"ABERPORTH (ABER-PORTH), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 1/2 miles (N. E.) from Cardigan, containing 485 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated on the shore of Cardigan bay, St. George's channel, and in a small cove near the mouth of the river Howny, forming a commodious, though small port, which is a creek to the port of Cardigan." [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]
There are Memorial Inscriptions produced by Dyfed FHS for the district of Aberporth : [Sant Cynwyl, Blaenannerch, Yr Hen Gapel.]
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
Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
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Colour digital photographic survey of Blaenannerch Chapel (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist) Blaenannerch, consisting of 27 images, by Stephen Hughes, 04/07/2004. - on the People's Collection Wales site
St Cynwyl, Aberporth - photograph on Dyfed FHS
The church (St.Cynwyl's) and village of Aberporth. Issued under the auspices of the Parochial Church Council of St. Cynwyal's Church. Gloucester, 1967.
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 are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;
Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
- Various landscapes
- Beynon St, Aberporth
- Dolwen beach, Aberporth
- West bank, Aberporth
Aberporth - on Wikipedia
Davies, John R. and E. L. Jones, 'Atgofion am Aberporth yn y Tridegau' 2005
Jenkins, David. Aber-porth. A study of a coastal villae in South Cardiganshire.[With plates and maps]
Jones, Gwyn E. Aber-porth revisited; in Folk Life 35.p25-30. 1996-7
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Aber-Porth to another place.
Susan Ellis Berghan's site dedicated to her great-grandfather Captain David Ellis, born in Aberporth in 1829, emigrated c 1847 to the United States.
You can see the administrative areas in which Aber-Porth has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
The Church and village of Aberporth. British Publishing Co., Gloucester, (1967) 24p. [BM X.0808/386]
Davies, John. 'Aberporth Chronicle' 2008
The book Mynegai i Ceredigion [Index to Ceredigion] 1-X, edited by Howells,W.H. 1990, has numerous references under the general heading "Aber-porth ": corn mill, emigration, Hen Gapel, herring industry, ivorites, methodism, nonconformity, offloading cargo on the open beach at, population figures 1801-51, population trend, schools (dissenting school in 1847; salary of a schoolmaster), shipbuilding, shipbuilding trade in the seventeenth century. There are also entries relating to Aber-porth Hoddni, Aber-porth Mutual Ship Insurance Society and Aber-porth Steamship Company Ltd. To take but one example, David Jenkins's 'Cardiff Tramps, Cardi Crews' (Ceredigion x, 405-429) has a sizeable section relating to shipowners from the parish and to the lives of local master mariners.
Galar gan er coffadwriaeth am un ar ddeg o bysgodwyr a foddodd ar gyffiniau Aberteifi pedwar o Landydoch a saith o Aberporth. [Grief in remembering the eleven fishermen who drowned in the vicinity of Aberteifi , four from Landydoch and seven from Aberporth] Publication: S.l. : s.n., Evan Jones : 1815
Jenkins, David ; Jones, Emrys ; Hughes-Jones, T ; Owen, Trefor M. Welsh Rural Communities.[Edited by Davies, Elwyn and Rees, Alwyn]. Cardiff, UWP, 1960.
Edited description of this book from Cardiganshire FHS Journal Vol 2~No 6, Oct 2000. " Four communities are described in this book, two of which are located within our area, namely Aberporth and Tregaron.David Jenkins's study of the South Cardiganshire coastal village of Aberporth illustrates the demographic changes during the period 1801-1931 and analyses the social structure of the village population including education and religion.Agriculture, and the strong connection with the sea and fishing were the main economic activities. Their lives of necessity were governed by the rhythm of the seasons......"
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 brief section relating to this parish is on page 208; the last 2 incumbents of the church were the Rev Mr John Thomas and the Rev Mr Tho Thomas. Mentions Plas Aberporth, and Pennaryssa.
Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site
- Post Office and West St, Aberporth nd
- Bay, beach and rocks in foreground; village in background; numerous individuals on and around the beach. Photographed by John Thomas. c 1885
- Postcard from Aberporth nr Cardigan Circa 1905 (view)
- 1913 Aberporth
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN244507 (Lat/Lon: 52.127083, -4.565978), Aber-Porth which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- OpenStreetMap Cymru (Welsh counties only)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Places, villages, farms etc within Aberporth as shown on the online parish map from the CD of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)
- Aberporth (99); Aberporth (village); Blaenannerch; Careg Wynt; Craig y Filain; Cribach Bay; Ffrwd-wenith; Llwyn-coed; Parc-llyn; Penar; Penar-newydd; Pen Cribach; Pen-yr-allt; Rhos-y-gadair; Tan-yr-Eglwys; Tre-cregyn; Troed-y-rhi
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Aberporth Parish Council Records 1895-1977
- Aberporth Community Council Records 1976-1988
- Cardiganshire Tithe Records 1838-1996 (mainly 1838-1852) "...... These records cover the parishes of Aberporth, Llansantffraed, Llanwenog and Tregaron........"
Parochial Records at the NLW;
- Vestry Minutes & Accounts 1731-1800.
- Churchwardens' and Overseers' Accounts 1796-1952
Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847