Trevor Roberts, Solicitors: Caernarfon Harbour Trust Records

Scope and Content

Records relating to the Caernarfon Harbour Trust, 1723-1949, including financial records, 1829-1935; records relating to navigation and harbour improvements, [c. 1795]-1904; records relating to the Port of Beaumaris, 1723-[c.1904]; by-laws, harbour acts and related records, 1800-1903; deeds and related records, 1857-1934; shipping protests, 1882-1928; legal case papers, [c.1792-1949; records relating to the Assheton-Smith v Owen case, 1809-1907

Administrative / Biographical History

The Caernarfon Harbour Trust was established in 1793 and is the authority responsible for the control of navigation and the provision and maintenance of navigational aids in the area from Britannia Bridge to Caernarfon Bay. It is also the competent Harbour Authority responsible for the provision of pilotage throughout the Menai Strait. The Trust provides and maintains a number of moorings in the River Seiont and Port Dinorwic. Additionally, it also serves as manager for Victoria Dock Marina, Caernarfon. The structure of the Trust remained unchanged for nearly two hundred years until, following a public enquiry by the Department of Transport, the number of trustees was reduced to thirteen. J. Trevor Roberts of Caernarfon was appointed as the solicitor of the Caernarfon Harbour trust in 1934.


Arranged into two groups: Group one consists of finance, navigation and harbour improvements, Port of Beaumaris, by-laws, harbour acts, etc., legal; Group two consists of Assheton-Smith v Owen

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Source not recorded


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau Trevor Roberts, Cyfreithwr: Ymddiriedolaeth Harbwr Caernarfon/ Papers of Trevor Roberts, Solicitors: Caernarfon Harbour Trust, catalogue; Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau Trevor Roberts, Cyfreithwr, Caernarfon/ Papers of Trevor Roberts, Solicitors, Caernarfon (Assheton-Smith v Owen/ Shrievalty), catalogue; Caernarfon Harbour Trust Homepage, (, viewed 24 September 2004; Caernarfon Online, Harbour Trust: (, viewed 24 September 2004

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogues are available in Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarfon Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

The records originally formed two sub-groups of the Trevor Roberts, Solicitors, archive. The main Caernarfon Harbour Trust records are labelled XD/88/4 and the records relating to the Assheton-Smith v Owen case, 1903-1907, are labelled XD/88/5.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

The main Caernarfon Harbour Trust Archive is Caernarfon Record Office, XD/15.