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"LAMPETER (LLAN-BEDR) PONT-STEPHEN, a borough, market-town, and parish, partly in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, but chiefly in that of the hundred of MOYTHEN, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 27 Miles (E) from Cardigan, and 203 (W. by N.) from London, containing, with the hamlet of Trêvycoed 1317 inhabitants. The name signifies the church of St. Peter, the distinguishing appellation having been added from the erection of a bridge over the river Teivy, at the distance of about half a mile, as has been vaguely conjectured, by King Stephen, in one of his inroads into Wales......."
[From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]


Business and Commerce Records

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

  • D. Lloyd and Son (Solicitors), records "D. Lloyd and Son was a firm of solicitors in Lampeter, active between 1842 and 1930. ....... acted at various periods as clerks to the Guardians of the Lampeter Poor Law Union, the Lampeter Borough Council, the Lampeter and Llanybydder Rural District Councils, the Lampeter Petty Sessions, the Lampeter Local Government Board and the Lampeter Gas Company"

Held at Ceredigion Archives;

  • C19 and C20 sale posters from the Caxton Hall Press at Lampeter

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 Peters, or in Welsh Llanbedr, corrupted into Lampeter Llewelyn Llewellin, Vicar

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

        • St Peter & Maestir St Mary & Pentrebach St John
        • Incumbent and Curates; D W Thomas (E J Harries)
        • Rural Deanery of Lampeter
        • Acreage 6,353 ; Population 2,174

              St Mary's Church, Maestir, Lampter - photograph on Dyfed FHS

              St Peter's Church, Lampeter - photograph on Dyfed FHS

              Anglican church, Pentrebach - photograph on Dyfed FHS under Llanwnen

              See Chapels database


              Church Records

              See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

              Parish Register;
              Baptisms 1695-1805, 1813-1937, Maestir 1869-85. Marriages 1739-44, 1746-92, 1795-1970 [Banns 1824-57].
              Burials 1695-1805, 1813-1968 NLW/Cer.RO
              Copy manuscripts PR CB 1695-1745 M 1739-44 NLW. CB 1695-1734 Welsh Gazette[1903-5]
              Bishops Transcripts;
              1799-1808, 1811-17, 1823-37, 1839-80 NLW

              See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

              I.G.I; Baptisms 1799-1875

              St Peter's Church, Lampeter. Provided by Stephen Thomas, here is a database of information recorded from headstones in the churchyard by a group of students studying Archaeology at University College of Wales, Lampeter

              The vestry book of the parish of Lampeter for the period 1777-1803. On the NLW's Digital Mirror site

              Nonconformist Chapels; see Chapels database


              Description and 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 or chapelry are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

              • Area 6204 acres; Population 722 males, 766 females, total 1488

                    Places, villages, farms etc within Lampeter 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)

                    • Lampeter (75); Aberystwyth & Carmarthen GWR; Allt-goch; Banc y Moelfre; Berth-lwyd; Blaen-wern; Castell; Cas.(Castell Allt-goch); Cas. (Castell Olwen); College; Dolau gwyrddon; Falcondale; Hendryd; Lampeter Rural; Lampeter Town; Lampeter Urban; Lletty-twppa Wood; Llwyn-cnau; Maestir; Maes-y-pwll; Moelfre; Nant Creuddyn; Nant Gwragedd ?; Olwen; Pentre-bach; Peterwell; Stone Circle; Upper Forest; Warren
                    • Tref-y-coed (76); Dre-fach; Ffynnon-Fair; Nant Gwragedd ?; Neuadd-fawr;

                        The Town of Lampeter site

                        Lampeter Castle - on Castle Wales

                        Lampeter - on WikipediaDescription of the parish of Lampeter from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

                        Description of a hamlet in Lampeter parish from Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833.

                        "TRÊV Y COED, a hamlet forming that part of the parish of LAMPETER which is in the upper division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 3 Miles (W. by S.) from Lampeter, containing 120 inhabitants. This hamlet forms a detached portion of the hundred of Troedyraur, and is situated nearly in the centre of that of Moythen. It lies on the road from Lampeter to Cardigan, and extends to the river Teivy. Neuadd, the neat residence of Thomas Jones, Esq., standing on a well wooded eminence, north of the turnpike road, forms a conspicuous and pleasing object in the approach to Lampeter. Here was formerly a chapel of ease to the mother church, but it has long since been demolished. This hamlet is assessed for the support of the poor with Lampeter, though in a different hundred."


                        Evans, David C Rhydlan Deifi: with Maenor Crug y Whyl and the surrounding district Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society Vol 7 1930 Welsh Journals Online

                        Jones, A. R. T.and Weight Matthews, A. Lampeter ... Illustrated . Aberystwyth, 1905

                        Official guide to Lampeter, Ceredigion, Dyfed. Aberystwyth : 'The Cambrian News', [1985?]

                        Llanbedr Pont Steffan a rhan uchaf Dyffryn Teifi mewn hen luniau . Stroud : Sutton, 1990.

                        Hunt & Co.'s Directory & Topography for the cities of Gloucester & Bristol, and the towns of ...... Aberystwith, ........Lampeter.............. London, 1849

                        Price, M R C. The Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway. Oakwood, 1995

                        Sanders, I J. The borough of Lampeter in the early fourteenth century (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol IV

                        You can see pictures of Lampeter which are provided by:



                        Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are some Extracts relating to Lampeter

                        Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are some Extracts relating to Lampeter



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

                        Ask for a calculation of the distance from Lampeter to another place.

                        Click here for a list of nearby places.



                        Cardiganshire Families

                        Held at Ceredigion Archives;

                        • Notebook of Emily Lloyd 1871. A set of letters to her family written by a Lampeter 10 year old.

                        Books marked * have an entry on the separate 'Review/Contents' page.

                        Edmunds, William. On some old families in the neighbourhood of Lampeter, Cardiganshire. Tenby: R. Mason (1860) pp. 45. 23 cm.

                        *Phillips, Bethan . Peterwell. The history of a mansion and its infamous squire.This is the well-researched history of Sir Herbert Lloyd (1720-1769) and the mansion of Peterwell, also called Ffynnonbedr, that is today a pile of stones just outside Lampeter.Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion : 1997.


                        Historical Geography

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



                        Evans, George Eyre. Lampeter. Aberystwyth : William Jones, 1905.

                        Lewis, W. J. A history of Lampeter . Ceredigion County Council, 1997.

                        Llambed ddoe [Lampeter yesterday]. Llandysul : Gomer, 1994.

                        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 section relating to this parish is on pages 218/24; the last 3 incumbents of the church were the Rev William Williams, Rev Phillips, Rev Eleazer Williams. mentions Peterwell mansion, Mynydd Hywell, & Maes y Felin

                        Sampson, Aylwin. Llanbedr Pont Steffan - Lampeter.

                        Town and parish of Lampeter War memorial Book Lampeter, 1921


                        Land and Property

                        Held at the NLW ;

                        • Derry Ormond. Records of the Derry Ormond estate , near Lampeter, 1621-1927, mainly dating from the late C18 after its acquisition by the family of Jones, later Inglis-Jones.
                        • Records of the Falcondale and Peterwell estates of the Harford family, C18-C19, and of the borough of Lampeter, 1741-1848. Also, records of the estate of Lloyd, later Adams, later Harford, of Peterwell, Lampeter, deeds 1696-1871, estate papers C19-C20.
                        • Glandenys. Deeds relating to the Lampeter and Llandovery areas of Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, 1650-1890, including the Glandenys estate
                        • Cardiganshire Rentals ;
                          18. Lordship of Mebwynion, 1924 (Ciliau Aeron, Dihewyd, Lampeter, Llanfihangel Ystrad).

                        Held at Ceredigion Archives;

                        • Tithe apportionment for Lampeter [ 1839 & 1873]

                        Inglis Jones, Elisabeth Derry - Ormond (NLW's site) Ceredigion Vol II

                        Lloyd-Johnes, Herbert J. A Peterwell sale catalogue of 1781 (NLW's site) Ceredigion Vol 1

                        Phillips. Bethan. Peterwell.



                        Price, M.R.C. The Lampeter, Aberayron and New Quay Light Railway. Oakwood Press: 1995

                        Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

                        Lampeter Workhouse - on Peter Higginbotham's site

                        Plans for a proposed workhouse at Lampeter, 1875 - on the People's Collection Wales site

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

                        • Cardiganshire Board of Guardians Records 1834-1936
                          "Records relating to the Cardiganshire Board of Guardians, including Cardigan Union, 1834-1935; Newcastle Emlyn Union, 1916-1925; Lampeter Union, 1871-1930; Tregaron Union, 1912-1929; Aberayron Union, 1854-1922; and Aberystwyth Union, 1878-1936."

                        Public Records

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

                        • Lampeter Borough Council Records 1879-1974
                        • Lampeter Rural District Council Records 1895-1966

                        Held at the NLW ;

                        • Records from the office of D. Lloyd & Son, Lampeter, solicitors, including general letter-books of the firm, 1853-1920; and letter-books of Lampeter Union 1842-1930; Lampeter Borough Council, 1892-1922; Lampeter and Llanybydder Rural District Councils, 1895-1922.

                        Held at Ceredigion Archives;

                        • Plans of Llandeilo and Lampeter Light railway, sheets 1-7. May 1905.

                        Banks, RW. Notes on records relating to Lampeter and Cardiganshire. Arch Camb, 1878



                        University of Wales, Lampeter

                        University College, Lampeter - on the People's Collection Wales site

                        Archdall, HK. Saint David's College, Lampeter. Province, Vol II

                        Harris, WH. St David's College, Lampeter (NLW's site) Ceredigion, Vol I

                        History of Lampeter Grammar School . Reprinted from the "Welsh Gazette" . Aberystwyth, 1909.

                        Jones, Maurice. St David's College, Lampeter. Llawlyfr Cym. Cered. Llundain, Vol III (1936/7)

                        St. David's College, Lampeter. Its past, present and future. St. David's College: Lampeter, 1952

                        Thomas, John. St David's College, Lampeter - Tradition and Innovation in the design of its first building (NLW's site) Ceredigion Vol X

                        Here is an extract from The Reports of the Commissioners appointed to enquire into the state of Education in Wales. 1847



                        Hanes Llambed (History of Lampeter) - for details of the society see Ceredigion Local History Forum