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ADX/446: Papers of the James family of Buarth Road


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Ref: ADX/446

Reference: ADX/446
Title: Papers of the James family of Buarth Road
Date(s): c.1880-1970s.
Level: Collection
Extent: 0.013m3

Scope and Content: This collection is made up of papers and photographs relating to the middle-class James and Evans families of 4, Buarth Road, Aberystwyth and also some papers relating to the seemingly unconnected Owens family of 7,Buarth Road and 16, Princess Street, Aberystwyth. The collection also contains some miscellaneous objects.

Language: English; Welsh

System of Arrangement: The collection is divided into 11 files: ADX/446/1 Cards; ADX/446/2 Postcards; ADX/446/3 Coffin bills; ADX/446/4 Army Papers; ADX/446/5 School papers; ADX/446/6 Portraits and photographs;ADX/446/7 Inheritance and Property papers; ADX/446/8 Welsh papers; ADX/446/9 Miscellaneous papers; ADX/446/10 Miscellaneous objects; ADX/446/11 Papers of the Owens family.

Conditions governing reproduction: Ceredigion Archives reserves the right to determine, on conservation and preservation grounds, whether an item is suitable for any form of copying. Usual copyright restrictions also apply.

Rules or convention: In compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), 2000.

Date of description: August 2008



Reference: ADX/446/1
Title: Cards
Date(s): 1890s-1970s.
Level: File
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File consists of cards sent to and by members of the Evans and Jones family of Buarth Road and other blank cards.


Reference: ADX/446/1/1
Title: Christmas card
Date(s): c.1890s-1900s.
Author: E. Evans
Extent: One card
Scope and Content: Christmas card from E. Evans to her sister H.M. Evans with illustration and poem on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/1/2
Title: Christmas card
Date(s): c.1890s-1900s.
Author: M.J. Evans
Extent: One card
Scope and Content: Christmas card from M.J. Evans to her sister H.M. Evans (later James) with illustration and message on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/1/3
Title: Christmas card
Date(s): 1913
Author: A. Meyrick Davies
Extent: One card
Scope and Content: Christmas card from A. Meyrick Davies with message.


Reference: ADX/446/1/4
Title: Christmas envelope
Date(s): early 20th century
Author: none
Extent: One card
Scope and Content: One Christmas envelope with illustration


Reference: ADX/446/1/5
Title: Blank ‘Pob Lwc’ card
Date(s): c.1950s-1970s
Author: none
Extent: Card in envelope
Scope and Content: Blank “Pob Lwc” card with design and envelope


Reference: ADX/446/1/6
Title: Wedding cards
Date(s): 1914, 1920.
Author: none
Extent: Two cards in envelope
Scope and Content: Two wedding cards. One for the marriage of Mabel Eveline Bailey and Ernest Howard Smith on August 11th, 1914 and one for the wedding of Hilda M. Dudley and Joseph S. Goodman on June 1st, 1920 in envelope addressed to Mr, Mrs and Miss James, Gilwern, Buarth Road, Aberystwyth.


Reference: ADX/446/1/7
Title: Wedding card
Date(s): 1905
Author: none
Extent: One card in envelope
Scope and Content: A wedding card for the marriage of Mr D. M. Jenkins and Mary Mydfil Davies on June 5th, 1905 in envelope.


Reference: ADX/446/1/8
Title: Wedding card
Date(s): 1901
Author: none
Extent: One card in envelope
Scope and Content: A wedding card for the marriage of Margaret Jane Evans and George H. R. Stroud on May 5th 1901 in envelope.


Reference: ADX/446/1/9
Title: Funeral cards
Date(s): 1910, 1924.
Author: none
Extent: Two cards in envelope.
Scope and Content: Two funeral cards for the funerals of Catherine Anne Hughes on August 15th 1910 and of Anne Jane Jones on May 13th 1924. Both with poem. In envelope addressed to Mrs Evans, Mount Cottage.



Reference: ADX/446/2
Title: Postcards
Date(s): c.1950s-1970s
Level: File
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File consists of 13 postcards sent to Miss Annie James or still blank.


Reference: ADX/446/2/1
Title: Postcard
Date(s): September 1954
Author: ‘Olwen’
Extent: One postcard
Scope and Content: One postcard addressed to Miss James, Gilwern, Buarth Road, Aberystwyth from ‘Olwen’ with photograph of “The Old Anvil, Gretna Hall Blacksmith’s Shop” on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/2/2
Title: Postcard
Date(s): 1972
Author: “T & O”
Extent: One postcard
Scope and Content: A postcard addressed to Miss James, Gilwern, Buarth Road, Aberystwyth, Wales from “T & O” with illustration and rhyme on reverse titled “Greetins vrum Zummerzet”.


Reference: ADX/446/2/3
Title: Postcard of Bryn Blas Castle
Date(s): c.1955-1965
Author: none
Extent: One postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour photograph of ‘Drawing Room, Bryn Bras Castle, Llanrug, nr. Caernarvon’ by Harvey Barton and Son, Bristol with no message on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/2/4
Title: Postcard of Bryn Blas Castle
Date(s): c.1955-1965
Author: none
Extent: One postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with photograph of “Dining Room, Bryn Bras Castle, Llanrug, nr. Caernarvon” with no message on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/2/5
Title: Postcard of Bryn Bras Castle
Date(s): c.1955-1965
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with photograph of “Morning Room, Bryn Bras Castle, Llanrug, nr. Caernarvon” with no message on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/2/6
Title: Postcard of Bryn Bras Castle
Date(s): c.1955-1965
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with photograph of “Grand Hall Chandelier. (9000 Crystals) Bryn Bras Castle, Llanrug, nr. Caernarvon.” with no message on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/2/7
Title: Postcard of Bryn Bras Castle
Date(s): c.1955-1965
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour photograph of “Drawing Room, Bryn Blas Castle, Llanrug, nr. Caernarvon” by Harvey Barton and Son, Bristol with no message on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/2/8
Title: Postcard of Rheidol Valley.
Date(s): c.1970s
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour photograph of “Rheidol Valley, Devil’s Bridge” by Bamforth & Co. with no message on reverse.


Reference: ADX/446/2/9
Title: Postcard of garden.
Date(s): c.1960s-1970s.
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour photograph of “An Attractive Grouping of Flowering Shrubs” with printed description on reverse and no written message or address.


Reference: ADX/446/2/10
Title: Easter postcard
Date(s): c.1960s-1970s
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour design of “Snowdrop Wood” by Flora Pilkington and legend “Easter Greetings”. Published by The Medici Society Ltd., London. No written message.


Reference: ADX/446/2/11
Title: Easter postcard
Date(s): c.1960s-1970s
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour design of bluebells in wood and legend “Wishing you all Happiness at Easter”. Published by The Medici Society Ltd., London. No written message.


Reference: ADX/446/2/12
Title: Postcard of river
Date(s): c.1960s-1970s
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour photograph of “Sheep Washing, Cenarth, Cardiganshire” in the Cotman-Color Series, published by Jarrold & Sons Ltd, Norwich. No written message.


Reference: ADX/446/2/13
Title: Postcard of St Paul’s Cathedral
Date(s): c.1920s-1950s
Author: none
Extent: one postcard
Scope and Content: Postcard with colour photograph of St Paul’s Cathedral with information on reverse. No written message.



Reference: ADX/446/3
Title: Coffin bills
Date(s): 1923-1944
Level: File level
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File consists of 3 coffin bills for members of the Evans and James families.


Reference: ADX/446/3/1
Title: Coffin bill for Evan Evans
Date(s): 24 January 1923.
Author: Fred Jones, Ironmonger &c
Extent: one paper bill
Scope and Content: Bill for the coffin, brass furniture, winding sheet, white cord and filling the grave of Evan Evans, Glanmorfa Cottage from Fred Jones, Ironmonger &c, Llanon, paid by Mr John Evans, Mount Cottage.


Reference: ADX/446/3/2
Title: Coffin bill for Mr John James
Date(s): 20 November 1936.
Author: Tom James, John Griffiths & Son.
Extent: one paper bill
Scope and Content: Bill for the coffin of Mr John James from John Griffiths & Son, Cabinet Makers and Complete House Furnishers addressed to the Executors of the late Mr John James, signed by Tom James, Proprietor.


Reference: ADX/446/3/3
Title: Coffin bill for Mrs H. M. James
Date(s): 2 November 1944.
Author: Tom James, John Griffiths & Son.
Extent: one paper bill
Scope and Content: Bill for the coffin of Mrs H. M. James, “Gilwern”, Buarth Road from John Griffiths & Son, Cabinet Makers and Complete House Furnishers, addressed to Miss Annie Mary James and signed by Tom James, Proprietor.


Reference: ADX/446/4
Title: Army Papers
Date(s): 1915-1935
Level: File level
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File consists of papers relating to the army career of Mr John James.


Reference: ADX/446/4/1
Title: Recruitment Form
Date(s):  9 December 1915
Author: Aberystwyth Army Station
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Army recruitment form recruiting John James of Gilwern, Buarth Road to the Army Reserve from the Aberystwyth station ‘signed’ by L.J.Matthias, Major. Army form W. 3194.


Reference: ADX/446/3/2
Title: Certificate of Transfer to Reserve on Demobilization
Date(s): 30 April 1919
Author: E.J.Reeves
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Certificate of Transfer to Reserve on Demobilization for John James from Portal Sect RE signed by E. J. Reeves. Lists John James birth as in 1874 and as enlisted on the 6th of February 1917. Army form Z.21


Reference: ADX/446/3/3
Title: Envelope containing papers relating to Imperial Service medal awarded to John James.
Date(s): 1935
Author: R.R.Scott and none
Extent: One letter, one certificate and one medal ribbon in envelope
Scope and Content: Envelope containing letter from the Home Office, Whitehall awarding Imperial Service medal to John James in recognition of ‘meritorious services’ signed by R.R.Scott, certificate from Buckingham Palace forwarding the medal to John james ‘to be worn in commemoration of Their Majesties’ Silver Jubilee 6th May, 1935’. Also includes a medal ribbon in its own envelope.



Reference: ADX/446/5
Title: School papers
Date(s): c.1880s-1919
Level: File level
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File consists of photographs and certificates relating to the education of Annie Mary James and Johnny James.


Reference: ADX/446/5/1
Title: School photograph of boys and teacher in frame.
Date(s): c.1880s-1910s.
Author: unknown
Extent: One photograph in frame
Scope and Content: A photograph of schoolboys and their teacher standing outside brick building, presumably school, in cardboard frame.


Reference: ADX/446/5/2
Title: School report for Annie M. James
Date(s): Christmas 1910
Author: A. Evans
Extent: One paper certificate
Scope and Content: A “Report to Parents” from The Schools, Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth for Annie M. James signed by A. Evans, teacher and M. Nicklin, Head Teacher.


Reference: ADX/446/5/3
Title: Sunday school certificate for Annie James
Date(s): 3 May, 1911
Author: J. Llewelyn
Extent: One certificate page
Scope and Content: Sunday school certificate for Annie James from “Undeb Ysgolion Sabbothol Annibynwyr Gogledd Ceredigion” for “Ysgol Sabbathol Penmaesglas” by J. Llewelyn, Arholwr.


Reference: ADX/446/5/4
Title: Sunday school certificate for Annie Mary James
Date(s):  6 May, 1914
Author: Llewelyn Morgan, Daniel Jones
Extent: One certificate
Scope and Content: Sunday school certificate for Annie Mary James from the “Undeb Ysgolion Sabbothol Annibynwyr” for the Ysgol Sabbothol Penmaesglas by Llewelyn Morgan, Arholwr and Daniel Jones, Ysgrifenydd.


Reference: ADX/446/5/5
Title: Sunday school certificate for Annie Mary James
Date(s): 5 May, 1915
Author: J. Llewelyn, Daniel Jones
Extent: One certificate
Scope and Content: Sunday school certificate for Annie Mary James from “Undeb Ysgolion Sabbothol Annibynwr” for Class 1, Ysgol Sabbothol Penmaesglas by J. Llewelyn, Arholwr and Daniel Jones, Ysgrifenydd.


Reference: ADX/446/5/6
Title: Sunday school certificate for Johnny James
Date(s): 3 May, 1911
Author: J. Llewelyn
Extent: One certificate
Scope and Content: Sunday school certificate for Johnny James from “Undeb Ysgolion Sabbothol Annibynwyr Gogledd Ceredigion” for Ysgol Sabbothol Penmaesglas by J. Llewelyn, Arholwr.


Reference: ADX/446/5/7
Title: Photograph of Ysgol Sabbothol Penmaesglas, Aberystwyth
Date(s): March 1913
Author: Pickford, Aberystwyth
Extent: One photograph in frame
Scope and Content: Photograph of Penmaesglas Sunday school pupils (boys and girls) including Johnny James and teachers.


Reference: ADX/446/5/8
Title: School bill for Annie and Johnny James
Date(s): Christmas 1919
Author: unknown
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Bill for one term’s tuition for Annie and Johnny James addressed to Mrs James.



Reference: ADX/446/6
Title: Portraits and Photographs
Date(s): c.1880s-1937
Level: File level
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File consists of portraits and photographs of the Evans and James family.


Ref.: ADX/446/6/1
Title: Photograph of woman with baby outside house.
Date(s): c.1880s-1910s
Author: unknown
Extent: One photograph in frame
Scope and Content: Photograph of a woman carrying a baby outside a house, possibly in Northgate Street.


Reference: ADX/446/6/2
Title: Photograph of family outside house
Date(s): c.1890s-1910s
Author: unknown
Extent: One photograph in frame
Scope and Content: Photograph of family outside house, possibly in Buarth Road. Includes three adults (probably including parents) and three children.


Reference: ADX/446/6/3
Title: Photograph of two young women in shop doorway
Date(s): c.1890s-1900s.
Author: unknown
Extent: One photograph in frame
Scope and Content: Photograph of two young women in ‘Evans’ shop doorway. One is labelled as Hannah and is probably Miss H. M. Evans later to become Mrs H. M. James and the other is probably one of her sisters.

Reference: ADX/446/6/4
Title: Photograph of young men on stepping stones.
Date(s): c.1890s-1910s
Author: unknown
Extent: One photograph
Scope and Content: Photograph of 5 young men on stepping stones over a river possibly including John James.


Reference: ADX/446/6/5
Title: Portrait of a young woman
Date(s): c.1880s-1910s
Author: H.H.Davies, Aberystwyth
Extent: One portrait
Scope and Content: Photographic portrait of a young woman.


Reference: ADX/446/6/6
Title: Portrait of a young man, probably John James.
Date(s): c.1890s-1910s
Author: Williams & Williams, photographers
Extent: One portrait
Scope and Content: Photographic portrait of a young man, probably John James.


Reference: ADX/446/6/7
Title: Family photograph, probably of the James family.
Date(s): c.1920s-1930s
Author: unknown
Extent: One photograph
Scope and Content: Photograph of family of five, probably the James family in a garden. Probably includes John James (centre), John(ny) James (fourth from left), Mrs James and Annie James.


Reference: ADX/446/6/8
Title: Portrait of John(ny) James, (son)
Date(s): 10 October 1937.
Author: unknown
Extent: One portrait
Scope and Content: Portrait signed by ‘John’, probably of John(ny) James, son of John James. Postcard on reverse.



Reference: ADX/446/7
Title: Inheritance and Property Papers
Date(s): 1911-1923
Level: File
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File contains papers relating to property and inheritance from the Evans and James families.


Reference: ADX/446/7/1
Title: Provisional Valuation for Duties on Land Values for 4, Buarth Road
Date(s): 31 August 1911
Author: The Commissioners of Inland Revenue
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Provisional Valuation for duties on Land Values for 4, Buarth Road occupied by John James, signed by David Evans.


Reference: ADX/446/7/2
Title: Schedule of Title Deeds and writings relating to “Brynmaen” farm, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys.
Date(s): 13 November 1916
Author: Evan Evans
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: “Schedule of Title Deeds and writings relating to the freehold farm and lands called “Brynmaen” situate in the Parish of Llanbadarn Trefeglwys in the County of Cardigan, belonging to Mr David Davies and in Mortgage to Mr Evan Evans for securing £350 and interest.” Signed by Evan Evans, Glanmorfa Cottage, Llanon.


Reference: ADX/446/7/3
Title: Letter regarding estate of Evan Evans
Date(s): 19 February 1923
Author: Robert Evans
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Letter from Roberts & Evans solicitors to Mrs James, Gilwern, Buarth, Aberystwyth regarding estate of Evan Evans.


Reference: ADX/446/8
Title: Welsh papers
Date(s): c.1890s-1910s
Level: File level
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File contains letter and document in Welsh.


Reference: ADX/446/8/1
Title: Letter in Welsh
Date(s): 8 February 1898
Author: One of the Evans sisters.
Extent: One folded sheet of paper
Scope and contents: Letter or document written from 1 Simpson Street, Battersea, London SW probably regarding family members.


Reference: ADX/446/8/2
Title: A handwritten conversation regarding ‘Dadl Ddirwestol’ – Temperance.
Date(s): c.1890s-1910s
Author: Unknown
Extent: One folder sheet of paper
Scope and Content: A handwritten fictional conversation regarding ‘Dadl Ddirwestol’ – Temperance between Williams the publican, Davies, Shon and Robert the Temperance man.



Reference: ADX/446/9
Title: Miscellaneous Papers
Date(s): 1911-1934
Level: File
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: File contains miscellaneous papers relating to the James family and to William Davies


Reference: ADX/446/9/1
Title: Prescription for Miss A. James
Date(s): 2 May 1934
Author: J. S. James, chemist.
Extent: One page in envelope
Scope and Content: Prescription for Miss A. James from J. S. James, chemist.


Reference: ADX/446/9/2
Title: Solicitor’s receipt
Date(s): 27 October 1911
Author: R.R. Morgan, Solicitor.
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Solicitor’s receipt from R.R. Morgan, Solicitor, Alexandra Chambers, Windsor Place, Cardiff to William Davies.



Reference: ADX/446/10
Title: Miscellaneous Objects
Date(s): c.1950s-1970s
Level: File
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: Miscellaneous objects found with papers of the James family


Reference: ADX/446/10/1
Title: Decorative envelope marked ‘S’
Date(s): c.1890s-1910s
Author: none
Extent: One envelope
Scope and Content: A green decorative envelope marked ‘S’.


Reference: ADX/446/10/2
Title: Two reels of Christmas tape
Date(s): c.1950s-1970s
Author: none
Extent: Two reels of ribbon wrapped around card
Scope and Content: Two reels of Christmas tape wrapped around card to be made into gift tags.


Reference: ADX/446/10/3
Title: Highway Code booklet
Date(s): 1946-51
Author: Ministry of Transport
Extent: One booklet of 32 pages
Scope and Content: Highway code booklet with instructions for road users and guides to road signs, hand signals and road laws.


Reference: ADX/446/10/4
Title: A Calendar and Diary for 1942
Date(s): 1942
Author: Unknown
Extent: Booklet of 32 pages
Scope and Content: Calendar booklet for 1942 including general holidays, personal notes and postal information. Left blank by owner.


Reference: ADX/446/10/5
Title: Cigarette cards
Date(s): early 20th century
Author: John Player & Sons and Cavanders Ltd.
Extent: 5 cigarette cards
Scope and Content: Five cigarette cards; 3 depicting ‘Animals of the Countryside’, one ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and one ‘Harvesting in the Isle of Arran’.

Reference: ADX/446/10/6
Title: Sheets of blotting paper
Date(s): early 20th century
Author: Stephen’s Inks
Extent: 27 sheets of blotting paper
Scope and Content: Sheets of blotting paper produced by Stephen’s Inks.



Reference: ADX/446/11
Title: Papers of the Owens family
Date(s): 1885-1919
Level: File
Extent: One file
Scope and Content: Papers relating to the Owens family of 7, Buarth Road and 16, Princess Street found with papers of the James and Evans families. Possibly David Davies, whose house was partly owned by the Evans family was the brother of William Davies, the second husband of Eustina Jenkins/Owens. This is suggested by David Davies presence as a witness of this second marriage.


Reference: ADX/446/11/1
Title: Certificate of Administration of the Estate of David Owens
Date(s): 19 December 1885
Author: Roberts, Son and Evans, Aberystwyth
Extent: One folded document
Scope and Content: Certificate of Administration of the Estate of David Owens regarding the rights of administration of the estate given to Jane Owens, his widow.


Reference: ADX/446/11/2
Title: Marriage certificate of Eustina Jenkins and John Owens
Date(s): 30 October 1895
Author: N Jones, Registrar
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Certificate of the marriage between Eustina Jenkins and John Owens in the Tabernacle Chapel, Aberystwyth on 30 October 1895, witnessed by David Humphreys and Amelia Owens.


Reference: ADX/446/11/3
Title: Letter from Amelia Green
Date(s): 30 January 1908
Author: Amelia Green
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Letter from Amelia Green née Owens regarding the estate of her brother John Owens in which she inherits the contents of 16 Princess Street and fifty pounds.


Reference: ADX/446/11/4
Title: Marriage certificate of Eustina Owens and William Davies
Date(s): 12 February 1918
Author: John W. Charles, Registrar
Extent: One page
Scope and Content: Certificate of the marriage between Eustina Owens, widow and William Davies in Twyn Chapel, Caerphilly on 12 February 1918 witnessed by David Davies, Morgan Davies and Annie Belton.
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