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Pigot & Co. South Wales directory for 1830

The information  below relating to St Clears, Laugharne and Neighbourhoods 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)

St Clears, Laugharne & Neighbourhoods

St Clears, or St Clare (so called from its founder Lady Santa Clara, in the sixth century), is now an inconsiderable market and borough town, in the parish of its name, hundred of Derllys, and county of Carmarthen; 229 miles from London, 13 from Narberth, and nine from Carmarthen; situate on the river Tavy, which is navigable for vessels up to 250 tons burthen, and by which means it carries on a trade in agricultural and dairy produce.

It is governed by a portrieve, elected annually by and from the burgesses, who have the right of voting at the election of the county member.

The places of worship are, one church and three dissenting chapels; and the charities comprise a small foundation-school for educating eight children; and a charity school for 60 children, supported by subscriptions; and alms-houses, founded by Lady Drummond (sister to James I), who was buried in the church here. The living is a vicarage, of which Major Phillips is the patron, and the Rev. David Evans the incumbent.

The market days are Tuesday and Friday; and the fairs take place on the 12th of May, 5th of June, and 10th of October, for cattle and swine.

The parish contained, by the last returns, 908 inhabitants.

Laugharne, or Lacharne, commonly called Larne, is a village and township, in the parish of its name about three miles from St Clears, in the same hundred and county as that town; containing in the year 1821, 1953 inhabitants.

Post Office, St Clears, Thomas Rees, Post Master --- Letters from London arrive every morning at two, and are despatched every night at half-past eleven--- Letters from Ireland arrive every night at half-past eleven, and are despatched every morning at two.

Post Office, Laugharne, John Harry, Post Master --- Letters from all parts arrive every morning at ten, and are despatched every afternoon at four.

Gentry and Clergy




Boot & Shoe Makers


Butter & Corn Dealers



Flannel Weavers

Grocers & Drapers




Stone Masons



Tallow Chandlers

Taverns & Public Houses




Conveyance by Water

Coasting Traders

To Bristol, the Mary, Thomas Lewis, from Laugharne, every month

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