Ceredigion Historical Society
New Quay Historic Mapping - OS Six Inch, 1888-1913, Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

New Quay History

New Quay and its archaeology, antiquities and history, is a seaside town in Ceredigion (formerly Cardiganshire), West Wales. Situated on the Cardigan Bay coastline, between Aberaeron and Cardigan. Follow the B4342 road to the small village of Llanarth and the A486 to Synod Inn.

What county is New Quay in?

New Quay is a seaside town, community and electoral ward in Ceredigion, Wales.

What is the population of New Quay?

The population of New Quay was 1,2000 in 2001, reducing to 1,082 in the 2011 census.

How far is Aberaeron from New Quay?

The distance between Aberaeron and New Quay by road is 7.5 miles.

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History of New Quay
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Newquay Fishing Harbour
County: Ceredigion
Community: New Quay
Traditional County: Cardiganshire
Map Reference SN35NE
Grid Reference SN3882359953
Medieval Parish
Cantref: Is Aeron
Commote: Caerwedros
Ecclesiastical Parish: 
New Quay, Acres: 307.098
Parish Hundred: Troedyraur
Electoral Ward:
New Quay
Listed Buildings: New Quay
Scheduled Monuments: New Quay

Since 1909 the Ceredigion Historical Society has published articles written about the archaeology, antiquities and history of Ceredigion, many of the articles are about New Quay history.

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. Local History

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2. Journal Index

  • New Quay
    • bakers, x:308
    • baptists, iv:124
    • Bethel Chapel, x:311-12,321,322
    • blacksmiths, vi:100; x:313-14
    • blockmakers, x:311
    • brass band, vii:291
    • carpenters, x:312-13
    • census, 1851, x:301-27
    • church, vii:273; x:322
    • dressmakers, x:307-0S
    • education, x:302-03,324
    • emigration
      • see New Quay : ymfudo
    • fishermen, x:312
    • fishing, vii:273
    • foundry, vii:291
    • harbour, iv:328
    • Harbour Act, iv:119; vii:274
    • Harbour Company, vii:274
    • harbour dues, vii:293
    • herring fishing, vi:121,202
    • High Terrace, x:326
    • iforiaid, iii:28
    • independents, iv:121
    • ivorites
      • see iforiaid
    • labourers, x:317-19
    • map, ii:268
    • mariners, x:304-07
    • Mason Square, x:315
    • Mason’s Row, x:315
    • masons, x:315
    • merchants, x:320
    • nailers, x:311-12
    • patent slip, vii:297
    • Pengeulan, x:326
    • Pentre Siswrn, x:315
    • Picton Terrace, x:326
    • pier, vii:273-4,288,291; x:371
    • public houses, x:325
    • ropemaker, x:316
    • ropewalks, vii:291
    • sailmaking, vii:291
    • schools, vi:64,85,87
      • British school, x:324
      • curriculum, ii:155
      • grammar school, vii:296; viii:59
      • intermediate school (proposed), viii:53
      • Misses Barrett, x:322-3
      • Private School (Brongwyn Street), x:324
      • tutorial school, vii:296
    • shipbuilding, vii:273-306; viii:305,306; x:310-11,408
    • shoemakers, x:317
    • smithies, vii:290-1
    • smugglers, v:61
      • salt, vii:59
    • Tabernacle, x:321
    • tailors, x:315
    • tramway, vii:275
    • weavers, x:316
    • widows, x:306-10
    • woollen mill, vi:111
    • ymfudo, ii:167
  • New Quay Hotel, vii:290,291
  • New Quay Mutual Protection Club, iv:169
  • New Quay Mutual Ship Insurance Society, vii:293
  • New Quay Urban District Council, iv:280

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3. Illustrations and Old Pictures


  • New Quay, 1870, facing vii:287 pl. 8
  • New Quay, Cottages of Pengeulan, c1880, facing x:325 pl. 20
  • New Quay, A thatched cottage, facing x:324 pl. 19
  • New Quay, Women carders and spinners, facing x:324 pl. 18

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4. Schools and Education


  • education, x:302-03,324
  • schools, vi:64,85,87
    • British school, x:324
    • curriculum, ii:155
    • grammar school, vii:296; viii:59
    • intermediate school (proposed), viii:53
    • Misses Barrett, x:322-3
    • Private School (Brongwyn Street), x:324
    • tutorial school, vii:296

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5. Industry and Trades


  • bakers, x:308
  • blacksmiths, vi:100; x:313-14
  • blockmakers, x:311
  • carpenters, x:312-13
  • dressmakers, x:307-0S
  • foundry, vii:291
  • labourers, x:317-19
  • merchants, x:320
  • nailers,x:311-12
  • patent slip, vii:297
  • shoemakers, x:317
  • smithies, vii:290-1
  • tailors, x:315
  • tramway, vii:275
  • weavers, x:316
  • woollen mill, vi:111

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6. Street Names


  • High Terrace, x:326
  • Mason Square, x:315
  • Mason’s Row, x:315
  • Picton Terrace, x:326

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7. Ships, Shipbuilding and Martime History


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New Quay Pier
  • fishermen, x:312
  • fishing, vii:273
  • harbour, iv:328
  • Harbour Act, iv:119; vii:274
  • Harbour Company, vii:274
  • harbour dues, vii:293
  • herring fishing, vi:121,202
  • mariners, x:304-07
  • ropemaker, x:316
  • ropewalks, vii:291
  • sailmaking, vii:291
  • shipbuilding, vii:273-306; viii:305,306; x:310-11,408
  • smugglers, v:61
    • salt, vii:59
  • New Quay Mutual Ship Insurance Society, vii:293

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8. Churches, Chapels and Religion


  • church, vii:273; x:322
  • baptists, iv:124
  • Bethel Chapel, x:311-12,321,322
  • independents, iv:121
  • Tabernacle, x:321

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9. Location Map


View Larger Map of New Quay

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10. A Topographical Dictionary of Wales


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

NEW-QUAY, a sea-port, in the parish of Llanllwchaiarn, union of Aberaëron, hundred of Moythen, county of Cardigan, South Wales, 15 miles (N. W. by W.) from Lampeter: the population is included in the return for the parish. This place is advantageously situated on the shore of Cardigan bay, and affords good anchorage to vessels of 500 tons: the depth of water is from two to six fathoms. The haven is securely sheltered from the westerly winds, and, if improved to the extent of which it is susceptible, might be made an excellent harbour of refuge. The pier, at least, might be enlarged, for which purpose a subscription was opened with success; but the attempt has been hitherto frustrated by the want of a sufficient title to the land, which would be requisite to carry that object into effect. In 1835 an act was obtained for making a road from this place to Aberaëron; and in November 1847 a treasury warrant was issued for transferring this creek and Aberaëron from the port of Cardigan to that of Aberystwith. There are sixty schooners and thirty smaller vessels belonging to New-Quay, averaging from 20 to 200 tons’ burthen, and employing about 390 men. Ship-building is extensively carried on, and very fine stone is worked in the vicinity. Fish of very superior quality are found in abundance on this part of the coast: soles, turbot, and oysters, are taken in great numbers during the season; and a good herring-fishery might also be established with advantage. The village is of considerable size, and is inhabited chiefly by persons connected with the business of the port: comfortable lodgings are provided for visitors, who resort to the place in summer for the benefit of sea-bathing. A fair is held on November 12th.—See Llanllwchaiarn.

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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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12. References


  1. New Quay map (Header): Reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC-SA) licence with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
  2. View: New Quay Historic Mapping

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  • New Quay coastal village website
  • Coflein, discover the archaeology, historic buildings, monuments and history of New Quay, Ceredigion
  • Historic Place Names, learn about the field names and house names in the community of New Quay
  • A Pint of History, read about the history of Ceredigion pub’s, inn’s and local taverns of New Quay
  • People’s Collection Wales, share your stories, memories and photographs of New Quay
See:
Index | Towns in Ceredigion | Villages in Ceredigion | Historic Sites in Ceredigion | Ceredigion Listed Buildings | Ceredigion Scheduled Monuments | Ceredigion Parks and Gardens | Research Organisations

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