James Summers, Esq. Archives

Scope and Content

Leases 1859-1938; Picton Castle Estate tithe redemption papers, 1922-1932; draft conveyances, 1894-1945; documents relating to sale, plans and particulars of the Picton Castle Estate, 1928-1942; and Higgons Well Mineral Water Manufactory, Haverfordwest papers, 1900-1928.

Administrative / Biographical History

Picton Castle, Slebech, Pembrokeshire, was the seat of the Philipps families since 1469. The Rev. James Henry Alexander Philipps (formerly Gwyther) (d. 1875) of Picton Castle was succeeded by his son-in-law Sir Charles Edward Gregg Philipps (formerly Fisher), who was created a baronet in 1887. This baronetcy, and the Picton Estate, descended to his son, Sir Henry Erasmus Edward Philipps (1871-1938), and then to his son, Sir John Erasmus Gwynne Alexander Philipps (1915-1948). The estate was involved in the Higgons Well Mineral Water Manufactory, in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.


Arranged into the following: leases; draft conveyances; and plans and particulars.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Messrs. RTP Williams, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Haverfordwest.


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, James Summers, Esq. Archives catalogue; Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, (London, 1872; The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, (London, 1959).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at the Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

The papers came into the possession of Messrs. RTP Williams, Solicitors.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Philipps family and the Picton Castle estate are National Library of Wales, Picton Castle Estate Records, National Library of Wales MS 23273-6, National Library of Wales ex 818, 1940, and Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/RTM/PIC, and D/RTP/PIC. Related maps and plans are NLW PG 4210-4275.