"TROEDYRAUR (TROED-YR-AUR), a parish composed of the Upper and Lower divisions, in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N.N. E.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 1064 inhabitants, of which number, 603 are in the Upper, and 461 in the Lower, division. The ancient name of this place was Llanvihangel Trêv-Deyrn and was derived from the dedication of its church to St. Michael, and from its having been the residence of some royal personage, perhaps a prince of Ceredigion. Its present name of Troedyraur signifying " the foot of gold," originated in an opinion that gold was formerly procured at the foot of the eminence on which the church is situated...."
[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
Troedyraur Parish Church "The church has been taken down for the sake of rebuilding it since last May. The new church is not yet finished , so I can not say how many sittings it will contain" H L Davies, Curate
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 or chapelry are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;
Area 4660 acres; Population 466 males, 554 females, total 1020
Davies, S. Gwilly. Dyffryn Troed-yr-aur ; gan gynnwys ardal Rhydlewis a'r cyffiniau ar lannau afon Ceri yng ngodre Ceredigion . 1976
Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush.(1783-1848) The History and Antiquities of the county of Cardigan. Collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. Longman: London ,1810. The history and antiquities of the County of Cardigan ... to which are now added a parliamentary history, list of High Sheriffs, some notes on the present county families, &c., &c. repr. Brecon: 1907. This 1907 print has now been reprinted. The section relating to this parish is on pages 203/4; the church is a rectory, the last 2 incumbents were Rev Mr Tudor Brigstocke and Rev Mr Tho Bowen. Also mention of Gwernant, Troedyrawr, and Pant Rodyn.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN327454 (Lat/Lon: 52.081574, -4.443007), Troed-yr-aur which are provided by:
Davies, Dan / Hughes, William. Atgofion Dau Grefftwr. Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion, 1963. Welsh text. Reminiscences of two craftsmen--A Rhydlewis tailor and a carpenter from Hafod. One of a series of 8 Cardiganshire reminiscences. There is an index to 'Atgofion Teilwr Rhydlewis' on the Ceredigion Library site
Jenkins, David. The Agricultural Community in South-West Wales at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Univ.Wales Press: 1971.
An edited description of this book from Cardiganshire FHS Journal Vol 2~No 6, Oct 2000. ; " Despite the title, a significant amount of the content concentrates on a limited geographical area, centred around Troedyraur in South Cardiganshire. It describes how the rural society came to terms with the increased use of mechanisation, and how these changes affected the way the people associated with one another in their leisure and their worship. Farm practice and social structure are described along with the relationship with the gentry.Cottage and farmhouse layouts as well as household organisation are illustrated, together with social customs and religious activity."