Nanteos Book


A list of Gardeners that worked at Nanteos throughout the centuries.


1778 Rice Rice

1778 John Davies

1782 Rice Walters (imprisoned for manslaughter)[i]

1785 Richard Garret Head Gardener

1786 John Davies

1791 John Hussay Bricklayer (garden work)

1792 John Williams

1813 John Edwards

1820 John Johnson

1821 William Jenkins

1821 Morgan Jenkins

1821-41 John Samuel

1821 Rowland Harris

1821 Evan Roderick Gardener/Carter

1821 Mary Jones

1821-26 Evan Morgan

1826 Thomas Jenkins

1832 John Evans

1832 Edward Edwards Junior

1832 David Samuel

1842 John Phillips [ii]

1842 John Evans

1843 John Samuel son of James Jacob Wood Sawyer

1843 Samuel Odell

1851 James Yeates

1861 Margaret Evans

1861 Edward Pritchard

1862 Davey Williams

1862 Jane Jones

1862 Maurice Jones Mason (Garden)

1862 Anne Jones

1862 Jane Jones

1862 Mr Brighton

1862 William Jones

1864 Elizabeth Jones

1864 John Woodcock

1871 David Jones

1871 John Evans

1871 Hugh Lloyd

1871 David Evans

1866-1873 John Morgans (Tanrhiwfelin)

1880s Mr Wright (Llangawsai)

1881 David Jenkins (Died December 4th, 1891, aged 81 Moriah)

1889 David Evans 952 days’ work £5.17.0

1889 Isaac Bonsall

1889 Andrew Robert Paterson

1890– 1911 Amos Lander Hopkins (Lodge)[iii]

1903 David Humphreys

1921 Lewis Powell

1936 Reginald Newman (Market Gardener)

1940-50 Daniel Stephens (worked for Newman)

1940-5 Evan Digby Evans (worked for Newman)



[i] Great Sessions Records          

Rice Walter of Llanbadarn Fawr, male, gardener.

Ref: the murder of William Griffiths of Nanteos, groom, by striking him with the garden rake at Nanteos, following an affray over the deceased’s use of the word ‘man’ alluding to the accused.

The prisoner was described as a very sober, obedient servant of quiet temper.

The surgeon applied a trepan as the bone was not only fractured but split and divided and gone to the brain.

                                                                           12th October 1782

Prosecutor:  Edward Hughes, Aberllolwyn, Llanychaern, Esq.

Sentence:  Guilty of manslaughter   1-year imprisonment.


The inquiry into this callous incident was held on the 29th October 1782, where twenty-four witnesses signed an oath. John Jones, the Coroner, stated that Rice Walter was ‘not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil’. He added that the garden rake was to the value of two shillings.


[ii] 14 May 1897

Death of an old Inhabitant - Were great to announce the death of Mr. John Phillips, formerly proprietor of the St. George Hotel [1870s], which took place on May 5th. The deceased who was 86 years of age, was a quiet and unobstructive man, and was much liked. He was a staunch churchman, being a member of Holy Trinity Church. He was born in Shropshire and came to this country, when young, as a gardener to Nant Eos. He afterwards became gardener to Lord Sudeley [Toddington Manor, Gloucester] but returned to Nant Eos where he remained until his retirement for Gardening. His wife, who died two or three years ago, was a sister of the late Mr Jesse Morgan, manager of the Aberystwyth water works. Deceased leaves four daughters, one of whom is the wife of Mr W. A. Green, the Foundry. 


[iii] LLANARTH. The Annual Show. The Sixth Annual Show of Garden and Farm Produce was held at the Llanarth Board School on Thursday. The show proved a success in every sense, the number of exhibits and attendance being in excess of any former year. The judges were Mr Hopkins, Nanteos, and Mrs Jones, Gellifaharen, Llandyssul.

   4 September 1902, Welsh Gazette and West Wales Advertiser




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