Archifdy Ceredigion Archives
Webley-Parry papers

Acc. 2680

Ref: WP

Reference: [GB 0212] WP
Title: Records of the Webley-Parry family
Date(s): [c.1750]-1963
Level: Fonds
Extent: 9 series
Related Material:
In Ceredigion Archives: Noyadd Trefawr collection; Pigeonsford Estate collection (PG)
In Carmarthenshire Archive Service and National Library of Wales: Brigstocke Papers

Date of description: March 2014

Scope and Content:
The individuals represented in the collection belonged to several notable gentry families, mostly from south Cardiganshire. They were also related to the Pryse family of Gogerddan. An account of the interrelationships can be found in Francis Jones’ Historic Cardiganshire Homes and their Families (Brawdy Books, Newport, Pembrokeshire, 2004).

Noyadd Trefawr in Llandygwydd was associated with Admiral William Henry Webley-Parry (1803-53). His wife was Maria Washington Webley-Parry. They had one son, William Henry, and several daughters: Anne (1804-1836), who married Charles Hope (1898-1854); Maria (1806-1898), who married William Owen Brigstocke (1781-1861) of Blaenpant, Llandygwydd; Ellen and Eliza (1812-1892 and 1817-1894 respectively), neither of whom married and were established at Glanhelyg, Llechryd.

Blaenpant was subsequently inherited by Mrs. Constance Gabler of Gernos (c. 1865-1911), daughter of Anne Gabler, née Webley-Parry and then by Katherine Hope, née Kewley, who had married the future admiral Herbert Willes Webley-Hope, grandson of Anne and Charles Hope, at Ticehurst in 1905.

The only son of William Henry Webley-Parry, David Kedgwin William Webley-Parry (1833-70) married Nina Catherine, daughter of the Count Demetrios de Palatine of Corfu in 1861; their only surviving daughter married Sir Edward John Webley-Parry-Pryse, son of Sir Pryse Pryse of Gogerddan, in 1891, who added the Webley-Parry name to his own.

The children of Charles Hope and Anne, née Webley-Parry, were the Webley-Hopes. Charles Webley Hope married Ellen Evelyn Elizabeth Jordan of Pigeonsford in 1861. An account of the history of Pigeonsford can be found in the Ceredigion Archives catalogue (reference PG).

The collection also includes photographs associated with the Satow family of Dolfriog, Penrhyndeudraeth (Merioneth), particularly the Russian Fedor Andrew Satow and his daughter Gwenol Satow.

David Heneker, whose diaries in this collection describe his time in Italy during the Second World War, married twice, first Ellen Hope and then Gwenol Satow. This is, apparently, how the documents representing on one hand the Webley Hopes and their various Welsh relatives and on the other hand the Satows came to be together in one collection.

The families travelled widely; photographs, sketches and diaries allude to, for example, Germany, Egypt, India, Switzerland. They played an active part in promoting local churches and the political, military, seagoing, artistic and musical life of the day is reflected in the diaries and other papers and photographs as well as events overseas such as the war in the Crimea and the Second World War.

The collection

WP/1: Family Bibles

WP/2: Recipe and housekeeping books

WP/3: Personal diaries

WP/4: Sketchbooks

WP/5: Photographs

WP/6: Other miscellaneous items

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