Ancient papers saved in tax deal (Wales)

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The future of records dating back more than 700 years has been secured - with the help of the taxman.

Estate ledgers, royal edicts and personal correspondence are to stay at Bangor University after a deal with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The deal agreed with executors of the Penrhyn Castle estate will see the archives accepted for the British people in lieu of inheritance tax.

They reveal the history and politics of the families of the castle in Gwynedd.

The documents, which range from 13th Century parchment to 20th century typed papers, chart hundreds of years of history.

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