Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for CARON-UWCH-CLAWDD, or Strata-florida

CARON-UWCH-CLAWDD, or Strata-florida, a township-chapelry in Caron-ys-Clawdd parish, Cardigan; on the Sarn Helen way and the river Teifi, 4 miles NNE of Tregaron r. station, and 22½ N by W of Llandovery. It includes the village of Rhydfendigaed; and its Post Town is Tregaron, under Carmarthen. Rated property, £368. Pop., 868. Houses, 181. The property is divided among a few. The surface consists of mountains, intersected by narrow vales. A Cistertian Abbey, often called Ystrad-Flwr Abbey, was founded here, in 1164, by Rhys-ap-Gryfydd, prince of South Wales; burnt down in the wars of Edward I.; restored afterwards to more than its original splendour; and given, at the dissolution, to the Stedmans. It was the repository of the national records from 1156 till 1270, and the scene of a grand assembly of lords and barons in 1238; and was the burialplace of many of the Cambrian princes. It stood on the Teifi, overshadowed by mountains; and was alike secluded and magnificent; but almost the only part of it now remaining is a very beautiful Norman arch, which formed the west entrance to its church. An older but small monastic house stood two miles to the south, at a spot still showing ancient foundations, and called LlanMonachlog, "the old monastery." The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. Davids. Value, £80. Patron, W. E. Powell, Esq. The church is a small mean structure within the precincts of the Abbey. There is a Calvinistic Methodist chapel.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a township-chapelry"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 4th order divisions")
Administrative units: Caron Is Clawdd AP/CP       Cardiganshire AncC
Place: Caron Uwch Clawdd

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