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Longueville Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LONG

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Longueville Collection

Short title: Longueville & Co., solicitors, collection

Dates of creation: [14th century]-[20th century]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 6.120 cubic metres (213 boxes, 13 volumes, 1 parcel)

Name of creator(s): Messrs Longueville & Co., solicitors.


Administrative and biographical history: Messrs Longueville & Co. of Oswestry, solicitors, was established in 1720. The firm acted on behalf of a number of notable families and large estates in north Wales and Shropshire, including the Chirk Castle estate, the Hengwrt, Rug and Nannau estate, and the Wynnstay estate. In 1988 Longueville merged with local solicitors John C Gittins & Co. and Minshalls to form LG Solicitors.


Scope and content: Papers relating to families and estates in north Wales, including the West family, the Chirk Castle estate, the Hengwrt, Rug and Nannau estate, the Wynnstay estate, the Penbedw estate, the estate of Richard Willding of Llanrhaeadr Hall, Denbighshire, and the Whitehall-Davies family of Broughton Hall, Flintshire, and Llannerch, Denbighshire. Records and correspondence, including relating to abstracts of title, chapels, churches, conveyances, inclosures, industrial activity, law suits, mining, parliamentary elections, probate, railways, schools and tithe commutation. Office records, including cash journals, bill books and letter books, [19th century]-[20th century].


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged within each deposited group by broad catagory, including major clients, minor clients, probate, law suits, parliamentary elections, miscellaneous conveyances, tithe commutation, correspondence, inclosures, industrial, and railways.

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 regulations apply.

Finding aids: Most of the Longueville Collection (a huge archive) remains uncatalogued. NLW, A preliminary schedule of deeds & documents deposited by Messrs Longueville & Co..., 1960, is a catalogue of part of the 1958 deposit. NLW, Longueville Gittins probates & administrations, 1993, is a list of the probate records from two tin chests in the 1988 deposit. HMC, Report on deeds & papers of the Williams Wynn family of Wynnstay, baronets, and Ormsby Gore family, barons Harlech..., 1998, is a box list to the papers of those two estates in the c.1954, c.1981 and 1988 deposits. Hard copies of these three catalogues are available at NLW and HMC. NLW, Longueville Gittins probates & administrations, 1993, is also available online. Card indexes to 'Miscellaneous probate records including death certificates' and 'Minor clients' are available at NLW.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Papers relating to some estates have been withdrawn by the depositors. Sixteen boxes of records relating to the Cornwallis-West Hampshire estates, have been transferred to the Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, Sept. 2000 (their 99A00, Newlands Estate, Milford-on-Sea). Otherwise, all records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited in several groups: the first two groups by Longueville & Co., per Mr J. Iorwerth Williams, c.1942 and c.1948; an extensive group deposited by Longueville & Co., per Mary C. Hill, Shropshire County Archivist, c.1958; the Longueville (Maesmor) deeds and estate papers deposited by Longueville & Co., per Mr A. Lloyd Hughes, Meirionnydd County Archivist, c.1970; a further large deposit from Longueville & Co., c.1980; a further supplementary collection from Longueville & Co., c.1986; and a further extensive supplementary group from Longueville Gittins, 1988. NLW also bought at auction, 19 Oct. 1990, a group of papers deriving from the offices of Longueville & Co., 1830-1881, and received from Roger J. Knowles of Cannock, Staffordshire, c.1991, a group of papers originating from the offices of Longueville & Co., 1823-1925.


Related units of description: Powys County Archives Service: Longueville Gittins Maps & Plans is a small group. Further Longueville papers, concentrating on their English clients, are in Shropshire Archives: Longueville, Gittins & Co. Further papers relating to several Longueville clients are at NLW, including Brogyntyn (Longueville) Papers, Chirk Castle Estate Records and Wynnstay Estate Records. The main collection of Wynnstay papers are in the Denbighshire Record Office: Wynnstay MSS.


Note: Title supplied from collector of the fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Preliminary Schedule of Longueville Deeds & Documents.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: March 2003



Chirk Castle estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Deeds | Wales | Caernarvonshire

Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire

Deeds | Wales | Flintshire

Deeds | Wales | Merioneth

Deeds | Wales | Montgomeryshire

Estate administration | Wales, North

Longueville Gittins, solicitors | Archives

Ormsby-Gore family, | Barons Harlech | Archives

Solicitors | England | Oswestry | Archives

Williams Wynn family, | of Wynnstay | Archives

Personal names

Corporate names

Longueville Gittins, Solicitors