The collection seems to comprise the records of four individuals: William Hughes, his son William Hughes Junior, Joseph Jones and Hugh Williams. There may have been family connection between the Hughes, Jones and Williams families, which would account for the papers of all three being found together in the Castle Hotel. Alternatively all three families may have undertaken clerical duties for pa. Abergele or the St Asaph Union, thus accounting for the high proportion of Poor Rate, Tithe Rent-charge and taxation records occurring. Certainly William Hughes [the elder] is described as Parish Clerk in the 1841 census although, as will be seen, he had many other business interests too. Joseph Jones of the Castle Inn served as a local Tax Collector, in addition to his work as publican and stonemason.
Although fragmentary, the collection provides an insight into 19th century Abergele as a place of great commercial significance, as well as providing much information about social issues through the Poor Law records. It is also a useful source for genealogists through the many lists of names of Abergele inhabitants, compiled for various purposes.