Llangeitho History

Llangeitho history archaeology and antiquities. Is a village in Ceredigion, West Wales. Situated between Talsarn and Tregaron.

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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 Llangeitho.

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

Scheduled Monuments in Llangeitho, Ceredigion.
Scheduled monuments (also known as scheduled ancient monuments, or SAMs) are sites of archaeological importance with specific legal protection against damage or development.

  • Tre-Coll Hillfort

Extract from ‘A Topographical Dictionary of Wales‘ by Samuel Lewis 1849

LLANGEITHO (LLAN-GEITHO), a parish, in the union of Trêgaron, Lower division of the hundred of Penarth, county of Cardigan, South Wales, 8 miles (N. by E.) from Lampeter; containing 431 inhabitants. This parish is bounded by the river Aëron, and comprehends some richly diversified scenery. It comprises an area of about 3000 acres, of which two-thirds are arable, and the remainder pasture, with about 100 acres of woodland, producing chiefly oak and ash. The lands are inclosed, the soil is fertile and productive, and most of the farmers are owners of the grounds they cultivate; the principal agricultural produce is barley and oats. In the parish are the old mansions of Court Mawr, and Parkea, the latter the residence of an ancient family, but the former at present in the occupation of a farmer. The village of Llangeitho, situated within an adjoining parish, is sheltered nearly on all sides by hills of varied aspect, whose declivities and summits are in some parts clothed with wood of luxuriant growth, and in others covered with verdure: that part of it which is not shut in by the surrounding hills, commands a fine prospect of the Vale of Aëron. Fairs are held on March 14th, May 7th, August 4th, October 9th, and the first Monday after November 12th.

The living is a discharged rectory, rated in the king’s books at £6, and endowed with £200 royal bounty; patron, the Bishop of St. David’s: the tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £115, and there is a glebe of above twenty acres, valued at £20 per annum; also a glebe-house. The church, dedicated to St. Ceitho, and rebuilt in the year 1819, is a neat edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, and romantically situated on an isolated and richly wooded spot, separated from the village by the river Aëron; it is appropriately fitted up, but not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. A Church school has been recently built on the glebe land, near the church; and there are two Sunday schools in the parish, one of which is in connexion with the Church. The Rev. Daniel Rowlands was for some years rector of the parish, and was greatly esteemed as a popular preacher; but, from teaching particular tenets, he was suspended from the exercise of his pastoral functions, and became the founder of a body, first called after him “Rowlandists,” but now Calvinistic Methodists. He died on the 10th of October, 1790, aged seventy-seven, and was interred in the churchyard of the parish: a plain stone monument to his memory is affixed to the wall of the church, on the outside. In 1777, £600 were granted, it is believed by Mary Griffiths of the parish of Talley, with which a farm of 133 acres, named Gellyddewi, in the parish of Pencarreg, was purchased, for relieving distress among the Calvinistic Methodists of this parish, and Talley, Llansawel, Cayo, and Llanvynydd; and for promoting education. The income amounts to £50 a year, and is applied to the relief of the poor of the Calvinistic body: the portion received by this place is generally about £15 or £20 a year, but no sum is fixed, as the income is divided according to the number requiring relief in each place named in the deed of endowment. The society of Calvinistic Methodists at Llangeitho formerly had a place of worship in that parish, but subsequently to the date of the endowment, a new meeting-house was built in the village of Llangeitho, in the adjoining parish of Llandewy-Brevi; a large congregation attends this meeting-house from Llangeitho and several other parishes, and the poorer members of it are considered admissible to the benefit of the charity.

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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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Maureen Anderson
Maureen Anderson
3 years ago

I had become interested in tracing my ancestry and wanted to see where my grandfather was born.

C. Green
C. Green
2 years ago

Among the most important of the superstitions of Wales are the death portents and omens; and this is perhaps more or less true of every country. About a generation or two ago, there were to be found almost in every parish some old people who could tell before hand when a death was going to lake place; and even in the present day we hear of an old man or an old woman, here and there, possessing, or supposed to possess, an insight of this kind into the future.

Like every other apparition a “toili” is supposed to be seen in the night time only; but according to the late Mr. Lledrod Davies, people working at the harvest near Llangeitho many years ago, saw a “toili” at mid-day in the churchyard of Llanbadarn Odwyn; and a funeral took place soon afterwards.

The following story of a phantom funeral in the day-time was related to me by an old woman in Pembrokeshire, a farmer’s wife in the Parish of Llanycefn:—

An old man named John Salmon saw an apparition of a funeral in the day-time, and he even recognised most of those who were in the procession, but was surprised to find that the minister was not amongst them.

A few days after this the funeral took place, and the minister was prevented from being present as he had been called away from home at the time.

Sometimes a “Toili” is heard without being seen.

An old woman who lived in a little cottage at Dihewid, in Cardiganshire, forty-five years ago, heard every phantom funeral that passed her house; she could tell even the number of horses in the apparition.

An old woman who only a few years ago lived close to Llanafan Churchyard, in the same County, heard from her bed one night the Vicar’s voice, the Rev. W. J. Williams, reading the burial service quite distinctly, and soon after a funeral took place.

The Vicar was informed of this by the old woman herself.”

From ‘Folk-Lore of West and Mid-Wales’ by J. Ceredig Davies (1911).

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