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The Diaries of Margaret Penderel Jones of Garth, 1871 to 1897

Margaret Jones of Garth House, Rhyd-y-fro, near Pontardawe kept a diary for twenty-seven years of the daily events and incidents which she saw as significant in her life as a small landowner in the upper Swansea valley. Eighteen of her diaries from the period 1871 to 1897 have survived and together they evoke an age when social relationships were hierarchically stratified and the ownership of land conferred both privilege and responsibility.

Margaret Jones’ diaries, transcribed here in their entirety with an introduction by the editor and a comprehensive index, constitute a uniquely personal commentary on the activities, pleasures and tribulations of a female landowner in rural Glamorgan in the late Victorian period.

Dr Peter Jackson, editor of the volume, was educated at Ystalyfera Grammar School and Cardiff University College, graduating with an honours degree in Modern History. His doctorate on industrial relations was based on the letter-books of W Gilbertson & Co. Ltd of Pontardawe, which formed the basis of the first volume which he edited for publication by the Society. By the time of his retirement from Swansea Institute of Higher Education in 1995, Dr Jackson was Professor of Business Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Business.

Edited by P. W. Jackson
Published 2014
ISBN 978-0-9553387-6-4

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