Lewis of Henllan papers

Scope and Content

Deeds relating to the Henllan, Grove, Caermaenau, Penblewin and Trenichol estates, Pembrokeshire, 1581-1920; wills and administration, 1677-1886; correspondence, 1785-1906; accounts, receipts and vouchers, 1812-1895; genealogical papers, 1673-1881; Leach v. Davies case papers, 1623-1779; Leach v. Picton case papers, 1778-1845; maps, 1743-[20th century]; newspapers, 1858-1895; and Poyer papers, 1739-1888.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Lewis family have owned Henllan, and other properties in the Llanddewi Velfrey area, Pembrokeshire, since at least 1637. The estate descended in the male line. John Lennox Griffith Poyer Lewis (1819-1886) married Katherine, youngest daughter of Daniel Poyer Callen of Molleston, Pembrokeshire, in 1857, who brought the Grove property to her husband. The Callen family had also owned Penblewin and Trenichol. On John Lennox Griffith Poyer Lewis's death without issue, the estate passed to his brother, the Rev. Richard Lewis (1821-1905). The estate descended in the male line thereafter. Caermaenau came into the hands of the Lewis family after the Second World War, when it became the seat of Wilifred Arthur Poyer Lewis.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Deposited by R. W. A. P. Lewis of Caermaenau Fawr, Clunderwen, Pembrokeshire.


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 1952); Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County families of Wales, vol II (London, 2 vols, 1872).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

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Appraisal Information

All records deposited at the Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.


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Related Material

Further papers relating to the Lewis family of Henllan are Carmarthenshire Archive Service, John Francis Papers.