The information below relating to Llanelli and neighbourhood was 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)
Llanelly and neighbourhood
Llanelly is a flourishing and a respectable market and borough town, in the hundred of Carnwallan and county of Carmarthen; 217 miles from London, 15 from Carmarthen, 13 from Swansea, and 9 from Kidwelly; situated on a port or creek of the Bristol Channel, and where the custom house for the county of Carmarthen is established.
Of late years this town has greatly increased in importance, in trade, and in population --- and the improvement in its appearance has kept pace with its prosperity; many old and unsightly habitations have been removed, and new ones erected on their site, with ranges of handsome shops; a new and convenient market-house has also been built, which is well attended on the market days.
The town is governed by a portrieve and an unlimited number of burgesses, to whom valuable estates belong, the rental of which is directed by act of parliament to be expended in improving the town and port; nor have those with such funds at their disposal been negligent in applying them to the purpose intended.
Llanelly has long been noted for the excellent quality of its bituminous or binding coal, stone-coal, culm, and fire-clay; this has induced wealthy and spirited individuals to establish copper, iron, lead and fire-brick works, upon most extensive scales; and the copper smelting-works of Messrs Daniell and Co., and the Messrs Shears employ a great number of hands. The several important establishments are the source from which the present flourishing trade of the port is derived; to accomodate which, three commodious docks have been formed, furnished with convenient loading stages, and the copper-works dock has a wet-dock, sunk to the depth of 12 feet at the lowest neap tides.
The Railway Company's dock is considered one of the best graving-docks in the Principality; from one end of it, a breakwater stretches out, of great extent, which enables vessels to ride in perfect safety. Each of these docks has a reservoir, of great capacity, for cleansing the harbour and channel. A steam-tug is actively employed in towing vessels and lighters into the harbour.
There are two very good Inns here, well deserving the patronage of the traveller visiting this town; they are the 'Falcon' and the 'Thomas's' Arms.
The church, which is situated in the centre of the town, and is an ancient and irregular pile, has lately been furnished with a new set of bells.
The market, which is a well supplied one with all necessary commodities for domestic consumption, is held on Thursday; and the two annual fairs take place on Ascension Thursday and the 30th of September.
The parish of Llanelly comprises the hamlets of Berwick, Borough, Glyn, Hengoed, and Westoac; the which collectively contained, according to the returns of the parliamentary commissioners in the year 1821, 5649 inhabitants.
Post Office, John Morgan, Post Master.--- Letters from all parts arrive every morning at six and are despateched every evening at seven.
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