Papers of Walter S. Jones (Gwallter Llyfnwy)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of scrap books of newspaper cuttings of articles written by himself and others and essays covering various subjects, but in particular touching upon Llanllyfni and the Nantlle Valley. There is a collection of Welsh poetry, some of which is written by Gwallter Llyfnwy himself and two compilations entitled Cerddi'r Dyffryn and Blodau'r Gog which he obviously intended for publication. The letters to Gwallter Llyfnwy have been bound into two volumes. The majority of these have been written by Carneddog. Other correspondents include Saunders Lewis and Sir Ifor Williams.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gwallter Llyfnwy of Cemlyn, Penygroes, Caernarfonshire was a man of many talents. His interests were music, poetry, literature, antiquities, and the history of the Nantlle Valley.

He was a singer, a baritone, and a member of the Coedmadog Male Voice Choir, Dyffryn Nantlle. For some years he lived and worked in Abertridwr, South Wales, but when he returned to North Wales he became involved in numerous movements and societies. He was involved in establishing a Historical Society in Penygroes. He was a familiar writer for various newspapers such as Yr Herald,Y Genedl and Y Dinesydd. Gwallter Llyfnwy also worked hard on behalf of the Arfon Labour Party, and for a while, was secretary of the Anglesey Labour Party. He died in 1932.


The papers have been arranged according to record type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts.

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, September 2001

Other Finding Aids

An item level catalogue is available at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 5342 - 5369B

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