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Village History

All of this information has been copied and replicated with the full knowledge and permission of the original website author Mr David Williams


A Portrait of a Village

In the Parish of Dyffryn Arth (Llanbadarn Trefeglwys)

In the County of Ceredigion


This map is by courtesy of Multi Media Mapping

This site is dedicated to those villages everywhere, that are so small that when driving through, if you blink, you miss them. It aims to show that they are not as uninteresting as they may appear. On the other hand if you are driving through on a Sunday morning there is always the Car Boot Sale to visit.

This is what Kelly's Directory had to say in about Pennant in 1895.

Llan Badarn Tref Eglwys is a parish and small village called Pennant, on the river Arth, in the county of Cardiganshire, 16 miles west from Tregaron railway station, on Manchester and Milford railway, and 12 miles from Aberystwyth, in the lower Ilar hundred, Aberayron union, Glyn Aeron rural deanery, archdeanery of Cardigan and diocese of St David's.The church of St Padarn is a plain rectangular building of stone and plaster, consisting of nave and turret, with spire, containing one bell. There are a 140 sittings. The register dates from 1719.The soil is heavy; subsoil, slate.
The chief crops are wheat and barley. The area is 6,335 acres of land; rateable value £2,327 and the population in 1891 was 731.

Pennant is a hamlet about a quarter of a mile from the church.
Parish Clerk, James Evans.
Post Office, Pennant - Margaret Davies, sub-postmistress. Letters received through Aberarth
R.S.O. Cardiganshire at 12 noon; dispatched at 12.40 p.m. Nearest M.O. & T.O. at Llanon.
A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1874; J.A. Lloyd, attendance officer.
Board School , Pennant erected in 1870, for 80 children. David Rees, master.

So you can see, we weren't very big then and we are not much bigger now.

I would like to thank the staff at Ceredigion Archives, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, the National Library of Wales and the Land Registry for all the help they have given me. Also, my friend Joan Evans for providing me with so much local knowledge.  The neighbouring village of Aberarth and the de Clare family can be investigated here.

Local Churches can be explored here

The neighbouring village of Llanrhystud can be explored here

Aberystwyth can be investigated here.

Anyone interested in Welsh genealogy should not miss the

Looking 4 Kin Genealogy Links & Chat

UK Genealogy Interests Directory

South/West Wales Lookup Exchange.

Genealogy HQ is an American site that is full of interest on this subject.

For those interested in Wales generally and Welsh history try Wales on the Web

If anyone has any questions or anything that I could add to this site, they can email me here.

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