Rodericks Collection

Scope and Content

Deeds and documents, 1815-1931, mainly relating to the Bowen and Buckley families of the Castell Gorfod estate, Carmarthenshire; documents relating to Cilfig House, Llanelli, 1835-1897; and Llanwinio tithe payment schedules, 1903-1931.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rodericks, solicitors, of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, accumulated papers relating to the Castell Gorfod estate, Llangynin, Carmarthenshire. The Bowen family gained the estate following the marriage of George Bowen of Llwyngwair (1722-1810) and Esther Thomas, daughter of William Thomas of Pentowyn. The Bowens owned Castell Gorfod until 1871, when James Bevan Bowen (1828-1905), son of George Bowen, sold the property to James Buckley of Penfai (1802-1883), Llanelli, the son of the Rev. James Buckley of Cilfig House, Llanelli. The Buckley family continued to hold the estate until the late 20th century.


Arranged into the following: Castell Gorfod estate; general; Cilfig House, Llanelli; and Llanwinio tithes.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr Martin Richards of Rodericks, solicitors, Llanelli, 1985.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Solicitors Records; Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Schedule of Castell Gorfod Estate records; Richards, Melville, Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units (Cardiff 1969); Jones, Major Francis, Historic Houses of Carmarthenshire and Their Families (Newport, 1997).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Carmarthenshire Archives Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Carmarthenshire Archives Service have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

The main Castell Gorfodd estate archive is Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Castell Gorfod Estate Records. Further papers are Carmarthenshire Archives Services, Castell Gorfod (Additional Records).