John Vivian Hughes Collection

Scope and Content

Records, 1702-2001, relating to Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea and Western Glamorgan generally, including letters from Madame Adelina Patti to Edith Moore-Gwyn of Dyffryn, 1900-1915; journals of Sally Young, 1798-1811, and related article, [1971]; papers relating to music and theatre, including D. J. Afan Thomas manusripts, 1905-1996; papers relating to industry, 1907-1991, including British Steel Corporation (Port Talbot) Retired Employees Association, 1971-1991; deeds, 1702-1940, relating to properties in Aberavon, Baglan, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, Cilybebyll, Coity, Coychurch, Kenfig, Llandeilo Talybont, Llangan, Llangennith, Llangiwg, Llangyfelach, Llanrhidian, Llansamlet, Llantwit-juxta-Neath, Margam, Michaelchurch-super-Avon, Neath, Oystermouth, Penrice, Port Talbot, Pyle and Swansea, Glamorgan, various parishes in Brecknockshire, Mouncton in Pembrokeshire, Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire and Saltford in Somerset; papers relating to Swansea General and Eye Hospital, 1902-1925; printed works relating to Port Talbot, Neath and Swansea, 1826-2000; funeral orders of service, 1961-1982; newspapers, 1819-1937; ephemera, 1786-1995; maps, 1776-1965; educational certificates, 1862-1935; photographs, [1907]-1937; postcards, [1920s]; various notes and papers, 1894-1946; sale catalogues, 1897-1920; plans relating to Port Talbot, 1912-1978; miscellaneous correspondence, 1787-1854; annual reports of various Swansea scientific societies, 1836-1936; parish newsletters and magazines for Margam, Aberavon and Port Talbot St Theodore, 1979-2001.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Vivian Hughes of Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, is a local historian whose published work includes Margam Castle (Swansea, 1998), The history of libraries in the Port Talbot district (Port Talbot, 2000) and The wealthiest commoner: C. R. M. Talbot, M.P., F.R.S. (1803-1890) (Port Talbot, [1978]). He has also accumulated historical material relating mainly to Western Glamorgan. Adelina Patti (1843-1919) was a world-renowned singer who bought the Craig-y-nos Estate in the parish of Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire, in 1878. She married her third husband, Baron Rolf CederstrÃm, in 1899. She died on 27 September 1919 and was buried in Paris. David John 'Afan' Thomas (1881-1928) was a composer from Cwmavon, Glamorgan. Sally Young (fl. 1768-1811) of Bristol was the Quaker wife of Edward Young and kept a journal relating to her family in Bristol and Neath.


Arranged into the following: personal papers; papers relating to music, theatre and sport; papers relating to industry; deeds; hospitals; printed works; maps; education/personal papers; nonconformist chapel records; ephemera; printed material; deeds; sales catalogues; plans; printed notices relating to the Napoleonic Wars; programmes; printed books; maps; correspondence; personal papers; periodicals; civil parish records; ecclesiastical records.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the John Vivian Hughes Collection; Hughes, John Vivian, Margam Castle (Swansea, 1998).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.


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