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LLANRHIDIAN

In 1868, the parish of Llanrhidian contained the following places:

"LLANRHIDIAN, a parish in the hundred of Swansea, county Glamorgan, 10 miles W. of Swansea, its post town, and 7 from Lloughor. It is situated in the vicinity of the river Burry, and includes the townships of Killibion, Penclawd, and Waterstone. Here are collieries, copper and iron mines, and limestone and freestone quarries, in which the people are employed. On an eminence overlooking the Burry stand the ruins of Weobly Castle. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. David's, value with the curacy of Penclawd annexed, £99. The church is dedicated to St. Illtyd. There is a chapel-of-ease at Penclawd. In this parish is Arthur's Stone, a huge mass of rock, weighing about 20 tons, raised upon supporters about 5 feet in height, and beneath there is a well, which ebbs and flows with the tide. A fair is held on Palm Monday."

"KILLIBION, a hamlet in the parish of Llanrhidian, county Glamorgan, 3 miles S. of Castell Llwchwr."

"PENCLAWDD, a district parish in the parish of Llanrhidian, hundred of Swansea, county Glamorgan, 10 miles W. of Swansea. It is situated near the river Burry in Gower. The living is a perpetual curacy with Llanrhidian."

"WALTERSTONE, a hamlet in the parish of Llanrhidian, county Glamorgan, 10 miles S.W. of Swansea. It was founded by Henry I.'s chaplain, Walter de Mapes, who translated the "British Chronicle" into Latin."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2018