Lledrod History

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

Lledrod 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 Lledrod.

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

  • Pantcamddwr Ring Cairn
  • Ty’n-yr-Eithin Round Cairn

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

LLANVIHANGEL-LLEDROD (LLAN-VIHANGEL LLETHRY TROED), a parish in the Upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (S. E.) from Aberystwith, comprising the townships of Lledrod Isâv and Lledrod Uchâv each of which supports its own poor, and containing 1213 inhabitants, of which number, 732 are in a Lledrod Isâv and 481 in Lledrod Uchâv. This parish derives its name from the dedication of its church to St. Michael, and its distinguishing appellation from its situation at the foot of a declivity on which it is built. It extends for nearly seven miles in length, and three miles in breadth, forming a part of the lordship of Mevenydd which belongs to the crown, and contains a large tract of land, of which the greater portion is enclosed and cultivated : a considerable part of the surface is hilly, affording pasturage to sheep on the declivities, and having on the summits numerous carneddau. The surrounding scenery, though in some parts pleasingly varied, is generally bold and striking; and from the higher grounds are some extensive views of the adjacent country : there are a few ornamental residences scattered over the district. The parish constitutes a prebend in the collegiate church of Brecknock, rated in the king’s books at £6.13.4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David’s. An annual fair is held in the village on the 7th of October : the inhabitants of part of the parish receive their letters from the post-office of Lampeter, within the delivery of which it is included, though the church is fifteen miles distant from that place. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David’s, endowed with £10 per annum and £200 private benefaction, £600 royal bounty, and £900 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Rev. John Phelix, the present incumbent. The church is a small plain building, consisting only of a nave, and has recently received an addition of two hundred and eighty free sittings, towards the erection of which the Incorporated Society for the enlargement of churches and chapels have contributed £150. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists. The free grammar school, originally founded by the Rev. Thomas Oliver, a native of this parish, and at the time of his decease vicar of Dudley, in the county of Worcester, who endowed it with land now producing £120 per annum, for the gratuitous education of an unlimited number of boys of this parish, is at present united with the school at Ystrad Meiric. The Rev. Evan Evans, an eminent divine, poet, and antiquary, who displayed an early attachment to Welsh poetry and literature, of which he compiled from ancient manuscripts nearly a hundred volumes, was interred in the churchyard of this parish, where a small rough unhewn stone denotes his grave: he was born at Cynhawdrêv in this county, in 1730, and, after a long course of professional duty as curate of several parishes, without obtaining any preferment in the church, and an unwearied and unprofitable devotion to the cultivation of literature, died in obscurity at his brother’s house, in the fifty-eighth year of his age. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor of the entire parish is £274, of which sum, £156.4. is assessed on Lledrod Uchâv and £117.16. on Lledrod Isâv.

LLEDROD ISÂV (LLETHR Y TROED), a township in the parish of LLANVIHANGEL LLEDROD, upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 9 Miles (S. S. E.) from Aberystwith, containing 732 inhabitants. The small river Wyra passes through it, and falls into the sea at Llanrhystid. There is a separate assessment for the maintenance of the poor, the average annual expenditure being £117.16.”

LLEDROD UCHÂV (LLETHR Y TROED), a town-ship in the parish of LLANVIHANGEL LLEDROD, upper division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (S. E.) from Aberystwith, containing 481 inhabitants. The parochial church stands at the foot of the western declivity of a high and dreary common, and near the source of a small rivulet called the Wyra. Several tumuli are observable on the adjacent hills ; and there is a chalybeate spring, formerly much regarded for its sanatory properties. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £156.4.

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2. Map

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  • Coflein, discover the archaeology, historic buildings, monuments and history of Lledrod, Ceredigion
  • Historic Place Names, learn about the field names and house names in the community of Lledrod
  • A Pint of History, read about the history of Ceredigion pub’s, inn’s and local taverns of Lledrod
  • People’s Collection Wales, share your stories, memories and photographs of Lledrod
  • GenUKI, lots of useful information relating to Lledrod churches, cemeteries, schools, emigration, immigration and genealogy

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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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3 years ago

My first look at this site. Interested in Lledrod area at present as am tracing ancestors.
Very interesting site, will have a further look.

C. Green
C. Green
2 years ago

In many of the Welsh Ghost Stories, the spirit or ghost was supposed to have been none other than the evil one himself.

The visible appearance of his satanic majesty was quite as common in Wales as in other countries, though, strange to say, he is often depicted as an inferior in cunning and intellect to a shrewd old woman, or a bright-witted Welshman, as the following two curious stories show:

Rhosygarth, between Llanilar and Lledrod, was a well-known haunted spot in former times. This demon often appeared on the road to travellers late at night in the form of a calf, but with a head much like that of a dog. Many years ago, Mr. Hughes, of Pantyddafad, was going home one night on horseback; but just as he was passing Rhosygarth, the ghost appeared, and passed across the road right in front of the horse. My informant, Thomas Jones, Pontrhydfendigaid, was a servant at Pantyddafad, heard the old gentleman often speaking about the ghost he had seen at Rhosygarth, and that Mr. Hughes was great-grand-father to Dr. Hughes, of Cwitycadno, Llanilar. Mr. Jones also added that he knew a young man who always laughed when people talked about seeing ghosts; but one night, a man (as he at first thought), followed him for about a mile, and after coming close to him, vanished into nothing. The young man nearly fainted, and after this never doubted the reality of the world of spirits.”

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

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.

About sixty years ago, the mother of one David Hughes, Cwmllechwedd, was one day standing outside the house, when all of a sudden, she heard the sound of singing. She recognised the voice of the singer as the voice of the Curate of Lledrod, but when she looked round she could see no one anywhere. The maid servants also heard the same sound of singing.

Twelve months after this her son, David Hughes, a young man of 22 years of age died, and on the day of the funeral, the Curate of Lledrod, standing near the door, gave out a hymn, and conducted the singing himself, just as the funeral was leaving the house.

My informant was Thomas Jones, Pontrhydfendigaid.”

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

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