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Ciliau Aeron

"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]

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Church History

St Michael's Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS

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
  • see N/C chapels below

Parish entry for  Llanerchaeron with Ciliau Aeron from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Non
  • &
  • St Michael (Ciliau Aeron)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J A Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
  • Acreage 1,242 & 1,945; Population 399

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1775-1960. Marriages1806-1969 [Banns 1823-34]. Burials 1775-1991  NLW/Cer.RO
PR CB 1715-[74 ?] M 1715-73 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost.
Bishops Transcripts;
1678-83, 1685-6, 1705, 1711, 1799-1839, 1841, 1843-65, 1867-75 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

Nonconformist Chapels;

Ciliau Aeron Uniterian chapel

  • Ciliau Aeron Uniterian chapel    SN49845847      Started 1650; built 1755, rebuilt 1899.     Records; for early period to 1755, see old church book of Cilgwyn at NLW         Still in use 1998        
     (The Chapels Recording Project in Wales)   &  ( Rawlins -see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
  • Marriages 1928-64 at NLW      ( Nonconformist Registers of Wales - see Notes on Church/Chapel Records page)
  • Ciliau Unitarian                   Erected c 1750                 John Evans, Deacon, Bont        (1851 census -see above)
  • Photograph on Dyfed FHS

Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, 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

Places, villages, farms etc within Ciliau Aeron   as shown on the online parish map from the CD of  Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

  • 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;

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910

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."
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ciliau Aeron has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Cilbronnau estate, deeds  "Deeds relating to the Cilbronnau estate in the parishes of Llangoedmor and Ciliau Aeron, Cardiganshire, 1553-1731."

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds donated by Grismond Philipps relating to Cilbronnau and other property in the parishes of Llangoedmor and Ciliau Aeron, Cardiganshire, 1553-1731.
  • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
    18. Lordship of Mebwynion, 1924 (Ciliau Aeron, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Llanfihangel Ystrad).
    19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN503583 (Lat/Lon: 52.202511, -4.192052), Ciliau Aeron which are provided by:

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Ciliau Aeron Parish Council and Community Council Records 1893-1976


Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847

[Gareth Hicks:  12 Dec 2012]