Griffith William Hughes of Prestatyn Papers

Scope and Content

Manuscript and printed hymn tunes dating from ca. 1910 to 1940, including his most well known compositions, Buddugoliaeth and Bro Maelor.

Translations of the hymn Yn Eden cofiaf hynny byth, to which Griffith William Hughes composed his famous tune, Buddugoliaeth. Also, a file containing the draft of the song Tan y Gawod by Griffith William Hughes together with correspondence. The words were written by Rev. J. Eifl Hughes.

Essays on Eleazer Roberts, Liverpool and D. Pryse Jones together with newspaper cuttings of obituaries on Griffith William Hughes. Also included is a photograph of the composer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1861, Griffith William Hughes was a native of Cefn-mawr, Denbighshire. Educated at Rhiwabon Grammar School, he worked for the New British Iron and Coal Company at Wynnstay Collieries, Rhiwabon where he became an accountant.

He was best known for his musical activities. He inaugurated the Cefn-mawr Choir and during his time living in Liverpool, he founded a large choir. He was also a composer of hymns and songs.

Later in life, he lived in Prestatyn, Flintshire, until his death in 1941 at the age of 80.


Arranged according to record type and then chronologically and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, May 2002.

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 22895-22969, 23769-23774

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