Papers of Sir Hugh James Protheroe Thomas

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Hugh James Protheroe Thomas, relating to Gadlys Iron Works, Aberdare, Glamorgan, 1856-1910; Gadlys Brickworks, 1896-1917; Gadlys Estate, 1895-1937; Gadlys leases, agreements, 1852-1916; Gadlys sales papers, 1900-1914; and plans, 1875-[c. 1926]; Milford Haven Estate records, 1802-1964; Fishguard Estate papers, 1874-1937; Landshipping Estate papers, 1921-1943; and personal papers, 1856-1953, including papers of James Thomas and Son, Land Agents, 1925-1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Hugh James Protheroe Thomas (1879-1924), land agent and estate owner, was the son of James Thomas of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He married Charlotte Eveline Matthews in 1904, and he was Mayor of Haverfordwest twice, in 1909-1910 and 1918-1919. He bought the Gadlys Estate, in Aberdare, Glamorgan, in 1914. He was a partner in his father's firm, James Thomas & Son, land and estate agents, based in Haverfordwest. In 1920, he acquired the Milford Haven Estate; he also bought estates in Landshipping and Fishguard. He was knighted in 1922, and died in 1924, when his widow took over his estates; the firm of James Thomas & Son remained active into the 1930s.


Arranged into the following: Glamorganshire papers; and Pembrokeshire papers.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Messrs RTP Williams, Solicitors, Bridge Street, Haverfordwest.


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Papers of Sir Hugh James Protheroe Thomas catalogue; Who was Who (London, 2005).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at the Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

The papers came into the possession of Messrs RTP Williams, Solicitors, of Haverfordwest.


Accruals are expected.

Related Material

There is related material in Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/RTM/MHE.