Pryce Jones and other records

Scope and Content

Solicitors' records, 1606-[20th century], including deeds and correspondence relating to property in Newtown, Llanllwchaiarn, Trefeglwys, Kerry, Llandinam, Guilsfield and Castle Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, 1606, 1700-1896, including the Rock estate and Jones family, Llanllwchaearn and Newtown, 1788-1855; papers relating to Pryce Jones, 1861-1898, 1930, comprising mainly legal papers regarding cause in Chancery of Pryce Jones v. Barrington, Morgan and Co., 1880; photocopies of papers relating to Pryce Jones, [20th century]; letters and other papers relating to the Bennett and Meddins families, 1776, 1821-1873; papers of the Davies family of Manafon, 1732-1846, comprising wills and Manafon deeds; sale particulars and notices relating mostly to Montgomeryshire properties, 1849-1905; papers regarding privileges of Montgomery Borough, 1783-1826; and photocopies of miscellaneous documents, [20th century].

Administrative / Biographical History

The Jones family of Rock House, Llanllwchaiarn, Montgomeryshire, were owners of the Rock estate, Llanllwchaiarn and Newtown. The Bennett and Meddins families lived in Newtown, Montgomeryshire. The Davies family lived in Manafon, Montgomeryshire. Pryce Jones (1834-1920) of Newtown was a mail order and parcel post pioneer. He began his own drapery business in Newtown in 1859, and from there established the world's first mail order service. His Royal Welsh Warehouse was opened in the town in 1879. He was knighted in 1887, becoming Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones. He died on 11 January 1920 and was buried in Llanllwchaiarn.


Arranged into the following: Rock estate; Pryce Jones; Bennett and Meddins families of Newtown; Davies family of Manafon; and miscellaneous papers.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, MX/43, catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001); Powys Digital History Project website (, viewed 27 April 2005.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

Originated with a Newtown solicitor and were received in eight bundles.