William John Rees Estate Papers

Scope and Content

Records relating to the William John Rees Estate, 1824-2001, including deeds and documents relating to properties in Swansea and Llandeilo Talybont, Glamorgan, Llanddew, Brecknockshire, Trelech-a'r-Bettws, Carmarthenshire, Lewisham, Kent, Brighton, Sussex, and Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire, 1824-1988, including copy conveyances of the 1950 partition; miscellaneous papers relating to Lewisham, Brighton and Swansea properties and Lliw Mill, Llandeilo Talybont, 1892-1956; death duty papers, 1919-1944; share certificates of Pamela Rees, 1941-1970; papers relating to Thomas Greenslade Hews, 1906-[1930s], 1999; duplicate transfers of parts of the Lewisham Estate, 1974-1987, 2001; papers relating to the Pamela Rees Estate, 1889-1997, including Swansea deeds, 1889-1949, and notices of leaseholder's claims at Lewisham, 1968-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

William John Rees (d. 1918) was a prominent Swansea land agent who owned various properties in Swansea and South Wales and a large number of freehold and leasehold ground rents in Lewisham, Kent. In building up his personal estate Rees acquired properties in Swansea and South Wales but also embarked on a sizeable development project in Brockley, Lewisham. Rees' assistant Thomas Greenslade Hews (1878-1957) took charge of the Lewisham operation. The development proceeded under his superintendence by the granting of underleases to the builders. In 1910 Hews was taken into partnership by Rees and took increasing control of the practice of William John Rees & Partners. His widow Elizabeth Rees (d. 1937), T. G. Hews and Herbert Alfred Pritchard became trustees of the William John Rees Estate. In 1950 the Estate devolved upon Rees' grandchildren Pamela Rees, Elizabeth Joan Rees and William Tudor Rees and his step-daughter Marjorie Elizabeth Worsley Sutton. In 1965 Pamela Rees put her one third share of the estate into Trust. The Trustees included Edward Rhys Richards (d. 1973) who had succeeded Hews as senior partner of William John Rees & Partners (then re-named Rees Richards & Partners).


Arranged into the following: Brockley deeds; Lewisham, Brighton and Swansea properties; sales of freehold reversions at Lewisham; Brockley Grove, Lewisham; death duty papers; Chudleigh Road, Lewisham; deed relating to trustees; share certificates; deeds; Lewisham Estate deeds and documents; estate of Pamela Rees; partition of the estate; miscellaneous deeds and documents; Thomas Greenslade Hews papers; Lewisham Estate deeds and documents; duplicate transfers of houses; estate of Pamela Rees.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the William John Rees Estate Papers Held by the West Glamorgan Archive Service.

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