Blaenporth History

Blaenporth and its archaeology, antiquities and history. Is a village in Ceredigion, formerly Cardiganshire, West Wales. Situated on the Cardigan Bay coastline, between Tan-y-groes and Blaenannerch.

Table of Contents

1. History
2. Index
5. Industry
9. Religion
10. Map
11. Links


Since 1909 the Ceredigion Historical Society has published articles written about the archaeology, antiquities and history of Ceredigion, many of the articles are about Blaenporth history.

1. History

Extract from ‘A Topographical Dictionary of Wales‘ by Samuel Lewis 1833

“BLAENPORTH (BLAEN-PORTH), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (E. by N.) from Cardigan, on the road to Aberystwith, containing 695 inhabitants. The lands in this parish are nearly all enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation. The living, formerly a prebend in the college of St. David’s at Llandewy-Brevi, and rated as such in the king’s books at £6, is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David’s, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and £800 parliamentary grant, and in the alternate patronage of the Earl of Lisburne and J. V. Lloyd, Esq., who are impropriators of the tithes of the parish, and pay £8 per annum to the curate. The church, dedicated to St. David, consists only of a nave, chancel, and porch, and has a bell suspended at the west end of the roof. About two hundred yards to the north of it is an ancient fortress, called ” the Gaer,” and in some authorities “Castel Gwythan”, which is said to have been thrown up by Gilbert Earl of Strigyl and the Flemings who settled in this part of the principality, and to have been besieged by Rhys ab Grufydd, Prince of North Wales, in the year 1116, who, after repeated assaults, took it, with the loss of only one of his men, and burnt it to the ground: it was defended by a single ditch and rampart, still plainly distinguishable, and at one extremity is a lofty mound, on which probably was a watch-tower. At a small distance from the site of this post, which occupied the summit of an eminence, is a smaller camp, called “Caer Sonydd” and on the sea-coast is another of small extent, but of great strength, called ” Tudor’s Castle.” At Tyllwyd, in this parish, the property of J. V. Lloyd, Esq., there is a chalybeate spring, the water of which is, however, but seldom used. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 167.19.”

  • barrow, ix:289
  • castle, i:40; iii:55-6,114
  • urns, ix:273

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2. Index

  • Blaen-porth
    • anghydffurfiaeth, iv:105,108,110
    • barrow, ix:289
    • blacksmith, vi:100
    • castle, i:40; iii:55-6,114
    • Howell Harris a (and), v:2,3,4,5,7,8,11,12
    • iforlaid, ili:28
    • ivorites
      • see Blaen-porth : iforiaid
    • nonconformity
      • see Blaen-porth : anghydffurfiaeth
    • population figures,1801-51, vi:391
    • urns,ix:273
  • Blaen-porth Hoddnant, iv:374

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3. Industry

  • blacksmith, vi:100

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4. Religion

  • nonconformity
    • see Blaen-porth : anghydffurfiaeth

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5. Map

View Larger Map of Blaenporth

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The aim of the Ceredigion Historical Society is to preserve, record and promote the study of the archaeology, antiquities and history of Ceredigion. That objective has remained the same since the foundation of the Society in 1909, though its name was changed from Ceredigion Antiquarian Society to the Ceredigion Historical Society in 2002.

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