J. Charles Hughes & Co., solicitors, Dolgellau Papers

Scope and Content

J. Charles Hughes papers, including ledgers and cash books, 1901-1946; financial papers, 1908-1956; letter books, 1909-1914; printed matters, 1892-1956; case papers, 1912-1947; miscellaneous business, 1700-1954, insurance records; 1901-1953 and personal papers, (1879)-1926 ; Superintendent registrar for Merioneth South, 1920-1964; conveyancing, mortgages, leasing and tenancy agreements of Barmouth and Llanaber, 1861-1942; Brithdir and Islaw'r-dref, 1932-1945; Dolgellau (parish and town), 1702-1945; Ffestiniog, 1863; Llanbedr, 1883-1916; Llandanwg, 1876-1944; Llanddwywe, 1920-1922; Llanelltyd, 1924-1926, 1935; Llanenddwyn, 1884-1924; Llanfachreth, 1919-1941; Llanfair, 1887; Llanfihangel-y-pennant, 1937; Llanfrothen, 1928; Llangelynin, 1900-1926; Llangower, 1913-1924; Mallwyd, 1912-1943; Llanymmawddwy, 1912, 1920; Talyllyn, 1922, (1925), 1931-1945; Trawsfynydd, 1921-1923, 1927; Tywyn, 1924-1925; miscellaneous, 1852-1951; wills and probates, 1817-1940; mining and quarrying papers, 1888-1938; estate and family papers of Borthwnog of Llanellytd, 1875-1919; Brynbella Estate, 1918; Brynffynnon Estate, Dolgellau, 1909-1946; Caerynwch Estate, Dolgellau, 1832-1946; Dolgynlas of Corwen, 1886; Harlech Estate, 1838-1928; Llwyn Estate of Merionethshire and of Darowen, Montgomeryshire, 1884-1907; Mount Pleasant Estate, Dolgellau, 1725-1941; Penbryn Estate, Dolgellau, 1865-1950; Walker family, of Plasyndre, Corwen, 1807-1923; David Davies, of Min-y-Môr Terrace, Barmouth, 1866-1908; Miss Annie May Jones, Wylecop Stores of Dinas Mawddy, 1878-1965; Cadwaladr Roberts of Wern, Fairbourne, 1904-1943; Mrs Louise Mary White of Maestryfer, Llanelltyd, 1904-1957; Samuel Williams of Prysglwyd, 1896-1938; miscellaneous estate papers, 1654, 1915-1947; records of the Faenol Charity, 1921-1926; Y Marian (Dolgellau Green), 1558-1748; The Vaughan Scholarship, 1841-1949; papers from religious bodies, 1854-1935, Dolgellau Grammar School records, 1902-1955; The Merioneth Association of Independent Friendly Societies correspondence, 1932-1935; Medical Officer of Health files, 1921-1947 and Air Raid Precaution Service records, 1938-1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Charles Hughes, of Bryndedwydd, Dolgellau, Merionethshire, was a solicitor. He married Helen Jones on 15th April 1879. Their only son, Reginald Turner Hughes, of 37 Belsize Park Gardens, London, also a solicitor, died at the age of 45 in 1925. They also had three daughters, Helen Elizabeth Katharine Haines, Olive Harris, and Louisa Mary White. John Charles Hughes was authorized to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1916. The Vaughan Scholarship, restricted to the sons of freeholders of Merionethshire or a native of the county or one whose parents was a native of the county, was established by Deed Poll under the seals of Sir Robert Vaughan of Nannau and others. J. R. Hughes was secretary of The Merioneth Association of Independent Friendly Societies. John Charles Hughes & Co. accumulated papers relating to its clients interests, including deeds, wills and leases, and was involved in local government and charity administration.


Arranged into the following: general, business and personal papers of J. Charles Hughes; Superintendent registrar for Merioneth south; conveyancing, mortgages and related papers; leasing and tenancy agreements and related papers; wills and probate papers; mining and quarrying papers; estate and family papers; charities; religious bodies; education; friendly societies; medical officer of health; and Air Raid Precaution Service (ARP).

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Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, J. Charles Hughes & Co., solicitors, Dolgellau Papers

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives, the National Register of Archives and the National Library of Wales.

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Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained

Custodial History

Records of the Talybont Petty Sessional Division have been transferred to Z/P5/6 under accession no. 890/903


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