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Llysdinam Estate Records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LLYSDINAM

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Title: Llysdinam Estate Records

Short title: Llysdinam estate, records

Dates of creation: 1665-1921

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.406 cubic metres (18 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Venables family


Administrative and biographical history: The Llysdinam estate was owned by the Venables family of Llysdinam, Newbridge-on-Wye, Breconshire, which descended from Joseph Venables of Llysdinam, who married Elizabeth Davies in 1723. Their second son, Lazarus, succeeded to the estate and married Elizabeth Jones of Woodhill, Shropshire, in 1771. Their heir was Richard Venables (1774-1858), archdeacon of Carmarthen and vicar of Clyro 1811-1846, who married Sophia Lister of Girsby House, Lincolnshire. Their heir was Richard Lister Venables (1809-94), vicar of Clyro and Bettws Clyro, who married firstly, Mary Augusta Dalrymple Adam, daughter of General Alexander Poltaratzky. His second wife was Agnes Minna Pearson. His heir from his second marriage was Katherine Minna (b. 1870) who married Charles Leyshon Dillwyn-Venables-Llewelyn, 2nd baronet in 1893. He assumed the additional surname of Venables by royal licence in 1893. The Llysdinam estate was therefore added to the Penllergaer and Ynis-y-gerwn estates, Glamorgan, which were already held by the Dillwyn-Llewelyn family.


Scope and content: The greater part of the archive consists of letters to or from Richard Venables, 1810-1858, archdeacon of Carmarthen, mainly from solicitors and members of his family and dealing largely with personal, legal, and business matters, and of letters to or from his two sons Richard Lister Venables, vicar of Clyro, 1835-1893, (mainly letters from his brother George) and George Stovin Venables, Q.C. [?1831]-1888, (mainly social, personal and legal). Other personal papers include the diaries of Richard Lister Venables, 1828-1893, diaries and journals of George Stovin Venables, and diaries of Mary Hannah Venables, 1809-1834.
The remainder of the archive comprises mainly title deeds, 1665-1863, relating to properties in Breconshire, Denbighshire, Merioneth, Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire, and in the U.S.A., personal, housekeeping and bank accounts, 1806-1893, and material relating to establishing All Saints church,Newbridge-on-Wye, 1883.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: diaries; letters; papers; deeds and documents; accounts; and sermons of Richard Lister Venables.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at NLW and HMC. An on-line catalogue can be accessed from

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Sir Michael Dillwyn-Venables-Llewelyn, Llysdinam, Newbridge-on-Wye, in 1970 and by Lady Delia Dillwyn-Venables-Llewelyn, Llysdinam, Newbridge-on-Wye, in May 1980 and 1989.


Related units of description: Further papers relating to the Llysdinam estate are National Library of Wales, Penllergaer Estate Records, Group C; and Powys County Archives Office,R/D/VE.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Burke's Landed Gentry (London, 2 vols, 1846), vol. I; Debrett's Peerage (London, 1951).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: May 2001



Church buildings | Wales | Newbridge-on-Wye

Llysdinam Estate (Wales) | Archives

Venables family, | of Llysdinam | Diaries

Venables, Richard, | 1775-1858 | Correspondence

Personal names

Dillwyn family, of Penlle'rgaer

Venables family, of Llysdinam

Venables, George Stovin, 1810-1888

Venables, Richard Lister, 1809-1894

Venables, Richard, 1775-1858

Corporate names

All Saints' Church (Newbridge-on-Wye, Wales)

Llysdinam Estate (Wales)