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Pigot & Co. South Wales directory for 1830

The information  below relating to Kidwelly is extracted by Gareth Hicks with the kind permission of the publishers from the CD of the same title as the main heading. (Archive CD Books)


Is an ancient borough and hundred town, in the parish of St Mary and county of Carmarthen; 225 miles from London, 23 from Swansea, and nine from Carmarthen; situated on the river Gwendraeth, about half a mile from its junction with the sea in Carmarthen-bay, and about four miles from the port of Pembray, where there are the extensive coal and iron works of the Pembray Coal Company.

The coal from these works is said to be the best for smiths' purposes in the kingdom, and particularly adapted for making iron; great quantities are exported annually to Ireland, Devonshire, Cornwall etc. The quay is convenient and the harbour safe, and vessels of 400 tons burthen can come close up to the wharf. Copper and lead ores are found in the neighbourhood, and in the vicinity of the town are tin-works.

Kidwelly is governed by a mayor, 11 other aldermen, 12 principal burgesses, and a town clerk.

Quarter Sessions are held here for the trial of misdemeanors; a court, wherein debts may be sued for under 200, once a fortnight; & a steward's court, for recovery of debts under 40s., every three weeks.

The places of worship are, the parish church of St Mary (a vicarage, in the gift of the King), and a chapel each for presbyterian, Wesleyan methodist and baptist congregations.

The market, which is entitled to be holden on Friday, is scarcely observed; there is one annual fair, which takes place on 29th October.

The parish contained, by the last returns, 1733 inhabitants.

Post Office, Anne Davies, Post Mistress --- Letters from all parts arrive every morning at half-past eight, and are despatched every afternoon at four.

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