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Kelly's Directory

South Wales 1910

The general data below has been extracted by Gareth Hicks (October 2003) with the kind permission of the publishers from the CD of the same title as the main heading. (Archive CD Books)
The general description extracted is a partly  edited version --- the private & commercial resident name lists were extracted by John Ball.


Is a small town and seaport at the mouth of the river Aeron, on the shore of Cardigan bay; it is the head of a union and county court district........ 225 miles from London, 13 north-west from Lampeter railway station, which is the nearest station, 16 south-by-west from Aberystwyth, 22 north-west from Cardigan, 36 north from Carmarthen, 76 north-west from Pembroke and 66 north from Swansea, hundred of Lower Ilar, petty sessional division of Lower Ilar and Aberayron, rural deanery of Glyn-Aeron, archdeaconry of Cardigan and diocese of St David's.

A branch line of the Great Western railway from Lampeter to this town will be opened in 1910. In 1894, under the 'Local Government Act 1894', an Urban District Council was established, the district comprising the civil parishes of Henfynyw Lower and Llanddewi Aberarth Lower.

Holy Trinity, a chapel of ease to St David's, Henfynyw, is a building of stone in the Florid Gothic style.............there are 400 sittings; the chapel is served by the Rev Evan Evans BA of St David's College, Lampeter, vicar of Henfynyw, and rural dean of Glynaeron.

The town hall, in Market street, is a rectangular building of stone and is the property of Alban Gwynne esq; it comprises a court house and council chamber, and a market is held on the ground floor every Wednesday.

A Public Library was established in 1883 and contains 1600 volumes. There is also a Reading Room in Market street.

The principal hotel is the Feathers Royal Hotel, connected with which is a posting business.

Fairs are held on the 14th March, 10th April, 4th May, last Wednesday in July, Last Wednesday in October, 13th November and 20th December.

The chief imports are coal, limestone, manure and timber; there are no exports of any consequence; a pier 396 feet in length was erected in 1809, which has several times since been altered and improved.

Alban Lewes Gwynne esq of Ciliau Aeron, is lord of the manor and owner of the land. The soil is loamy; subsoil gravel. The chief crops are barley, wheat, oats, potatoes and pasturage.

The area of the Urban District is 387 acres; rateable value 2764; the population in 1901 was 1331.

Henfynyw Lower; is a civil parish, formed in 1894, under the provisions of the 'Local Government Act 1894' out of Henfynyw civil parish. The area is 179 acres of land, 2 of inland water, 4 of tidal water and 43 of foreshore; rateable value 1409; population in 1901 was 564.

Llanddewi Aberarth Lower; is a civil parish, formed in 1894................from Llanddewi Aberarth civil parish. The area is 202 acres of land, 4 of inland water and 10 of foreshore; rateable value 1356; population in 1901 was 767 including 5 officials and 22 inmates of the Aberayron workhouse.

Aberayron Union,  comprises the following parishes;- Aberayron, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Cydplwyf, Dihewid, Henfynyw Lower, Henfynyw Upper, Llanarth, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys, Llanddewi-Aberarth Lower, Llanddewi-Aberarth Upper, Llandysilio Gogo, Llanerchaeron, Llanfihangel Ystrad, Llanina, Llanllwchaiarn, Llansaintffraid and New Quay. The population of the union in 1901 was 10,375; area 65,710 acres; rateable value at Michaelmas 1909 34,795.

Post Office; Miss Maggie Davies, postmistress

County Police Station, Alban Square; David Jones, sergeant & 1 constable

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