Castell Gorfod Additional Records

Scope and Content

Papers of the Buckley family of Castell Gorfod, Carmarthenshire, 1689-1962, including records relating to the rabbit problem in Carmarthenshire, 1934-1957; birth certificate of William Howell Buckley, 1896, hunting diaries, 1924-1926; material relating to the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Otter Hunt and the Carmarthenshire Fox Hounds, 1950-1955; scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings, [c.1800]-1890; letters of condolence relating to the death of Muriel Buckley, 1928; plan of Penyfai, 1828; love letters written by James Buckley to Elizabeth, 1831-1833; recipe books, [19th century]-[20th century]; and hunting journal of the Carmarthenshire Hunt, 1955-1962.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Buckley family acquired the Castell Gorfod estate when James Bevan sold it to a James Buckley; the family came from Lancashire originally. The Wesleyan minister, Rev. Thomas Buckley, son of Mark and Alice Buckley, settled in Llanelli, and had a son, James Buckley (1802-1883) who came to live at Penyfai. He married Elizabeth Price in 1834. The Penyfai estate was sold by the Buckley family between 1920 and 1922. Some of the papers relate to hunting: Captain William Howell Buckley (b. 1896) was the Master of the Carmarthenshire Hunt. Muriel Buckley, nee Howell, died in 1928.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Col. W. K. Buckley, Ferryside, between 1983 and 1989.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of the description: Carmarthenshire Record Office, Catalogue of Castell Gorfod (Additional Records); Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff 1969); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales (Baltimore, 1991 (fascimile of 1875 ed.); and Jones, Francis, The Francis Jones Treasury of Historic Carmarthenshire (Pembrokeshire 2002); Carmarthen Record Office Survey of Archival Holdings.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the finding aid is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service. Further details about manorial records within the archive can be accessed from the Manorial Documents Register.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers are in Carmarthenshire Record Ofice, Castell Gorfod Estate Records and Coedmore Estate Records.

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