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NAS EJ: Elis Jenkins papers

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Reference code: NAS EJ
Held at: Neath Mechanics' Institute
Title: Elis Jenkins papers
Creation date(s): 1818-1976 and n.d.
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 28 files and items

Biographical history: Elis Jenkins was editor of Neath and District: A Symposium, published Neath: 1974. Of Hawthorne Avenue, Neath, Glamorgan. Published Short Guide to Neath Rural District 1959. President of the Royal Institution of South Wales, president of the Neath Antiquarian Society. Expert on Swansea porcelain, Etruscan Ware of Dillwyn, William Weston Young (1776-1847, worked at porcelain works in Swansea with L.W. Dillwyn 1802-1807 following bankruptcy, lived at Aberdulais mill for 5 yrs, porcelain decorator at Nantgarw porcelain with William Billingsley and Samuel Walker), Sally Young and Thomas Hornor (1785-1844). Experienced lecturer and speaker on local history. Wayne Gittus of Glyn Neath: designed front cover of Symposium, Leslie J. Thomas artist from Port Talbot, lecturer in Graphic Design at Swansea College of Art. Waterfall photographs by W.E. Jenkins.

Scope and content: Research notes, printed works and collected pictures and maps.


Detailed description of the contents of this collection at item level:

<NAS EJ> ELIS JENKINS PAPERS

<NAS EJ 1/1-2> Research notes

<NAS EJ 1/1> Folder containing papers relating to the history of the Gregynog Press containing: photocopy of paper on the history of the Press read to the Double Crown Club on 7 Apr 1954 by Thomas Jones, published by Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 1954. This also includes a biography of book published 1923-1940; copy of Gregynog Press wood engraving from 'The Fables of Esope', by Agnes Miller Parker n.d.; copy of Gregynog Press wood engraving from 'The Revelation of Saint John', by Blair Hughes-Sutton n.d.; prospectus for 'Laboratories of the Spirit, by R.S. Thomas, first book to be published by the University of Wales at Gregynog (University of Wales Press) 1975; compliment slip of the Printing Fellow of the University of Wales Gregynos n.d. [1970s]; 20th c.
[1 file]


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<NAS EJ 1/2> Folder entitled 'T. Hornor, documents, notes etc.', containing: 24 b/w photographs and 7 negatives of T. Hornor prints 'Views of Glamorgan' c.1820s, including Caerphilly Castle, Bachelor's Hall at Rheola, Llandaff Cathedral, view of Cardiff, for use in publication by Elis Jenkins on Horner; envelope containing photocopy of article on Thomas Hornor by Elis Jenkins with 16 b/w photographs of Hornor prints n.d.; correspondence, notes and photocopied articles on the life and works of Hornor by Elis Jenkins 1959-1976; 1959-1976
[1 file]


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<NAS EJ 2/1-3> Printed works

<NAS EJ 2/1> Printed volume entitled 'Minutes of a conversation with Napoleon Bonaparte, during his residence at Elba in January, 1815', by I.H. Vivian of St. James' Place, London. Published London: Ridgway, Piccadilly. Endorsed: 'Miss Jane Wiliams with her affectionate father's love, J. Williams 1 Sept 1850'; 1839
[1 vol., softback, covers detached, fragile]


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<NAS EJ 2/2> Poster advertising the Colosseum, Regent's Park, London, listing the exhibition of the 'Panorama of London', the Saloon of Arts, the Cumberland Gallery, conservatories and the Swiss Cottage; [1843]
[1 paper]


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<NAS EJ 2/3> Title page from 'The Mirror, of literature, amusement and instruction, featuring article on the interior of the Colosseum, London; 14 Feb 1928
[1 paper]


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<NAS EJ 3/1> Newscuttings

<NAS EJ 3/1> Cutting of article entitled 'Know your district', by Elis Jenkins, taken from 'Llandarcy News', giving history of Neath area, Glamorgan; 1964
[1 paper]


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<NAS EJ 4/1-4> Original pictures and prints

<NAS EJ 4/1> Portfolio of sketches, watercolours etc. labelled 'Old drawings found in Hopefield by Miss Young'. Possibly also contains works collected by Elis Jenkins. Contains:


Watercolour portrait of 'the real Mr. Ferguson', probably by a child n.d. [19th c.]
Watercolour portrait of unknown man, probably by a child n.d. [19th c.]
Watercolours of unknown house frontages, endorsed 'Lord Gardiner Collection' n.d. [19th c.]
Pencil and ink sketches and studies of Greek-style cherubs and figures, some signed by Natoire n.d. [18th c.]
Pencil sketch of unidentified farmhouse by M.S.W. 1860
Watercoloured engravings of sailing vessel n.d. [19th c.]
Reproduction photograph of Stoke Poges Church 1818 by J.V.
Print of The Friends School, Camp Hill, Birmingham, printed from zinc by Day and Haghe, and published by George Davey, 1 Broad Street, Bristol n.d. [late 18th/early 19th c.]
Sketch of lager von Sharp Brothers, Manchester 1853 [shows sections and elevations of machine tool part, a ?'lager' German]
Watercolour of unidentified bridge and river scene, possibly by a child (pencil sketches of sailing vessels on reverse]; 18th-19th c.
[1 portfolio of 21 items]


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<NAS EJ 4/2> Framed coloured engraving 'Oystermouth from the Castle', Glamorgan; drawn, engraved and printed by [Thomas] Baxter, [part-time decorator at the Cambrian Pottery, Swansea]; Jun 1818
[1 engraving]


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<NAS EJ 4/3> Coloured engraving 'Mount Pleasant', Swansea, Glamorgan; drawn, engraved and printed by [Thomas] Baxter, [part-time decorator at the Cambrian Pottery, Swansea, Glamorgan]; Jun 1818
[1 engraving]


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<NAS EJ 4/4> Portfolio of original artwork [presumably collected by Elis Jenkins] containing:


Watercolour of unidentified beach and coastline n.d. [19th/20th c.]
Humorous drawing of imaginary map of Neath vicinity, drawn by P.C. Roche, geographer to Elis Jenkins, expert on the Gower and explorer, A.D. 1956
Charcoal still-life of vases and cups n.d. [mid-20th c]
Ink and watercolour of gateway belonging to Reading Abbey by Rev. W.H. Carr 30 May 1821
Watercolour of clock tower, Maize Hall, St. Leonard's, from the gardens Dec 1842
Watercolour landscape showing church tower with cows in foreground by William Weston Young n.d. [19th c.]
Pencil sketch of interior of Dalmaine's factory, Upper Milton Street, town unknown n.d. [19th/20th c.]
Pencil sketch of St. Donat's Castle, Glamorgan, by Laura Parry n.d. [19th/20th c.]
Watercolour of chapel of St. Leonard n.d. [19th c.]
Pencil sketches of head of horse and lioness' head by George Young 1847
Pencil sketch of hut, village land and church in background by George Young 1847
Pencil sketch of roadsign at crossroads with cottage in background n.d. [19th c.]
Watercolour of ruins of Okehampton Castle Jul 1847
Crayon landscape of the spires of Bruxelles by Violetta n.d. [19th c.]
Crayon sketch of old cross at Crowcomb n.d. [19th c.]
Crayon sketch of cove and boats n.d. [19th c.]
Crayon sketch of Upton - Stony Valley n.d. [19th c.]
Crayon sketch of river n.d. [19th c.]
Crayon sketch of Halsway (seat of Cadinal Wolsey) nr. Crowcomb, Somerset n.d. [19th c.]
Crayon sketch of unidentified church and churchyard n.d. [19th c.]
Watercolour of rocky formation and waterfall 'Toute seule' n.d. [19th/early 20th c.]
Watercolour of lake with mountains in background 'Toute seule' n.d. [19th/early 20th c.]
Watercolour of tree n.d. [19th c.]
Pencil sketch of the Thames, London n.d. [19th/20th c.]
Watercolour of Stencorth Bridge near Kirby Stephen, Westmorland by H.A.S. Dec 1800
Watercolour of gorge, river and boat by William Weston Young, received from his family by W.E.J. in 1955
Pencil sketch of falls of the Clyde by S.A.H n.d. [18th/19th c.]
Watercolour of cottage, lane, girl and donkey n.d. [19th c.]
Watercolour of Kingsweston Inn with girl in foreground n.d. [19th c.]
Endorsed: 'lot 69/35 19.10.99',' W.E.J.'s prints of Neath and District'; 19th-20th c.
[1 portfolio of 31 items]


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<NAS EJ 5/1-3> Reproduction pictures and prints

<NAS EJ 5/1> Portfolio of copy ink drawings of Wayne Gittus (some signed by the artist) containing:


Sketch of group of musicians playing Beethoven 1974
Sketch of rugby match 'The Final Score 126 Nil' 1975
Sketch of people waiting in line at bus stop [1974-1975]
Sketch of Cadoxton Lodge, Neath, Glamorgan, with inset miniatures of members of the Tennant and Stanley families 1975
Sketch of Aberpergwm House in the Vale of Neath, Glamorgan, also showing family court of arms n.d. [1974-1975]
Sketch of Maesyffynon House in the Vale of Neath, Glamorgan, also showing family court of arms Sep 1973
Sketch of the church of the abbey of St. Mary of Neath, Glamorgan (conjectural view from north-east), drawn from a reconstruction by J. Peat n.d. [1974-1975]
Photocopy of photograph of Llantwit-juxta-Neath church, Glamorgan [1974-1975]
Sketch of unidentified house/farmhouse, presumably in Neath area, Glamorgan n.d.
Display sheet of sketches of the following properties for use in a calendar of Neath and area: Cadoxton-juxta-Neath church, Llantwit-juxta-Neath church, Ivy Tower, Godre Rhos chapel (Crynant), Angel Hotel (Pont-nedd-Fychan), Cadoxton Lodge, Aberpergwm House, Rheola House, Gnoll House, Groes Chapel, Aberpergwm Church, Neath Castle and Neath Abbey, all in Glamorgan 1974; 1973-1975
[1 portfolio containing 38 papers, including duplicates]


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<NAS EJ 5/2> Photocopy of pencil sketch of Frog Street and Cross Street, Swansea, Glamorgan, with St. Mary's church in background, c.1872. Shows old East Gate of the church, which was removed in 1879 during the clearance of Frog Street and Cross Street. Also shows Rev. Bernard Squire and William Mansel of the Cambrian newspaper.; n.d. [20th c.]
[1 paper]


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<NAS EJ 5/3> Print of 'Woodland Castle, Swansea Bay, Glamorgan: the seat of General Warde' (Clyne Castle); drawn on stone by J.D. Harding from a sketch by Mrs. T. Whitby Sep 1824 and printed by C. Hullmandel; n.d. [late 20th c.]
[1 paper]


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<NAS EJ 6/1-9> Photographs

<NAS EJ 6/1> Photograph of ground plan of the Church of the Abbey of St. Mary of Neath, Glamorgan, as existing Aug '33 [1933], drawn by Peat and signed 'Piccolo'; scale 1":16'; n.d. [20th c.]
[1 b/w photograph with 1 duplicate]


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<NAS EJ 6/2> Photograph of drawing of west and east elevations of the Church of the Abbey of St. Mary of Neath, Glamorgan, entitled 'conjectural restoration' c.1933, drawn by Peat and signed 'Piccolo'; scale 1":16'; n.d. [20th c.]
[1 b/w photograph]


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<NAS EJ 6/3> Photograph of drawing of longitudinal and transverse sections of the Church of the Abbey of St. Mary of Neath, Glamorgan, entitled 'conjectural restoration' c.1933, drawn by Peat and signed 'Piccolo'; scale 1":16'; n.d. [20th c.]
[1 b/w photograph]


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<NAS EJ 6/4> Photograph of drawing of north and south elevations of the Church of the Abbey of St. Mary of Neath, Glamorgan, entitled 'conjectural restoration' c.1933, drawn by Peat and signed 'Piccolo'; scale 1":16'; n.d. [20th c.]
[1 b/w photograph]


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<NAS EJ 6/5> Photograph of pencil drawing of the Church of the Abbey of St. Mary of Neath, Glamorgan, entitled 'Conjectural View from North East' c.1933, drawn by Peat and signed 'Piccolo'; n.d. [20th c.]
[1 b/w photograph]


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<NAS EJ 6/6> Mounted photograph of representation of Roman Neath 158 A.D. to 1958 A.D., prepared by Michael Williams and David Richardson, Neath Boys' Grammar School, Neath, Glamorgan. Endorsed: 'W.E. Jenkins, 15 Hawthorne Avenue, Neath'; n.d. [c.1958]
[1 b/w photograph, mounted on card]


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<NAS EJ 6/7/1-19> Portfolio containing photographs of waterfalls in the region of the Neath River headwater [Glamorgan and Breconshire], taken by W.E. Jenkins:

<NAS EJ 6/7/1-2> Aberdulais falls

<NAS EJ 6/7/2-5> Scwd Melincwrt (Melincourt falls)

<NAS EJ 6/7/6-10> Scwd yr Eira (Fall of the Snow), Upper Fall of the River
Hepste

<NAS EJ 6/7/11> Scwd Gwladys (Lady Fall), River Pyrddin

<NAS EJ 6/7/12> Scwd Einion Gam (Waterfall of the Crooked Anvil), River Pyrddin

<NAS EJ 6/7/13> [?Lower] Scwd Ddwli, River Nedd Fechan

<NAS EJ 6/7/14-18> Middle Clyngwyn (Scwd Isaf Clyn Gwyn)(Lower Fall of the White Meadow), River Mellte

<NAS EJ 6/7/19> ?Upper Clyn Gwyn (Scwd Clyn Gwyn)(Waterfall of the White Meadow), River Mellte
NB Not all of these photographs are labelled, so some have been difficult to identify. For further information, see An attempt to depict the Vale of Neath in South Wales: an artistic impression, by David S. Yerburgh, pub. 2001; n.d. [1970s]
[1 portfolio of 19 b/w photographs]


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<NAS EJ 6/8> Aerial photograph of Neath town prior to demolition of The Latt, James Street etc., and pre-A465 and the new road bridge over River Neath to the north of the existing railway bridge, Glamorgan; n.d. [c.1974]
[1 b/w photograph, mounted on card]


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<NAS EJ 6/9> Aerial photograph showing construction work of the A465 flyover and roundabouts off Neath Abbey Road on either side of the Tennant Canal. Also shows housing estate at Stratton Way and Court Herbert playing fields, Glamorgan; n.d. [c.1974]
[1 b/w photograph, mounted on card]


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<NAS EJ 7/1-6> Maps and plans

<NAS EJ 7/1> Plan of the Neath and Swansea Junction Canal, Glamorgan, by Thomas Hornor of Inner Temple [London]. Shows also turnpike roads, Langwern colliery [Llansamlet parish, Glamorgan] and Redding Colliery [Rhydding, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath parish, Glamorgan]; 1818
[1 paper]


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<NAS EJ 7/2> Photocopy of Campion's map of collieries, iron, tin, copper and chemical works, railways and stations in South Wales. Printed by Waterlow and Sons, London Wall, London, published by C.W. Campion of Neath, Glamorgan, late 19th c.; n.d. [20th c.]
[2 copies, consisting 30 papers]


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<NAS EJ 7/3> Plan of the headstreams of the River Neath (Mellte, Hepste, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin), Breconshire, showing position of waterfalls in the area. Drawn by Laurence Mainwaring; 1965
[paper; 48x37cm]


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<NAS EJ 7/4> Plan of the headstreams of the River Neath (Mellte, Hepste, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin), Breconshire, showing position of waterfalls in the area. Probably drawn by Laurence Mainwaring; [1965]
[paper, slightly torn; 55x38cm]


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<NAS EJ 7/5> Mounted pictorial map entitled 'In and around Neath', designed by Leslie J. Thomas of Port Talbot for publication in 'Neath District: a Symposium'; c.1974
[1 artefact]


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<NAS EJ 7/6> Map of the East Mediterranean, showing Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel and Jordan, taken from Olympic Holidays' brochure; 1975
[1 paper]





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