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Carmarthen Bay, Carmarthenshire

Historical Description

Carmarthen Bay, a large bay of South Wales, on the coast of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Glamorgan. It opens from the Bristol Channel, between Giltar Point and Worms Head, measures 13 miles east-south-eastward across the entrance, makes a somewhat semicircular sweep, with offsets at the Towy and the Burry rivers, and penetrates about 9 miles from the line of entrance to the Towy's mouth. Caldy Island lies at the west side of the entrance, the Cefn-Sidan sandbank spreads over the north-eastern portion, and the ports of Tenby, Saundersfoot, Carmarthen, Pembrey, and Llanelly are on the minor baylets or rivers. Caldy Island forms a natural breakwater, and lights are there and elsewhere to guide the navigation.

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

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Carmarthen Bay are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionSouth Wales