"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.] 


Church History

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

  • Aberporth Parish Church       Griffith Evans, Rector; Thomas Rees, Churchwarden

Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Cynwyl
  • Incumbent and Curates; D J Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
  • Acreage 2,253 ; Population 371

See Chapels database

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.  


Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1662-1971. Marriages 1662-1971[Banns 1824-1956].Burials 1662-1929 NLW/Cer.RO
Bishops Transcripts; 1674-6, 1678-81, 1683-6, 1689, 1799-1804, 1806-71, 1874  NLW

Nonconformist chapels;  See Chapels database


Description & Travel

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;

  • Area 2200 acres; Population 218 males, 296 females, total 514

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

You can see pictures of Aber-Porth which are provided by:



The transcription of the section for Aber-porth from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

Description of the parish of Aber-porth from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.



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.



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


Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

Second class map of the parish of Aberporth, Cardiganshire - on the People's Collection Wales site

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN244507 (Lat/Lon: 52.127083, -4.565978), Aber-Porth which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

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

Public Records

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


Cymdeithas Hanes Aberporth Historical Society - for details see Ceredigion Local History Forum

This page has been partly compiled from material previously published in their journal
by kind permission of Cardiganshire Family History Society