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[Hanbury-Leigh & Miers families]  Bundle of Family Papers
When Molly Ann Hanbury-Leigh of Pontypool Park died in 1846, the wording of her will was to have repercussions 15 years later when her husband Capel Hanbury-Leigh died. This group of 17 documents (+ a couple of copies) is the build-up to a court action brought about to settle affairs, including the legal status of the rectory of Cadoxton (Glamorgan) which came into the family through Molly Hanbury-Leigh's first marriage (to Sir Digby Mackworth). Prominently involved are the related Monmouthshire families of Leigh and Miers, whose roots seem to have been in North Wales. All the papers date from the 1860s, though some are copies of earlier documents. Quite a bit of family detail, and a story to be unravelled. (ref 7610)  55.00 post-free 
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[Pugh/Davies document]  Marriage Settlement
This 1849 settlement was drawn up in connection with the forthcoming marriage of Abersychan provision merchant Samuel Pugh to Pontnewynydd widow Elizabeth Davies.   Elizabeth brought to the marriage 8 copyhold houses in Pontnewynydd occupied by herself, Edward Edwards, John Rogers, William Morgan, Edward Richards, Howell Powell, Thomas Jones and Lewis Bevan.  Compare these names to the 1851 census for Pontnewynydd and it should be possible to identify exactly where the houses were.   Manuscript on single large parchment sheet, bears Elizabeth's X and the signature Samuel Pugh.  (ref K25/155)  18.00 post-free  Not for export

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[Abersychan document] Lease of Coal and Other Mines under Blackbarn or Tyr Ysgyborddu
This 1911 20-year lease is of ‘All those mines beds veins and seams of coal ironstone fireclay and building stone lying below and including the Cwm Tillery seam of coal lying and being in and under the several closes pieces or parcels of land situate in the parish of Abersychan (formerly called Trevethin)..........’. The lease is accompanied by a hand-drawn plan on waxed linen. Multi-paged document in manuscript on parchment, bears signatures of parties involved. (ref 6131) 28.00 post-free
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A Geographical Historical and Religious Account of the Parish of Aberystruth...
Edmund Jones, 1988 facsimile rep of the original 1779 ed. 160pp. Although a parish in its own right & thus appears in gazetteers, you won't find it on the current Ordnance Survey map as it is has been transmogrified into Blaina and Nantyglo. Just 500 copies of this rep were produced. F in F d/w. (ref 7274)  9.00

A Brief History of Blaenavon Monmouthshire
Lewis Browning, 1988 facsimile rep of the original 1906 ed. Small 8vo, 95pp, several ills. F in F d/w. (ref 7294)  7.00

Registers of Caerwent 1568-1812 and Llanfair Discoed 1680-1812
Joseph Alfred Bradney, 1920. Tall 8vo, plain paper wrappers with printed title, 70pp, unindexed. F unopened copy. (ref 2909)  15.00

[Caldicot document]  Receipt for 20 towards Mortgage of Cottage
A receipt signed in 1844 by T H Morgan acknowledging to have received 20 on behalf of (probably his daughter) Miss Mary Morgan 'on mortgage of a cottage and land in the Parish of Caldicot in the County of Monmouth belonging to Mr James Quinton.....'.  Manuscript on paper, approx 8"x6", old folds but clean.  (ref 3746)  4.50 post-free  Not for export

6 View Letter-Card of Chepstow
Unused letter card containing 6 sepia collotype views inc the main entrance to the Castle without todays car-park etc. Undated, perhaps 1950s, pub by Valentine. Few small tears but G.  1.50 UK post-free

Register of Llanddewi Rhydderch 1670-1783
Joseph Alfred Bradney, 1919. Tall 8vo, plain paper wrappers with printed title, 36pp, unindexed. F unopened copy. (ref 2880)  12.50

The Bryn and Llangattock-nigh-Usk
Lorna Pragnell and Barbara Beck, 1984.  4to, 187pp, 95 photo-ills.   The parish, the manors and larger houses, and the development of the village of The Bryn.  Very nice copy, F in VG though price-clipped d/w.  (ref 4137)  16.00

[Llanvrechva Upper]  Lease and Assignment of Land & House near Pontnewydd
In 1874 this 400 sq yd plot of land, part of Tynewydd Farm, was leased to build a pair of houses.  In 1889 the lease of one of the houses was transferred to local landowner William Williams.  On offer is an 1889 copy of the 1874 lease (this is on paper - water damaged and parts are illegible) and the 1889 transfer on parchment.   The principal party is engine driver George Rouffe Sier.  The pair (ref 28/66)   10.00 post-free 
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[Mynyddislwyn document]  Surrender of Copyhold
This 1848 document records the surrender by Thomas Thomas [then of Westminster, Middlesex] of his moiety (ie half share) in several small plots of copyhold land known as Cae Cennol, Cae dan yty, Cae Tavoll, Cae pen y llan, Caeloyd y coed, Cae Comb, Coed cae bach and y Graig, Cae dan y Doman and Cae Graig at Cefn Rhos y Bedd, Cae pen y cae, Cae pen y rhiw Lloyd, and Ddoy Cennol at Cefn rhos y Bedd.  Few clues are given as to exactly where these small plots lay, but they seem to be close to the highway leading from Newbridge to Mynyddislwyn; also a lane called Heol-y-coed gets a mention.  It should be noted the spelling was flexible as Mynyddislwyn is spelled phonetically as Monythusloin.  The copyhold was surrendered to Michael Davis (who would surely have spelled his name Davies) of Usk.  Manuscript on single parchment sheet, and this being an official copy of the entry in the Abercarn court rolls, it is signed by the Steward.  (ref K280/223)  10.00 post-free  
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The Charters of Newport
William Rees, 1951.  4to, xxi+53pp, 6 ills.  Transcripts of charters awarded by Humphrey, Earl of Stafford, in 1427, and James I in 1623.  Nice clean copy, VG.  (ref 1223)  12.00

Another Copy
This one is ex-Glamorgan Record Office Library, the only evidence being their stamp on the title-page and a short class-mark in snopake at the top of the spine.   G.  (ref 252/133)  8.50

[Newport]  Bill for Gunpowder
A bill submitted by the New Sedgwick Gunpowder Co of Newport in 1869 for a barrel of black powder supplied to Mr D Smith, Birchgrove.  Manuscript on printed form, approx 7"x5", old folds but nice and clean.  (ref 3745)  3.50 UK post-free

[Newport documents]  Deeds to 3 Plots of Land in Linton Street
Three parchment deeds, all dated 1901, for separate building plots.  Plot 57 was the second of perhaps 11 or 12 between Kings Parade and Castle Street.  Plot 58 was the 3rd and plot 60 the 5th.  All 3 plots were leased to builder William Davies.  The three for 25, or 10 each.  (ref 107/15)  25.00 post-free 
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Programme for Pontypool UDC Coronation Concert, 1953
8pp programme in blue card covers.  The concert was performed by the combined school choirs of Pontypool at the Queen's Ballroom.  Some slight foxing to covers, staples rusty o/w G.  (ref 6595)  5.00 UK post-free

Official Guide to Raglan Castle
Ministry of Works, 1950. Pale green printed card covers, 48pp followed by folding site plan, 8 full page photo plates. Several dogeared leaves, G. (ref 120/36)  2.50 UK post-free

Notes on the Ecclesiastical Remains at Runston, Sudbrook, Dinham and Llan-bedr
Octavius Morgan and Thomas Wakeman, 1858.  4to in original paper covers, 33pp followed by 11 lithographed plates, some full page ills, others are plans or architectural details.  Bears the signature of Octavius Morgan MP.  2 copies of this scarce item are available, 1 very waterstained, dogeared and with much of the spine missing (ref 5292) at 10.00 UK post-free, the other very much better (though the spine again is very brittle and there has been some careless folding and slight tearing of the back cover) (ref 6878) at 16.00 UK post-free

Early Victorian Usk
David R Lewis, 1988 rep. White pictorial card covers enclosing 120pp, 39 ills. A good example of how a community can be brought to life from a variety of sources inc census records and contemporary maps. F. (ref 8241)  5.00

Monmouthshire Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1560-1601
South Wales Record Society vol 12, 1997. Details of 154 wills of people from Elizabethan Monmouthshire who held property in more than one diocese. A wealth of information on land, property, trade, homes and furnishing as well as the religious beliefs of people ranging from the country elite to small yeoman farmers and humble clerks. Mint copies can be ordered via Chapel Books at the published price of  24.00   UK post-free

A Picture of Monmouthshire or an Abridgement of Mr Coxe's Historical Tour in Monmouthshire
A Lady (William Coxe's sister), 1802. Small 8vo, 168pp. Early half calf (worn) on marbled boards, the gilt lines on the spine have survived but not the lettering. A few odd spots particularly affecting the feps, one of which in an early hand bears some common Welsh place-name elements, their pronunciation and meaning. Both inner hinges cracked, nevertheless a quite firm copy of a scarce-ish item. (ref 2972)  90.00

Law and Disorder in Tudor Monmouthshire
Ben Howell, 1995. 108+100pp inc 2 indexes. The 108pp intro sets the scene and gives valuable background material on society, local administration & quarter sessions as well as the transformation of medieval Gwent into the shire of Monmouth in the 16th century. The second part of the book contains a calendar of a hitherto unknown QS & Assize roll of 1576-7. Monmouthshire is almost unique in having QS records dating back to the 16th century. Until recently this was in print at 14.95.  F copy in F d/w.   (ref 8250)  10.00

An Ecclesiastical History of Monmouthshire Pt 1
E T Davies, 1953.  146pp, 3 maps.  Part 1 covers the period up to the Reformation, the intended part 2 was never published.  Some embrowning of eps o/w a F copy.  (ref 4135)  20.00

The Mapping of Monmouthshire
D P M Michael, 1985. Approaching A4 size in pictorial card covers, 112pp inc index of cartographers/engravers, 61 ills (some in colour), contents are in chronological order. A descriptive catalogue of pre-Victorian maps of the county from Saxton in 1577, with details of British atlases published during that period. Every serious Monmouthshire researcher should have a copy of this indispensable reference book on the shelf. The detail is such that it can be used in the study of maps of other parts of the British Isles. VG. (ref 0000) 10.00

The History and Administration of the County of Monmouth
Catalogue of the exhibition organised by Monmouthshire Archives Committee to mark the Coronation in 1953.  The 69 exhibits included account books, documents etc.   Rone'd typescript, 11pp in buff card covers.  Ex-Glamorgan Record Office Library, their stamp in lower corner of front cover.  (ref 252/145)  3.50 UK post-free

Monmouthshire County Guide
2nd ed, nd but late 1950s county guide.  Pictorial card covers, 76pp, fldg map.  Top corner of back cover creased, but a nice clean fresh copy, ex-Glamorgan Record Office Library, their stamp in lower corner of title-page.  (ref 252/159)  4.00  UK post-free

South Wales and Monmouth Record Society vol 4, 1957
Tall 8vo in printed buff card covers, 180pp, a few map ills. Some very interesting subjects:-
Accounts of the Ministers of the Lordship of Monmouth for the year 1256-1257 [26pp].
A Selection from the Records of the Lordship of Senghenydd with Caerphilly from the 13th to 15th Century [20pp].
The Friaries of Cardiff & Newport - the 1st Financial Accounts after the Suppression viz for 1538-1539 [6pp].
Sessions in Eyre in the Lordship of Gower & Kilvey 1524: Records of Dispute Earl of Worcester v his Tenants [12pp].
Monmouthshire Recusants in the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I (with maps) [43pp].
The Copper Industry of Swansea and Neath: The Record of a Suit in the Court of Exchequer 1723 [30pp].
The Parish of Rumney as seen from the Registers of the Parish from 1744 to 1854 [10pp].
Trafalgar Commemoration Year 1955: the Men of Glamorgan who took part in the Battle [2pp].
Quite a nice copy, VG. (ref 2787)  15.00 [note - this is also on the Glamorgan page]