Lecture: “Rent capons, silver plate and church pews promoting status, honour and authority in North East Wales, c. 1500-1700”

March 10, 2017

We will be hosting a lecture in partnership with the Friends of Clwyd Archives. Details as follows-

Lecture Summary:

From the late medieval period through to the early part of the twentieth century, estates such as Chirk, Hanmer, Kinmel, Lleweni, Plas-y-Ward, Trevalyn and Wynnstay dominated the landscape of North East Wales.  During the course of their existence most of these estates built up extensive collections of records, detailing the immense influences they exerted on areas ranging from politics, religion, warfare and industry, through to architecture, culture, farming and literature.  Most of these collections are now housed in public archives and provide an outstanding resource for exploring the history of Wales.  This lecture will draw upon records from the Mostyn archive to showcase some of the more innovative ways in which the gentry of North East Wales attempted to promote their status, honour and authority across the 16th and 17th century.

Speaker: Dr. Shaun Evans is Director of the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates at Bangor University and Chair of the North East Wales Heritage Forum.

Date: Tuesday 25th April

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Denbighshire Archives, The Old Gaol, Ruthin, LL15 1HP

Booking essential: to make a booking please call 01824 708250 or email archives@denbighshire.gov.uk. Parking during event is available at nearby pay and display car parks. Limited spaces available onsite for blue badge holders.

Charge of £2 for non-members. Tea and coffee provided.

See attached poster, feel free to circulate to anyone who may be interested in attending.

Denbighshire Archives – Review 2016

January 10, 2017


During 2016 our visitors have become familiar with a new archivist in the office, Jane Sellek, who has been working with us on a temporary basis for the last year. Unfortunately Jane’s contract has come to an end and we will be sorry to see her leave at the end of January. Jane has assisted many researchers during her time supervising our searchroom and behind the scenes she has been busy cataloguing a number of collections including;

Jane has also been supporting our volunteers in our ongoing cataloguing project looking at County Clerk’s files.

The staff will be very sorry to lose Jane and wish her all the best in the future.


2016 was an exciting year for us for online developments, as the new website was launched in June 2016. Since the launch almost 300 people have registered and our visitors are now booking online before visiting us. Website use has increased by over 30% compared to the same time last year and we now have 40% of our catalogues available to search online including large collections such as Porter and Plas Power.

Researchers and Enquiries

997 researchers used our office during 2016 consulting 3160 original documents. Local history is the most popular subject for research accounting for 51% of our researchers, closely followed by family history accounting for 32% of researchers.

Some of the main projects we have seen our researchers complete are;

  • A History of Royal Denbigh Lodge by Rob Hammond, 2016
  • The Primitive Methodist Mission to North Wales by David Young, published by Wesley Historical Society (Wales), 2016

We answered 706 enquiries by post, email or telephone.


We have received a number of grants this year including;

Events and Groups

130 visitors attended our events during 2016 including the Explore Launch in November, a school visit from Ysgol Pentrefoelas and our annual student visit from Glyndwr history students.


The archives has been involved in a number of filming projects including filming for Archives Wales on the prison diet which can be viewed here.

Cataloguing and Accessions

You can keep an eye on our new accessions on The National Archives survey here.

42 new accessions were recorded during the year including records of;


We now have 11 onsite volunteers and 10 virtual volunteers helping us with numerous ongoing projects such as:


In total our volunteers have contributed over 900 hours of volunteer time during 2016. We have had 2 students from Glyndwr University on student placements.

Thank you to all our researchers and volunteers, we have had a very productive and busy year!