Richardson Estate Papers

Scope and Content

Papers relating mainly to the Richardson family of Pantygwydyr, Swansea and Glanbrydan Park, Carmarthenshire, 1776-1971, including deeds and related documents concerning Swansea properties, 1776-1963; deeds and documents relating to Carmarthenshire properties, 1831-1924; deeds and documents relating to land in West Sussex, mainly the manor of Verdley, 1849-1927; papers relating to property sales, 1871-1922; Inland Revenue and estate duty papers, 1909-1960; Tithe Redemption Commission papers, 1959; schedules, 1877-1956; wills and trusts, 1810-1971; marriage settlements, 1816-1825; certificates of birth, death and marriage, 1870-1951; estate plans, 1868-1871; papers relating to investments, 1904-1947; insurance papers, 1881-1953; H. M. Land Registry papers, 1952; chancery papers, 1858-1862; declarations, 1870-1971; correspondence, 1873-1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Richardson family owned estates in Swansea and Carmarthenshire during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. John Crow Richardson (b.1810) was the son of John Richardson, of Swansea and Whitby Lodge, Northumberland. He married Elizabeth Walters of Swansea in 1837. John Crow Richardson married again in 1848, to Eliza Fletcher of Crawford, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d.1905). In 1860 he purchased the Pantygwydyr estate in Swansea. His son by his first marriage, also John Crow Richardson (1842-1903) married Theresa Eden Pearce Serocold and they had several children, including Alfred John (d.1887), Ernald Edward (d.1909) and Robert Eden Richardson. Ernald Edward Richardson and his wife Irene Caroline (d.1937) lived at Glanbrydan Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. The Glanbrydan estate was bought by the Richardson family some time before 1873. It was advertised for sale in 1936. Ernald Wilbraham Alfred Richardson (b.1900), son of Ernald Edward Richardson owned property in West Sussex during the mid 20th century.


Arranged into the following: Swansea properties; Carmarthenshire properties; Properties in other locations; Property sales; Inland Revenue and estate duty; Tithe Redemption Commission; Schedules; Wills and trusts; Marriage settlements; Certificates of birth, death and marriage; Pedigrees; Plans; Investments; Insurance; H. M. Land Registry; Chancery; Declarations; Correspondence; Armorial bearings

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Acquisition Information

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


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the Richardson Estate Papers; Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the Counties of Wales and County Families of Wales, Vol. I, (Geneological Publishing Co. Inc., 2 vols, London, 1872), vol. II; Jones, Major Francis, Historic Houses of Carmarthenshire and Their Families (Newport, 1997)

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service and the National Register of Archives.

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