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Aberayron, Cardiganshire

Historical Description

Aberayron, a small seaport town in Cardiganshire. The town stands in the parishes of Henfynyw and Llanddewi-Aberarth, at the mouth of the Ayron river, 16 miles SSW of Aberystwyth, and 13 NW of Lampeter station on the Manchester and Milford railway. It has a small harbour, and a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) It was long a retired village, but has become a market-town and a watering-place. — The views around it are delightful; and the climate is bracing. The parish church of St David's, Llanddewi-Aberarth, about a mile distant, dates from the 13th century. The church of Holy Trinity is a chapel of ease under Hentynyw, and there are Congregational, Calvinistic Methodist, Wesleyan, and Baptist chapels. The living of Llanddewl-Aberarth is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's. A market is held every Wednesday in the town-hall. The chief imports are coal, limestone, timber, and slates. The quarter sessions for the county are held in Jan., April, July, and Oct. A circular camp, called Castell Cadwgan, and believed to have been formed in 1148 by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn, is on the shore. Population of the parish of Henfynyw, with Aberayron, 938.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCardiganshire 
County Court districtAberayron 
DioceseSt. Davids 
HundredLower Ilar 
Petty-Sessional DivisionLower Ilar and Aberayron 
Poor Law unionAberayron 
Registration districtCardiganshire Central1936 - 1974
Rural DeaneryGlyn-Aeron 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Aberayron from 1936 to 1974 you should search for the Cardiganshire Central Registration District.

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cardiganshire is online.

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cardiganshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Aberayron are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers online:

CountySir Ceredigion - Ceredigion
Postal districtSA46
Post TownAberaeron