|Llechryd History Pictures|
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 Llechryd.
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.
Extract from ‘A Topographical Dictionary of Wales‘ by Samuel Lewis 1833
“LLÊCHRHŶD (LLÊCHRYD), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (S. E.) from Cardigan, containing 392 inhabitants. This place is by some historians supposed to have been the scene of a sanguinary engagement which took place between Rhys ab Tewdwr, sovereign of South Wales, and the three sons of Bleddyn ab Cynvyn who, in a previous insurrection, had compelled that sovereign to seek refuge in Ireland. Rhys returning thence, in 1087, with a powerful army to recover possession of his dominions, landed on the neighbouring coast, and was met at a place called Llêchryd by the sons of Bleddyn, who resolved to give him battle before his army should be increased by the number of his friends who were hastening to join him ; and an obstinate and severe battle was here fought, in which the sons of Bleddyn were totally defeated, and two of them slain on the field. A place of this name in Radnorshire has been generally reputed the scene of this engagement, to which opinion Mr. Jones, the historian of Brecknockshire, has afforded some negative sanction by deriving its name from a stone which may have been raised there to the memory of Riryd, one of Bleddyn’s sons who fell in the encounter. But there are numerous a circumstances which conspire to give the greater degree of probability to the former opinion, among which, the situation of Llêchryd in Cardiganshire, in the direct route of this sovereign’s march through his own territories, where he might reasonably expect the assistance of his friends, in his progress towards the seat of his government at Dynevor or Carmarthen is not the least important, The parish is pleasantly situated on the river Teivy, which is navigable for small vessels to Llêchryd bridge, an ancient structure mantled with ivy, and forming a truly picturesque feature in the scenery of the place. The turnpike road from Cardigan to Newcastle-Emlyn passes through the village, the inhabitants of which derive a considerable profit from the drying of salmon, of which great quantities are taken in the river. An extensive manufactory of tin plates, which was formerly carried on, has for some years been entirely discontinued, and the buildings have been demolished. Llêchryd though now a parish of itself, was formerly only a chapelry in the adjoining parish of Llangoedmore. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David’s, endowed with £1200 royal bounty, and in the alternate patronage of Thomas Lloyd and Charles Richard Longcroft Esqrs. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is an ancient edifice, undistinguished by any interesting details. There are places of worship for Wesleyan Methodists and Presbyterians, the latter is said to have been originally built by Major Wade, an officer under Oliver Cromwell. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £44.19.”
3. External links
- Coflein, discover the archaeology, historic buildings, monuments and history of Llechryd, Ceredigion
- Historic Place Names, learn about the field names and house names in the community of Llechryd
- A Pint of History, read about the history of Ceredigion pub’s, inn’s and local taverns of Llechryd
- People’s Collection Wales, share your stories, memories and photographs of Llechryd
Some ideas to share your Stories below!
Have a memory and your not sure what to write? We have made it easy with some prompts and ideas, just think about this place and the importance its had in your life and ask yourself:
- What are my personal memories of living here?
- How has it developed and shops changed over the years?
- Do you have a story about the beach, community, its people and history?
- Tell us how it feels, seeing photographs and images of this place again?
- Tell us your favourite memories about this place?
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.