Scope and Content

Papers of J. W. Jones, 1789-1985, including diaries, notes and other personal papers, 1867-1979; the manuscript of Rhyl - the town and its people, [1970]; manuscripts of music composed by Jones, [mid 20th century]; records and personal papers of Joseph Jones, 1895-1919; records relating to the Swan Inn, 1911-1940; papers relating to Rhyl and district, 1850-1984, including programmes, posters and other papers relating to theatres, 1913-1984, programmes for local events, 1913-1980, publicity material, [late 19th century]-1982, press cuttings and notes, 1916-1984, printed brochures and booklets, 1895-1983; papers and printed matter relating to other areas of Wales, [c. 1878]-1985; and miscellaneous newspapers and books, 1789-1971.

Administrative / Biographical History

J. W. (Joseph William) Jones (1903-1985) of Rhyl, Flintshire, was a local historian. His father, Joseph Jones (d. 1944), worked as a cabinetmaker and upholsterer until 1911, when he became licensee of the Swan Inn, Rhyl. J. W. Jones served for two years as a war reserve constable in Liverpool City Police, and then took over the licence of the Swan Inn from 1944 until 1958. By the mid 1930s, he had developed an interest in the history of the Rhyl area. He was involved in local drama, and composed light music and popular songs. His local history researches led to the publication of Rhyl - the town and its people (1970). J. W. Jones died in 1985.


Arranged into the following: personal and family papers; papers relating to Rhyl and district; papers relating to other local areas or Wales generally; and miscellaneous.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Executor of the late J. W. Jones, Rhyl on 12th May 1986 (AN 2131).


Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

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