Llanarth History

Llanarth and its archaeology, antiquities and history. Is a village in Ceredigion, formerly Cardiganshire, West Wales. Situated on the Cardigan Bay coastline, between Llwyncelyn and Synod Inn. Follow the B4342 road to Gilfachrheda and the small fishing village of New Quay.

Table of Contents

1. History
2. Index
3. Map
4. Topography
5. Links
  • Cardiganshire Fonts - Llanarth
  • Staircase at Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion
  • Old Cardiganshire Houses - Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion
  • In the Attic at Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion
  • Drawing-room Ceiling Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion
  • Dining-room Ceiling Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion
  • Bed-room Ceiling Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion
Llanarth History Pictures
Cardiganshire Fonts - Llanarth
Cardiganshire Fonts – Llanarth

Old Cardiganshire Houses - Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion
Old Cardiganshire Houses –
Wern Newydd, Llanarth, Ceredigion

Since 1909 the Ceredigion Historical Society has published articles written about the archaeology, antiquities and history of Ceredigion, many of these articles printed within the Ceredigion Journal, are about the history of Llanarth.

The society has also produced three county volumes, under the name of the Cardiganshire County History series, these knowledgeable, learned, comprehensive and scholary publications record the history of prehistoric, early and modern Cardiganshire.

1. History

Notes on Llanarth and Neighbourhood

Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol 4

The Font at Llanarth

Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol 2, No 1

CARDIGANSHIRE FONTS, by Professor Tyrrell Green

Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol 1, Part 3

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2. Index

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3. Map

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4. A Topographical Dictionary of Wales

Originally published by: Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (London, Fourth edition, 1849)

LLANARTH (LLAN-ARTH), a parish, in the union of Aberaëron, hundred of Moythen, county of Cardigan, South Wales, 13 miles (N. W. by W.) from Lampeter; consisting of two divisions, North and South, and containing 2421 inhabitants. The Earl of Richmond, afterwards Henry VII., on the second night after his landing at Milford Haven, encamped his forces at Wern Newydd, in this neighbourhood, where he was hospitably entertained by Einon ab Davydd Llwyd, on his route through the country to Bosworth Field. The parish is of considerable extent. It is pleasantly situated on the turnpike-road leading from Cardigan to Aberystwith, and is intersected by the river Llethy, which falls into Cardigan bay at Llanina. The surface is boldly undulated, in some parts mountainous; the lands are partially inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surrounding scenery is strikingly varied by picturesque dingles and sterile mountains; and from the higher grounds some pleasing and extensive views are obtained over St. George’s Channel. Neuadd Llanarth, anciently the seat of the family of Griffiths, is now a spacious modern mansion. Fairs are annually held in the village on January 12th, March 12th, June 17th, September 22nd, and October 27th, for horses, cattle, and merchandise.

The living is a vicarage, with the perpetual curacy of Llanina annexed, rated in the king’s books at £4. 18. 1½.; patron, the Bishop of St. David’s. The tithes of the parish have been commuted for £303. 8. 4. payable to the bishop, £151. 14. 2. to the vicar, and £4. 17. 6. to an impropriator. The church, dedicated to St. Vylltyg, is a venerable structure, consisting of a nave and chancel, with a lofty and substantial tower, and is situated on the declivity of a high hill: in the churchyard, a little to the north of the church, is a stone four feet and a half in height, and two feet ten inches in breadth, bearing a rude cross, and having an inscription, which, however, is so much obliterated as to be illegible. There are places of worship for Independents, Calvinistic Methodists, and Wesleyans; a Church day school; and five Sunday schools, one of them in connexion with the Established Church. In the parish are the remains of an extensive encampment called Castell Moyddyn, but no account of its origin has been preserved; and on the farm of Peny-Voel is another, called Pen-y-Gaer. Of Castell Mabwynion, also in the parish, which was allotted by Prince Llewelyn ab Iorwerth, in his partition of the reconquered territories in South Wales, in 1216, to Rhŷs ab Grufydd, there are not any remains, neither is the exact site of it known. There is a tumulus of earth, called Crûg Gôch, on an extensive common here.

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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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  • Coflein, discover the archaeology, historic buildings, monuments and history of Llanarth, Ceredigion
  • Historic Place Names, learn about the field names and house names in the community of Llanarth
  • A Pint of History, read about the history of Ceredigion pub’s, inn’s and local taverns of Llanarth
  • People’s Collection Wales, share your stories, memories and photographs of Llanarth
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