Records of Richard Williams & Co. and Richard Bowton & Co., Porthmadog

Scope and Content

Records of Richard Williams & Co., 1891-1973, including ledgers, 1891-1970, account books, 1902-1969, records relating to orders, 1913-1973, invoice books, 1931-1964, bills and vouchers, 1917-1920, wages books, 1911-1970, plans relating to orders, 1939-1946, 1957, and prices and patterns, 1899-1970; records of Richard Bowton & Co., 1897-1959, including production details, 1934-1941, financial records, 1897-1956, deeds relating to Minffordd, Merionethshire, 1926-1943, rent accounts relating to Oldham and Rochdale, 1914-1917, correspondence, 1902-1943, records relating to income tax assessments, 1921-1932, and records relating to the transfer of R. Williams & Co. and Wrysgan Co. to Bowton & Co., 1922-1959; personal papers of W. O. Jones, 1818, 1933-1956; correspondence and other records of Wrysgan Co. Ltd, 1927-1947; financial records of the North Wales Slate Co., 1948-1972; photographs, [1900s]-[1930s].

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Williams & Co. Ltd and Richard Bowton & Co. Ltd were slate merchants based in Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire. By 1927 Richard Bowton & Co. was owned by William Owen Jones (fl.1924-1956) and William Roberts. The company also bought R. Williams & Co.'s slate works in Porthmadog. Wrysgan Co. Ltd was established in 1930 but was wound up in 1946.


Arranged into the following: Richard Williams & Co.; Richard Bowton & Co.; Wrysgan Co. Ltd; North Wales Slate Co.; photographs.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Records of Richard Williams & Co. Ltd and Richard Bowton & Co. Ltd, slate merchants of Portmadoc, 1896-1973, also Wrysgan Co. Ltd and the North Wales Slate Co. Ltd, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


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