Gilbertson family of Pontardawe, steel and tinplate manufacturers, Records

Scope and Content

Records concerning industrial activities of the Gilbertson family of Pontardawe, steel and tinplate manufacturers, 1883-1932, including letter books, 1890-1929; correspondence, 1883-1932; memorandum of agreement, 1888; plans, 1870-1909; Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress, 1909, and roll of Honour, 1920.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Gilbertson was a leading citizen in Pontardawe and the founder of Messrs. William Gilbertson & Company Limited. Arthur Gilbertson was High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1892. He also built the Glanryd House of Pontardawe. Their eldest son, Francis William Gilbertson (1873-1929) married Isabel Francis de Winton Thomas (1869-1955) in 1896. She was the eldest daughter of Illtyd Thomas of Glanmor. Francis was the first President of the University College of Swansea 1920-1929. Their ninth son was Charles Geoffrey Gilbertson (1884-1963). Ellen's mother was Edith Moore-Gwyn (nee Jephson of Ireland). His cricket team was active in 1922-1931. Before moving to Broadlands House, Bridgend in 1950, the family lived in Gelligron House, Pontardawe, since 1908. Their son, Arthur Geoffrey Gilbertson (1913-1991) was President of The Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Priory for Wales for the Pontypridd area in 1952 and was Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1970.


Arranged into the following: Letter books, correspondence, memorandum of agreement, plans, Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress, and roll of Honour.

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It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the Gilbertson family Papers I; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales (London, 2000).

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Related Material

For family records relating to the Gilbertson family, see D/D Gil 2 at the West Glamorgan Archive Service.