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Sir Haydn Jones Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 HAYNES

Held at: NLW

Title: Sir Haydn Jones Papers

Short title: Jones, Haydn, Sir, papers

Dates of creation: 1827-1950

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.171 cubic metres (4 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Sir Henry Haydn Jones (1863-1950)


Administrative and biographical history: Henry Haydn Jones (1863-1950) was brought up in Ruthin, where his father Joseph David Jones (1827-1870) ran the private grammar school, Clwyd Bank. His father also made a valuable contribution to Welsh music, composing numerous songs, anthems and hymn tunes, including 'Capel y Ddol'. Haydn Jones became a member of Merioneth County Council in 1889 and was its Chairman in 1890. He was elected Liberal MP for Merionethshire from 1910 to 1945 and received a knighthood in 1937. In 1903, he married Barbara, daughter to Lewis D. Jones, an ironmonger and quarry owner in Chicago. In 1911, the Aberdovey Slate Company was seeking to sell Abergynolwyn Quarry, the village and the Tal-y-llyn Railway. Haydn Jones bought the property himself and became the sole director of The Abergynolwyn Slate and Slab Company Limited. In 1935, he purchased the Aberllefenni Quarry and changed its name in 1956 to the Aberllefenni Slate Quarries Limited. Decline in demand spelled the end for the quarry. Sir Haydn Jones' estates were once part of the Maesypandy and Ynysymaengwyn estates. He died in 1950.


Scope and content: Papers of Sir Henry Haydn Jones comprising letters dealing with local government affairs, education, elections, local industries, agriculture, and other activities, 1899-1950; correspondence relating to a hymn and tune book compiled by him, 1915-1917; miscellaneous papers, 1836-1880, the earlier papers belonging to his father, J. D. Jones; notebooks containing sermon notes; papers relating to Towyn British School, 1858-1862; Ruthin British School visitors' books, 1849-1864; and papers relating to the Maesypandy and Ynysymaengwyn estates, 1858-1883, the Abergynolwyn Slate and Slab Company, 1924-1939, and the Talyllyn Railway, 1924, 1938-1949.


Language/script: English, Welsh, French, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into: letters to H. Haydn Jones; papers relating to Cân a Moliant; miscellaneous papers; miscellaneous volumes, 1849-1939; papers relating to Towyn British School; papers relating to Maesypandy Estate, Merionethshire; papers relating to Ynysymaengwyn Estate, Merionethshire; papers relating to the composer Joseph David Jones (1827-1870)

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: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Sir Henry's widow, Lady Haydn Jones, 1995.


Related units of description: The main archive of the Ynysymaengwyn estate is in NLW, Peniarth Estate Records. Further papers are NLW, Ynysymaengwyn Estate and University of Wales Bangor, Maesyneuadd MSS (Maesypandy)


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records predate his birth.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW Schedule of Sir Haydn Jones Papers.

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

Date(s) of description: March 2003



Abergynolwyn Slate & Slab Co. | Archives

Jones, H. Haydn | (Henry Haydn), | Sir, | 1863-1950 | Archives

Jones, J. D. | (Joseph David), | 1827-1870 | Archives

Maesypandy Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Politicians | Wales | Archives

Ruthin British School | Archives

Schools | Wales | Gwynedd

Slate industry | Wales | Merioneth

Talyllyn Railway | Archives

Towyn British School (Merioneth, Wales) | Archives

Ynysymaengwyn Estate (Wales) | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Jones, H. Haydn (Henry Haydn), 1863-1950, Sir

Jones, J. D. (Joseph David), 1827-1870

Corporate names

Abergynolwyn Slate & Slab Co.

Maesypandy Estate (Wales)

Ruthin British School

Talyllyn Railway

Towyn British School (Merioneth, Wales)

Ynysymaengwyn Estate (Wales)