Rhianfa Estate Papers

Scope and Content

The collection consists of family papers relating to the estate including deeds, correspondence, bills, surveys, tithe apportionments, maps of farms and other properties. The letters are mostly general estate correspondence; some refer to the building of Rhianfa on the site of the former tenement, Brynmelyn.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rhianfa at Glyn Garth, Anglesey was one of the family homes of the Williams family of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire. The house was built on the site of a former tenement called Brynmelyn, originally part of the Ty Fry Estate of which Margaret Williams (1768-1835), afterwards first Lady Williams of Bodelwyddan, was heiress. She married John Williams (1761-1830), first baronet of Bodelwyddan, created baronet in 1798, who was a grandson of John Williams of Bodelwyddan, Chief Justice of Brecon and Radnor. Their eldest surviving son, Sir John Hay Williams (1794-1859), second Baronet of Bodelwyddan, inherited the property. He and his wife Lady Sarah (d. 1876) built the house, Rhianfa, in 1849-1850.


Material is arranged in chronological order according to record type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, October 2001

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 13592-13635, 34512

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Related Material

Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the Parciau Papers. A collection level description is available on the HE Archives Hub .


Plas Rhianfa: A short history, based on the diaries of Lady Sarah Hay Williams, published ca. 1960.