Hean Castle Papers

Scope and Content

Hean Castle estate papers, 1764-1971; and papers relating to the Saundersfoot Railway and Harbour Company, 1829-1857.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hean Castle, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, had been owned by the Wogan family, the property descending finally on Thomas Stokes, who sold the property to his brother-in-law Edward Wilson. The estate was purchased in the 1860s by a London solicitor, C. R. Vickerman. Following his death, the estate was sold to Sir William Thomas Lewis, Baron Merthyr (created baron 1911) in 1899. The estate descended in the male line, the current occupier being Sir Trevor Oswin Lewis (b. 1935), who disclaimed his peerage in 1977. He also holds Churchton house, Saundersfoot.


Arranged into the following: a copy of standing orders; 'A short Guide to the Parish Church of St Issells Saundersfoot'; estate papers; and Saundersfoot Railway and Harbour Company.

Access Information

Some items have been temporarily withdrawn

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Lady Merthyr of Churchton, Saundersfoot, in October 1970, and by Lord and Lady Merthyr of the same, in April 1973.


Compiled by Mair James for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Jones, Francis, Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families, (Newport, 1996); Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (London, 1990).

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 regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

Almost all the papers came from Hean Castle; some came from Churchton. Some were held at the Pembrokeshire County Museum until April 1973.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Barons Merthyr are National Library of Wales, Lord Merthyr Papers and NLW MS 2952.