Document referenceDBJ
Level of description Fonds
TitleBlandy-Jenkins of Llanharan, Estate Collection
Creator(s)Llanharan Estate
BackgroundThe Powells of Maesteg arrived in Llanharan, Glamorgan, in about 1700. By 1750, Rees Powell (d. 1758) had built a country mansion, now known as Llanharan House. The family also amassed a large agricultural estate around it. On the death of Gervase Powell in 1795, his three daughters and co-heiresses executed a deed of partition of the estates and Llanharan House was purchased by Richard Hoare Jenkins of Pantynawel, Llangeinior, for £11,000. Richard Hoare Jenkins died in 1856 and the estate eventually passed to Colonel John Blandy-Jenkins (1839-1915) of Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire. He lived at Tregroes House, Pencoed, Glamorgan, for a period while his mother was in residence at Llanharan. He was involved in local administration and foxhunting and served as chairman of the newly formed Glamorgan County Council from 1895 to 1915. His second wife, Elizabeth Nora, on the death of her husband kept the estate intact until her death in 1953. According to the 1873 return of owners of land, the estate measured 6,084 acres, all in Glamorgan, and carried an annual rental of £3,023.
DescriptionEstate and family papers including deeds of the Llanharan estate, Glamorgan, 1557-1929; deeds relating to the purchase of the Llanharan estate by Richard Hoare Jenkins, 1806-1810; estate papers, 1625-1913, including rentals and accounts, [c. 1737]-1909; family papers, 1536-1911, including wills and related papers, 1536-1911, marriage settlements, 1601-1897, correspondence, 1758-1917, household papers, 1705-[c. 1900]; legal papers in Blandy Jenkins v Dunraven, 1343-1875; and official papers, 1677-1914, relating to Glamorgan Quarter sessions, local government and public utilities, and parish affairs. The archive also includes industrial papers, 1805-1909, including railway records, 1844-1896; and papers relating to minerals and collieries, 1805-1909, all in Glamorgan.
ArrangementArranged into the following: deeds; estate papers; industrial papers; law suits; family papers; household papers; correspondence; official papers; and miscellaneous documents.
Extent6700 items
Physical characteristicsMany of the documents in this collection are in an extremely fragile condition and cannot be made available to researchers.
AppraisalAll records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.
Source of AcquisitionInformation to be supplied.
Finding AidsHard copies of the catalogue are available at Glamorgan Record Office and the National Register of Archives.
Related materialFurther records are held at the Glamorgan Archives: DSA/57-69 in the Stephenson and Alexander Blandy Jenkins Llanharan Estate Records, including rentals, 1915-1936; registers of leases, 20th century; mineral lease register, 1958, and leases, 1874-1948; and estate plans, 20th century [further accessions likely]. The following items have been dispersed from this collection into parish collections: P77/2, P92/1, P94/1, P96/1-6, P129/1.
Access statusNo restrictions.
Conditions of accessApplications to consult specific documents should be made in advance and in writing, to the Glamorgan Archivist who will determine whether or not the items can be made available.
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