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