Index of Private Document Collections


Much of our understanding of the past is based on records that have been preserved in libraries and official archives of various types. This is all very well, but has the drawback that more often than not the records selected by the officials concerned have for obvious reasons tended to deal with the activities of the wealthy and the powerful. They therefore arguably give a somewhat distorted view of history and cast relatively little light on the lives of the vast majority of people.


We are however fortunate to have been offered access to a number of private collections of documents during our researches into Ewyas Lacy, which otherwise are not open to the public. These typically provide a more intimate picture of local history, with a diverse assortment of records ranging across generations of the same family and/or the descent of a particular property. We are particularly grateful to the owners of these collections who have allowed us access and agreed to their documents being made available on the Ewyas Lacy Study Group website.


We have summarised the content of the documents in each collection and these summaries can be viewed by following the links in the index of private collections given below. We have also been given permission to photograph some [but not all] of these collections, and pictures of the original documents in those cases can also be viewed under the ‘Digital Images Collections’ heading on the Collections page of the website.


Baxendale Collection

A collection of family, personal and legal documents relating to Michaelchurch Court and Estate, handed down to descendants of the Trafford and Hunter families who occupied the property in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Church Exhibition Collection

A collection of photographs and transcriptions of local residents’ recollections of life in Newton, including school photographs from 1900 to c1960

Clodock Mill Collection

A collection of legal documents and detailed operational records of the watermill at Clodock, from the early 19th to the mid 20th century.

Craswall Collection

A collection of personal, legal and other documents relating to people, property and events in the Craswall and Llanveynoe area, from the late 17th to the early 20th century.

Longtown Collection

A collection of property deeds and related legal documents showing the descent and title of a cottage called Ty Newydd in Longtown, from the 19th to the mid 20th century

Macpherson Collection

A collection of personal, legal and other documents concerning both the descent and title to Michaelchurch Court and other events linked to the property, principally in the 20th century.

Watermills Collection A collection of photographs, research notes and documents concerning watermills in the Escley Valley

Williams Collection

A collection of legal documents relating to the descent and title of the Michaelchurch Estate, principally in the 20th century.


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