"CILIAU-AËRON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 10 1/2 Miles (N. W.) from Lampeter, containing 344 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Aëron by which it is bounded on the north-east, and from which it derives the adjunct to its name. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £5, endowed with £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church. dedicated to St. Michael, is a small edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel. There is a place of worship for Presbyterians. A Sunday school, which is gratuitously superintended, affords the means of instruction to the poor children of the parish. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £62.19."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]
Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by I.G Jones, & D. Williams. UWP, Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants.
St Michael's Parish Church, Cilie-Aeron or Killie-Ayron Parish William Hughes MA, Rector
Parish entry for Llanerchaeron with Ciliau Aeron from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., by Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. UWP, Cardiff, 1976. These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;
Area 1914 acres; Population 129 males, 173 females, total 302
Ciliau Aeron (60A - portion of parish in Llan hundred); Afon Aeron; Ciliau Aeron (village); Ciliau-uchaf; Foelallt; Parc-neuadd;
Ciliau Aeron (60B - portion of parish in Troed-yr-aur hundred); Blaen-canog; Moelfre; Pant-yr-yn; Pen-graig;
With the kind permission of the publisher, these selected extracts below are taken from "The History of Cardiganshire" by S R Meyrick, 1810, specifically the reprint of the 1907 imprint published by Stephen Collard in July 2000.
"Ciliau Aeron, which literally implies 'the retreats on the Aeron', is the name of a parish lying to the south of Llanychaeron, and contains a handsome park the property of Colonel Lewis."
"The names of the last three incumbents of the parish church were 1760, the Rev. David Davies; - the Rev Jenkin Jenkins ; - and the Rev. John James Jones."