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Llanilar History

Llanilar history, archaeology and antiquities. Is a small village in Ceredigion, West Wales. Situated between Llanfarian and Lledrod.

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Cardiganshire Fonts - Llanilar
Cardiganshire Fonts – Llanilar

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 Llanilar.

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

  • Castle Hill Sculptured Stone (Moved into Llanilar Church)
  • Gaer Fawr
  • Pant Mawr Hillfort
  • Pen-y-Castell Group

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

LLANILAR (LLAN-ILAR), a parish, consisting of the Upper and Lower divisions, in the union of Aberystwith, Upper division of the hundred of Ilar, county of Cardigan, South Wales, 6 miles (S. S. E.) from Aberystwith; containing 1010 inhabitants, of whom 514 are in the Upper, and 496 in the Lower, division. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is situated on the southern bank of the river Ystwith, and near the high road from Aberystwith to Cardigan. Part of it is hilly, but some of the land is flat and liable to be flooded; the soil is in general shallow and dry, but produces good crops of corn, hay, &c. The scenery is in some parts pleasingly varied, and here are the seats of Birch Grove and Castle Hill. Fairs are held on March 14th, May 13th, July 8th, and November 14th. The living is a discharged vicarage, rated in the king’s books at £6. 13. 4.: patron, the Bishop of St. David’s; impropriator, J. P. B. Chichester, Esq. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £313. 16., and the vicarial for one of £136. 4.: the vicar’s glebe comprises four acres, valued at £8 per annum; and there is a glebe-house. The church, dedicated to St. Hilary, and pleasantly situated on the bank of the river, is a low ancient structure in good repair, with a square massive tower at the west end; the body consists of a nave and chancel, formerly separated by an old carved screen of elegant design, which has been removed. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists. Richard Jones, of St. Clement Danes, London, in 1792 bequeathed £300 Bank annuities, the dividends on which he directed to be paid to a proper person, being a member of the Established Church, for teaching six boys and six girls of the parish English, writing, and arithmetic: the interest, amounting to £9 per annum, is accordingly paid to the master of a Church school here. Of two Sunday schools, one is in connexion with the Church, and the other with the Calvinistic body. Mr. Jones also left the interest of £100 to be given yearly to the poor; and the Rev. Mr. Edwards gave £40, the interest to be distributed among poor tradesmen. The vicar of Marston-upon-Dove, in the county of Derby, in 1761 bequeathed £30; and Jenkin Williams in 1732, and Morgan Parry in 1762, gave £10 each; but these three charities have been lost.

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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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  • A Pint of History, read about the history of Ceredigion pub’s, inn’s and local taverns of Llanilar
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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.

There is a tradition at Llanilar that a young woman got drowned long ago in attempting to cross the river Ystwyth during a flood; and that a short time before the melancholy event took place, people in the neighbourhood had seen a corpse candle hovering up and down the river. According to the Rev. Edmund Jones, the young woman had come from Montgomeryshire to see her friends at Llanilar.”

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

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