1927), Methodist Lay Preacher at Cwm-y-geist, Radnorshire, 1872-1923. Joseph Wilding was born on March 4th 1840 at Greabodig Farm, Llanbister, second son of John and Susannah Wilding. He attended the day school at Llanbister Church, taught by J. V. Mantle and also the Sunday school held in the Church vestry. When he was twelve he moved with his parents to a farm called Penyclawdd, Llangynllo, and worked there for a while, but it was made clear to him that the farm would be left to his elder brother Beverley, and he was encouraged to find another career. He may have considered going to sea, and certainly made one voyage from Plymouth to Liverpool, but ill health seems to have prevented him from continuing this path. At the age of 27 he succumbed to a severe attack of pneumonia and his recovery from this precipitated his religious conversion. He worshipped at different chapels, but when he was 28 years of age his commitment was to the Primitive Methodist cause at Cwm-y-geist, serving as a lay preacher and Sunday School Secretary for the rest of his life. He did not marry, although considered doing so on more than one occasion. Joseph Wilding lived at Maylord between Llanbister and Llangynllo, but spent most of his life lodging at the White House near Cwm-y-geist. He died on October 12th 1927 at the age of 87 at St Michael's Hall, the home of his sister Susan. He was buried as he had asked in the Chapel Cemetery, Cwm-y-geist


Scope and content: Diaries of Joseph Wilding, 1872-1923; 'The Journal of the late Susannah Wilding, of Michael's Hall, Radnorshire, covering the years 1860-1874, with a brief memoir of the late John Wilding'; 'Reminiscences, the autobiography of Joseph Wilding': 1913; Photograph of Cwm-y-Geist Sunday School, [c. 1910].


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Chronological, in series

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copy of the catalogue available at PCAO
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records retained

Accruals: Are not expected

Archival history: Unknown, before the diaries came into the possession of Mrs Bowen.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donation by Mrs Bowen.



Publication note: 'The Journal Of Joseph Wilding, 1872-1923'. ed Rev Geraint Hughes

Archivist's note: Compiled by Anna Page, Assistant Archivist at Powys County Archive Office. Source used in compiling this entry: 'The Journal Of Joseph Wilding, 1872-1923'. ed Rev Geraint Hughes.

Rules or conventions: This description follows guidelines provided by UWA Department of Information Studies, based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000.

Date(s) of description: August 2007



Wilding, Joseph, | 1840-1927 | Diaries

Wilding, Susannah | Diaries

Personal names

Wilding, Joseph, 1840-1927

Wilding, Susannah

Corporate names

Cwmygaist Primitive Methodist Church (Llanbister, Wales)