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Lord Crickhowell Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CRICKHO

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Title: Lord Crickhowell Papers

Short title: Crickhowell, Lord, papers

Dates of creation: 1959-1995

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 18 boxes (0.417 cubic metres).

Name of creator(s): Nicholas Edwards, Lord Crickhowell, b. 1934.


Administrative and biographical history: Roger Nicholas Edwards was born on 25 February 1934 and was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in history in 1957. He married Ankaret Healing in 1963, and there were one son and two daughters of the marriage. He was Conservative MP for Pembrokeshire from 1970 until 1987, shadow Secretary of State for Wales from 1975, and Secretary of State for Wales during the first two Thatcher governments from 1979 until 1987. Following his retirement from the Commons, he entered the House of Lords as Lord Crickhowell. He served as chairman of the National Rivers Authority from 1989 until 1996 and president of the University of Wales, Cardiff from 1988 to 1998. Lord Crickhowell published a volume of autobiography Westminster, Wales and Water in 1999. His particular political interests have been the environment, economic policy, urban policies and devolution.


Scope and content: The papers consist of correspondence files, 1974-1991, files on specific subjects, 1959-1995, speech notes and press releases describing Nicholas Edwards's speeches, 1968-1991, and a large group of press cuttings, 1968-1987.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into four series: correspondence, subject files, speech notes, and press cuttings.

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: The catalogue is available on-line.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All the papers donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Additions are unlikely.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Lord Crickhowell in January 2005 (0200500883)



Publication note: Nicholas Edwards, Wales, Westminster and Water (Cardiff,1999)

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by J. Graham Jones. -- The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: -- Dod's parliamentary companion, 2005, 2004; Who's who 2004, 2004; material in the Lord Crickhowell Papers.

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

Date(s) of description: June 2005.



Conservative Party (Great Britain) | Records and correspondence

Conservative Party (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Edwards, Nicholas, | Lord Crickhowell, | 1934- | Archives

Great Britain | Politics and government | 20th century

Pembrokeshire (Wales), | Politics and government, | 20th century

Wales | Politics and government | 20th century

Personal names

Edwards, Nicholas, 1934-, Lord Crickhowell

Corporate names

Conservative Central Office for Wales

Conservative Party (Great Britain)

Conservative Party | (Wales)