Ciliau Aeron


"CILIAU-AËRON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of ILAR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 10 1/2 Miles (N. W.) from Lampeter, containing 344 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Aëron by which it is bounded on the north-east, and from which it derives the adjunct to its name. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £5, endowed with £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church. dedicated to St. Michael, is a small edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel. There is a place of worship for Presbyterians. A Sunday school, which is gratuitously superintended, affords the means of instruction to the poor children of the parish. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £62.19."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


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.

  • St Michael's Parish Church, Cilie-Aeron or Killie-Ayron Parish William Hughes MA, Rector

    Parish entry for Llanerchaeron with Ciliau Aeron from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

    • St Non & St Michael (Ciliau Aeron)
    • Incumbent and Curates; J A Davies
    • Rural Deanery of Glyn Aeron
    • Acreage 1,242 & 1,945; Population 399

          St Michael's Church - photograph on Dyfed FHS


              Church Records

              See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

              Parish Register;
              Baptisms 1775-1960. Marriages1806-1969 [Banns 1823-34]. Burials 1775-1991 NLW/Cer.RO
              PR CB 1715-[74 ?] M 1715-73 recorded in 1831 seemingly lost.
              Bishops Transcripts;
              1678-83, 1685-6, 1705, 1711, 1799-1839, 1841, 1843-65, 1867-75 NLW

              See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

              I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

              Nonconformist Chapels;

              Ciliau Aeron Uniterian chapel


                    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 1914 acres; Population 129 males, 173 females, total 302

                        With the kind permission of the publisher, these selected extracts below are taken from "The History of Cardiganshire" by S R Meyrick, 1810, specifically the reprint of the 1907 imprint published by Stephen Collard in July 2000.

                        • "Ciliau Aeron, which literally implies 'the retreats on the Aeron', is the name of a parish lying to the south of Llanychaeron, and contains a handsome park the property of Colonel Lewis."
                        • "The names of the last three incumbents of the parish church were 1760, the Rev. David Davies; - the Rev Jenkin Jenkins ; - and the Rev. John James Jones."

                                Various landscapes  - on the People's Collection Wales site

                                  You can see pictures of Ciliau Aeron which are provided by:



                                  The transcription of the section for Ciliau Aeron from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.


                                  Historical Geography

                                  You can see the administrative areas in which Ciliau Aeron has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



                                  Various items - on the People's Collection Wales site

                                  • A 'flat hearth' at Pontfaen, Ciliau Aeron, Cardiganshire  
                                  •  Ciliau-Aeron Halt, 13 Nov 1963
                                  • The clandestine marriage certificate of Samuel Edwards of the parish of Llanfihangel Ystrad and Margaret Jones of the parish of Cilie Aeron in Ceredigion. The marriage took place a good way away at the parish of Llanfynydd in the deanery of Carmarthen.

                                  Land & Property

                                  Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

                                  • Cilbronnau estate, deeds "Deeds relating to the Cilbronnau estate in the parishes of Llangoedmor and Ciliau Aeron, Cardiganshire, 1553-1731."

                                  Held at the NLW ;

                                  • Deeds donated by Grismond Philipps relating to Cilbronnau and other property in the parishes of Llangoedmor and Ciliau Aeron, Cardiganshire, 1553-1731.
                                  • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
                                    18. Lordship of Mebwynion, 1924 (Ciliau Aeron, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Llanfihangel Ystrad).
                                    19-20. Lordship of Anhuniog, 1925 (Betws Leucu, Cilcennin, Ciliau Aeron, Henfynyw, Llanfair Clydogau).


                                  Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

                                  You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN498579 (Lat/Lon: 52.19874, -4.198494), Ciliau Aeron which are provided by:


                                  Names, Geographical

                                  Places, villages, farms etc within Ciliau Aeron 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)

                                  • Ciliau Aeron (60A - portion of parish in Llan hundred); Afon Aeron; Ciliau Aeron (village); Ciliau-uchaf; Foelallt; Parc-neuadd;
                                  • Ciliau Aeron (60B - portion of parish in Troed-yr-aur hundred); Blaen-canog; Moelfre; Pant-yr-yn; Pen-graig;


                                  Members of Ciliau Aeron YFC, 1950  - on the People's Collection Wales site


                                  Public Records

                                  Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

                                  • Ciliau Aeron Parish Council and Community Council Records 1893-1976