Documents relating to the family of Bradney of Talycoed

Scope and Content

Family and estate papers of the Bradney family comprising estate papers, 1840-1931, including papers for Monmouthshire, 1864-1931, Wiltshire and Somerset, 1840-1919, and Bristol, 1864-1865; family papers, 1851-1932, 1960-1964; financial papers, 1819-1928; business papers, 1870-1873; personal papers, [c. 1812]-1965; and family photographs. See also arrangement field.

Administrative / Biographical History

Tal-y-coed Court was formerly known as Llanvingel Hall and it was the estate of Crawshay Bailey (the elder) before it was purchased by Captain Bradney, then living in Somerset. It had been renamed Tal-y-coed by the 1890s. Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney was high sheriff of Monmouthshire in 1889, a county councillor 1898-1924, and an alderman 1924-1927. He was the author of numerous antiquarian and genealogical works, mostly relating to Monmouthshire, particularly his unfinished History of Monmouthshire (12 parts, 1904-1932). He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Wales in 1923 and knighted in 1924. The male line of his branch of the family appears to have died in the next generation with John Harford Bradney (1886-1962), and the family was represented in 1969 by Edgar John Humphrey Bradney (b. 1904) of Bideford, Devon, a grandson of Joseph Bradney's eldest son John Hopkins Bradney (1795-1861) and his third wife.


Arranged into the following sections: Joseph Bradney; Joseph Christopher Bradney; Mrs Sarah Decima Bradney; Joseph Alfred Bradney; John Harford Bradney; Edward Bradney; Walter Bradney; Margaretta Bradney; Nest Bradney; family photographs.

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Gift. It is Gwent Record Office's policy to withold information about donors or depositors in view of possible misuse.


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959)

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Related Material

Further papers regarding the Bradney family of Tal-y-coed are in the National Library of Wales (NLW Annual Report 1931-32, p. 34).