In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Aberffro like this:
ABERFFRAW, a seaport village, and a parish in the district and county of Anglesey. The village stands at the mouth of the Ffraw rivulet, on a creek of Carnarvon bay, 2¾ miles WSW of Bodorgan r. station, and 12 SE of Holyhead. It has a post office under Bangor, and an inn. It was formerly a market town; and it still has fairs on 7 March, the Tuesday before Easter, the Wednesday after Trinity, 15 Aug., and 11 Dec. ...
It is now a poor place, inhabited chiefly by fishermen and farm laborurers; but it anciently, for four centuries, till the death of Llewelyn-ap-Griffith, was a capital of the princes of Wales. No remains of the palace exist; but a garden, at the S end of the village, still bears the name of Gardd-y-Llys or "palace-garden." The eisteddfodds, or assemblies of the bards, were anciently held here; and a spirited commemorative one was held in 1849. The parish comprises 6,114 acres of land, and 138 of water; and it contains eight tythings. Real property, £5,044. Pop., 1,238. Houses, 274. The property is not much divided. A lake, called Llyn Coron, about 2 miles in circumference, lies a little east of the village, and is much frequented by anglers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bangor. Value, £888.* Patron, the Prince of Wales. The old church contains a very interesting doorway of the 12th century, and is in good condition. There are four dissenting chapels, and charities £24.
Aberffro is now part of the Isle of Anglesey district. Click here for graphs and data of how the Isle of Anglesey has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Aberffro itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Aberffro in The the Isle of Anglesey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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