Records created and/or accumulated by Alderman Edward Hughes (1862-1938) and daughters of Glyndwr, Bersham Road, Wrexham.
Edward Hughes was born in Oswestry in 1862, although his family came from Llansilin. An accountant by profession, and with a large number of business interests, he was also a local historian and genealogist. He became one of the most influential and prominent people in Wrexham. He was a magistrate, borough councillor, alderman and Freeman of Wrexham, Denbighshire County Councillor, landlord and property developer.
During the First World War, he served as quartermaster to the Denbighshire Volunteer Regiment (2nd Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers) with the rank of lieutenant. He also served on the military tribunal for Denbighshire, and travelled throughout North Wales swearing in recruits in Welsh. He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his work in 1918.
Married to Margaret Armstrong in 1888, they had three daughters, – Gwendoline (1889-1970), Dorothy (1890-1954) and Edna (1894-1982). All three lived at Glyndwr throughout their lives and died unmarried.
The Glyndwr collection (with over 4,000 items) is a record of one remarkable family’s contribution to the life of Wrexham, spanning almost a century.