Roman Deep Holdings Ltd Records

Scope and Content

Records of Roman Deep Holdings Ltd, 1906-1940, including assay books, 1935; assay reports, 1935-1939; correspondence of C. N. Walter and T. R. H. Nelson, 1938-1940, and other correspondence, 1937-1940; weekly reports, 1936-1939; measuring books, 1935-1938; cash statements, 1939-1940; wages books, 1936-1937; plans and Ordnance Survey maps, 1906-1934; geological, technical, insurance and other reports, 1936-1939; records of samples, 1935-1938; bullion book, 1938-1939; X rays of workers, 1938; calculations of ore reserves, [1935]-[1940]; boring book, 1937; returns to mines department, 1937; and articles of agreement with Holloway Brothers (London) Ltd, relating to a survey of the site, 1934-1935.

Administrative / Biographical History

Roman Deep Holdings Ltd was formed in 1935 to mine for gold at Dolaucothi, Pumsaint, Caio, Carmarthenshire, with a capital of £500,000. The main focus of the workings was the Ogofau Mine at Dolaucothi. In 1937, the company formed British Goldfields (No. 1) Ltd as an operating company. Mining stopped in 1938 when the companies' funds ran out. The last mine manager of Roman Deep Holdings was T. R. H. Nelson. C. N. Walter became the receiver and manager of British Goldfields (No. 1). The mine was abandoned in 1940 and the companies were dissolved in 1943.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Trower, Still and Keeling, 5 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London, per the British Records Association, 1980.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Carmarthenshire Archives Service, Business Records; Annels, Alwyn E. and Barry C. Burnham (eds), The Dolaucothi Gold Mines, 3rd edition (Cardiff, 1995).

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 have been retained


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