Penhale and Co., Solicitors, Records

Scope and Content

Papers of Haverfordwest solicitors firms, 1705-1980, collected by Penhale and Co., Solicitors, consisting of clients' files, 1865-1980; papers relating to the Child and Hook Child family, 1745-1967; papers relating to Charles Hugh Allen of Robeston Hall, 1884-1895; papers relating to John Davies of Jordanston and John Llewellyn of Hazel Hill, 1857-1945; papers relating to Essex Harries of Scolton, 1857-1945; papers relating to John Madocks of Haverfordwest, 1819-1887; papers relating to C. H. J. Talmage and the Johnston Brick and Tile Co. Ltd, 1918-1967; miscellaneous deeds relating mainly to land in Pembrokeshire, [c. 1708]-1937; deeds and papers relating to trusts, 1705-1943; papers relating to business partnerships, 1815-1966; financial records, 1781-1903; probates, 1801-1979; and miscellaneous papers, 1823-1975.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Rees was a solicitor based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, during the first half of the 19th century. In 1850 Rees took his nephew, William Davies into partnership with him. Davies built up the practice under the titles Davies, George and Davies in Haverfordwest and Smith, Davies and Co. in London. However the firm of Davies, George and Davies became bankrupt in 1895. Williams and Williams acquired part of the practice but itself became bankrupt in the 1930s. This practice was succeeded by Phillips Williams and Co., the immediate predecessor to Penhale and Co., based in High Street, Haverfordwest. These solicitors had worked on behalf of many families in the area, including the Child family, which held Bonville's Court estate and colliery in St Issells, Pembrokeshire; Charles Allen Hughes (fl. 1884-1895) of Robeston Hall, Robeston West, Pembrokeshire, and later Hazel Hill, Llanstadwell, Pembrokeshire; John Davies (fl. 1869-1891), farmer, of Hayston, later Jordanston, Pembrokeshire; John Llewellyn, (alive 1888-1891), farmer, of Hazel Hill, Llanstadwell; Essex Harries (d. 1896) of Haverfordwest; John Madocks (fl. 1837-1877), corn merchant, of Haverfordwest; and Christopher Henry James Talmage (fl. 1918-1964), who owned property in Johnston, Pembrokeshire, including the Johnston Brick and Tile Co. Ltd.


Arranged into the following: clients' files; deeds and miscellaneous papers; and probates.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr G. Cross, Penhale and Co., Solicitors, Haverfordwest, Dyfed, 1982.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Penhale and Co., Solicitors, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available in Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.

Custodial History

The papers accumulated by the various forms came into the possession of Penhale and Co.


Accruals are not expected