Records of Towyn Friendly Society and Other Papers

Scope and Content

Records mainly relating to the Towyn Friendly Society, 1832-1953, including registers, 1832-1948; minute books, 1874-1917; correspondence, 1915-1920; miscellaneous Society records, 1877-1943; records of the Aberllefenni Slate and Slab Quarries Co., 1944-1953; and miscellaneous papers, 1880-1949.

Administrative / Biographical History

Towyn Friendly Society was established in c.1830 in Tywyn, Merionethshire. Members paid a subscription and in return received a range of benefits, including sick pay, pension, and assistance to dependents. The Society continued into the 20th century, but numbers decreased until there were only 13 registered members in 1948. Aberllefenni Slate and Slab Quarries Co., Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire, managed the Aberllefenni Quarry, close to Corris, Montgomeryshire, during the 19th and 20th centuries; its records became incorporated in those of Towyn Friendly Society.


Arranged into the following: Towyn Friendly Society; Aberllefenni Slate Quarry; and Miscellaneous papers

Access Information

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Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Cofnodion Cymdeithas Gyfeillgar Tywyn a Papurau Eraill/ Records of Towyn Friendly Society and Other Papers, catalogue; Richards, Alun John, A Gazeteer of the Welsh Slate Industry (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, 1991).

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

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