Padley Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Business letters, accounts and receipts of William and Silvanus Padley of Swansea, merchants together with some personal and family papers 1692-1849.

Administrative / Biographical History

This archive primarily relates to the affairs of William Padley and of his son Silvanus Padley, both merchants of Swansea. In Swansea, they appear to have been merchants in wine and timber as well as builders, ironmongers and shiphandlers. The pair also operated as wholesalers supplying other merchants in West Wales.

William Padley was a member of the Corporation of Swansea in 1787. In 1791 he was made bankrupt and sent to the debtor's gaol in Swansea castle. However in 1782 he seems to have been back in business again. He died c1800-1801 and by 1810 William's son Silvanus seems to have succeeded his father in his business operations. Silvanus was harbourmaster at Swansea at least until 1830 and unofficial Portuguese Consul Agent.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

This collection forms part of the Royal Institution of South Wales Collection and was transferred from the Archives at University of Wales Swansea to West Glamorgan Archive Service in April 2004.

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