Kinmel Hall

Scope and Content

Edward Hughes, as one of the principle partners in the Parys Mine Company, acquired a vast fortune and spent enormous sums of money in building an extensive landed estate between 1786 and 1813. His heir was William Lewis Hughes who, in 1831, was created first Baron Dinorben. He died in February 1852. The second son Hugh Robert Hughes settled at Bache Hall in Cheshire, while a third son, James Hughes, joined the army. William Lewis Hughes, who succeeded to the estate and title as second Baron Dinorben, died unmarried in October 1852, eight months after his father. The estate then descended to his first cousin, Hugh Robert Hughes, son of the Hugh Robert Hughes of Bache Hall. Hugh Robert Hughes died on 29 April 1911, leaving the estate to his eldest son, Hugh Seymour Bulkeley Lewis Hughes. On his death in 1918 the Kinmel estate passed to his brother, Henry Bodvel Lewis Hughes. In 1925, 1,000 acres of land was sold to the Kinmel Bay Land Company, whilst Kinmel Park was sold in 1934, but Henry Bodvel Lewis Hughes retained the greater part of the property, in which, dying unmarried in 1940, he was succeeded by his great-nephew, Captain David Henry Fetherstonhaugh. According to the 1873 return of owners of land, Hugh Robert Hughes of Kinmel Park, Denbighshire, owned 15,177 acres in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Caernarfonshire with an annual rental of £19,626.

Scope and content: Kinmel Hall records, 1871-[late 19 century], including notes of witnesses' statements in arbitration concerning a dispute over building alterations to Kinmel Hall, 1877-1880, and miscellaneous maps and plans, 1878-1949.

[Related material- The main Kinmel Hall archive, 1391-1911, is in the Department of Manuscripts University of Wales Bangor Library.]


Arranged chronologically into the following: Kinmel Hall papers; miscellaneous maps and plans; miscellaneous papers.

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