Dogfennau Preswylfa, Rhiwbryfdir

Scope and Content

Rhiw Calvinistic Methodist Church financial records and annual reports, 1914-1966; papers of Bryfdir, 1888-1937, including eisteddfod programmes, adjudications and committee minutes, 1888-1898, poetry and notes in the autograph of Bryfdir, written on some of the above items, [before 1947]; mural, 1898; and radio scripts, 1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

Humphrey Jones ('Bryfdir', 1867-1947) was a Merionethshire quarryman and poet. From the age of 12 he worked as a quarryman in Blaenau Ffestiniog. He wrote poetry and competed in eisteddfodau from an early age, winning many bardic chairs and crowns. He was also well known as an eisteddfod compere. He died on 22 January 1947. Eglwys y Rhiw was a Calvinistic Methodist Church in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire, founded in 1856.


Arranged into the following: Bryfdir; and Eglwys y Rhiw.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Miscellaneous Collection (ZM/932), catalogue; Meirionnydd Archives, Miscellaneous Collection (ZM/1480), catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained

Custodial History

The papers came into the possession of Mrs H. B. Jones, Preswylfa, Rhiwbryfdir, Blaenau Ffestiniog.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers of Humphrey Jones are in National Library of Wales, Gweithiau Barddonol Bryfdir. Further records of Eglwys y Rhiw, 1868-1967, are in the National Library of Wales.

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