I don't quite know why the name seems so familiar - I believe as well as
mining he may have had an interest in the 18th Century, Middle Bank and
White Rock Copper Works - Swansea, about a mile from where I was born
and brought up. Swansea archives(based at County Hall) will I'm sure
hold a host of relevant information- see for example below:
<RISW G1> Counterpart Lease for 45 years from 26 March 1769 for 9s
annual rent, also 9s 6d for every even of coal from the said land, dated
24 May 1769; (i) Robert Morris of Swansea, Glamorgan, esq. to (ii)
Chauncy Townsend of Llansamlet, Glamorgan, esq.; Part of a field called
Ca'r Fryndy in the parish of Llangyfelach, Glamorgan for the purpose of
sinking one or more pits for coal mining and creating an engine and
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NB Alternative spelling of "CHAUNCY"
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Sent: 07 April 2010 11:18 AM
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Subject: Re: Joseph and Chauncey Townsend: Cornwall, Wales, Ireland,
All I can say is that the name Chauncey Townsend is familiar, probably
connection with copper at Swansea, where Cornish copper ore was smelted.
There are extensive references to him in Stephen Hughes, Copperopolis
(Aberystwyth: Royal Commission for Ancient and Historic Monuments of
2000) and still in print.
The Earl of Surrey will be the eldest son of the Duke of Norfolk.
Successive dukes were lords of the manor of Sheffield, and thus owners
the extensive Sheffield Park. There are extensive estate archives for
Dukes at "Arundel Castle Muniments" at Sheffield Archives.
49, Stourbridge Road,
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Sent: 06 April 2010 17:48
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Subject: Joseph and Chauncey Townsend: Cornwall, Wales, Ireland,
I wish to re-start a thread I found in the Mining-History e-archives. I
have just begun doing research on the life of the Rev. Joseph Townsend
(1739-1816) of Pewsey, Wiltshire, and I am seeking information along two
1. I am looking for information about the activities of Joseph's father
Chauncey Townsend. A merchant from London, I know that he was involved
mines in Cornwall, Wales and Wensleydale. He gets (I assume it is him)
mention in The coal industry of the eighteenth century, by T. S. Ashton
Joseph Sykes. p. 64) as letting, with Mr. Furniss, the Sheffield Park
Colliery from the Earl of Surrey.
2. I am of course also interested in the activities of Joseph himself.
*Joseph apparently had an interest in a mine in Ireland.(Winchester "The
that changed the world")
*He may also have been interested in Welsh coalmines: he was involved
the building of the Kennet and Avon Canal, which was seen as a possible
route for Welsh coal to London.
*He may have invested in Cornish mines--I know that he has connections
St. Agnes, Cornwall via a) his first wife Joyce Nankivel was from St.
Agnes/Truro area (I know little about her)
b) her father the physician (JT was a trained physician)
and c) JT definitely filled in at St. Agnes church, and may have
elsewhere in Cornwall in the 1760s and 1770s.
Could you suggest where I might best be able to find out information
My thanks to Ian Spensely who has already made some suggestions to me.
Richard VandeWetering, DPhil
University of Western Ontario
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