William Lewis, grocer and draper of Abersychan, business and family papers, 1859-1944

Scope and Content

Papers of the Lewis family of Abersychan, 1859-1944, including personal papers of William Lewis, 1859-1932; Benjamin Lewis, 1891-1904; William and Annie Lewis insurance documents, 1886-1932; papers relating to William Lewis's shares, 1891-1921; Williams family papers, 1920-1928; papers relating to Glansychan House, 1863-1931; papers relating to properties in Talywain, 1884-1923; Abersychan, 1903-1933; Newport, Monmouthshire, 1913-1918; Garndiffaith, 1899-1944; deeds and documents relating to properties in the manor of Wentsland and Bryngwyn, 1879-1903; provisional valuations of land, mainly in Abersychan, 1913-1915; miscellaneous, 1913-1922.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Lewis, grocer and draper, built Glansychan House at Abersychan, Monmouthshire, in about 1863 and it served as his home and business premises until his death. He had a number of siblings including Alfred Lester Lewis and Benjamin Lewis (1855-1897). Thomas's son, William Lewis (1846-1933) continued the business. William Lewis and his wife Annie had three children, William Lester, Thomas Ewart and Esther Annie. He retired from Abersychan in 1913 and continued to deal in shares and property. His daughter, Elsie Annie, married Ronald Gus Williams.


Arranged into the following: Thomas Lewis family document; William Lewis personal and business papers; Benjamin Lewis personal papers; William and Annie Lewis insurance documents; William Lewis shares; Property, Glasychan House, Abersychan; Property, Talywin; Properties, High Street, Abersychan; Property, Station Street, Abersychan; Property, 32 Fields Road, Newport; Properties, Garndiffaith; Properties, Copyhold leases in the Manor of Wentsland and Bryngwyn; Properties, provisional valuations for Abersychan; Property, provisional valuation for Garndiffaith; Property, provisional valuation for Pontnewynydd; Properties, provisional valuation for Talywain; Property, provisional valuation for Twynyffrd; Properties, provisional valuations, correspondence; Williams family estate papers; General.

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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of William Lewis, grocer and draper of Abersychan, business and family papers, 1859-1944.

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Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Gwent Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

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All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.


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