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Llannerch Aeron- Extract from 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' by Samuel Lewis 1833

"LLANYCHAËRON  (LLAN - UWCH- AËRON), a parish in the upper division of the hundred of MOYTHEN, County of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 11 miles (N. W.) from Lampeter, containing 233 inhabitants. The name of this place, signifying " the church above the Aëron," is derived from its situation upon that river, which falls into Cardigan bay, a few miles west-north-westward, at Aberaëron. Its surface is richly wooded, forming an agreeable contrast to the rugged and barren hills of the surrounding district; and the scenery is finely diversified, combining a pleasing variety of fertility and luxuriance. Llanychaëron House, formerly the residence of the family of Parry, and now the seat of Colonel Lewis, is an elegant modern mansion, delightfully situated in the vale of Aëron commanding a fine view of that river, and embosomed in well-wooded grounds, skirted by a small park. The entire lands are in a high state of cultivation ; the meadows afford rich pasturage ; the cottages are neatly and substantially built ; and the whole parish, enlivened by the windings of the river Aëron has a pleasing and prepossessing appearance, scarcely known in other parts of the county. The living is a perpetual curacy, with that of Dihewyd consolidated, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £ 600 royal bounty, and £ 1200 parliamentary grant, and in the alternate patronage of the Earl of Lisburne and Colonel Lewis: the impropriate rectory formerly constituted a prebend in the collegiate church of Llandewy-Brevi, rated in the king's books at £ 3.1.0 1/2. The church, dedicated to St. Non, one of the most distinguished female saints of Wales, and mother of St. David, is a very neat edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, with a tower : it is beautifully situated in a very picturesque spot, and was erected at the joint expense of the inhabitants, and of Colonel Lewis, who built a very neat house for the minister, at his own expense, in a pleasant situation within a short distance of Llanychaëron House. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 120. 3."

[Gareth Hicks: 11 December 1999]