Plas Heaton Manuscripts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Heatons of Plas Heaton were a branch of the Hetons of Heton, Lancashire, and first came to Wales as soldiers in the late 13th century when they were given lands at Lleweni Green by Edward I. They married into several important local families, including the Myddeltons of Gwaenynog, the Griffiths of Garn, the Wynnes of Voelas and the Lloyds of Foxhall, thus acquiring further estates in Denbighshire. In the 18th century the Heatons became lords of the Manor of Wareham, Norfolk, following the marriage of John Heaton (1696-1779) with Martha, only daughter of Christopher Adamson of Wareham Hall, but they continued to reside in the Denbigh area. John Heaton (1787-1855) moved from Plas Heaton near Denbigh to Plas Newydd in the parish of Henllan, and renamed the house Plas Heaton. He was chairman of the Committee of Visitors of the North Wales Lunatic Asylum. His successor was his eldest son, John Richard Heaton (1816-1885), who died without issue, the estate passing to his brother, Hugh Edward Heaton (1821-1891). The estate then descended in the male line until Wilfred John Heaton, who died without issue in 1965.

Scope and content: includes papers related to the Plas Heaton Estate, the Heaton family, military service by members of the family, material about Denbigh and rural industries in the Vale of Clwyd and a large collection of other miscellaneous material.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. It is advisable to book in advance, for details and opening hours see http://archives.denbighshire.gov.uk/visit-us/. Access to some documents may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation, Denbighshire Archive Service will advise where this is the case.

Archivist's Note

The three accessions which make up this collection were input into CALM by Sarah Winning, Archivist, via Excel using an OCR copy list input by Rhian Evans, Archive Assistant in October 2014. As a result of additional deposits the original paper lists consisted of multiple series levels with the same name/content (for example 2 series entitled "Estate"), these were merged before import into CALM. Original descriptions have been retained.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright restriction apply