In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Aberdaron like this:
ABERDARON, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Pwllheli, Carnarvon. The village stands in a vale, overhung by lofty cliffs, at the head of a small bay of its own name, near the extremity of the peninsula of Lleyn, 4 miles N of Bardsey Island, and 17 SW of Pwllheli r. station. It is a small sequestered place; but has a post office under Pwllheli, and a fair on 12 Aug. The scenery around it is very grand, and at tracts distant visitors. The distinguished linguist, Rich ard Robert Jones, was a native. ...
The parish comprises 6,903 acres of land, and 175 of water. Real property, £4,574. Pop., 1,266. Houses, 269. The property is not much divided. Bodwrdda, a large, well-constructed mansion, about 250 years old, now a farmhouse, stands about a mile from the village. The fragment of an ancient edifice, called Capel Vair, stands at the end of the peninsula. The scenery here, and at other parts of the coast, is equal in sublimity to some of the most striking parts of the Scottish Hebrides; and a sheer descent of 600 feet to the ocean occurs at Parwyd. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bangor, and includes the vicarage of Llanvaelrhys. Value, £120. Patron, the Bishop of Bangor. The old church is an ancient structure of different styles, with a beautiful Norman door; and was formerly collegiate, and had the privilege of sanctuary; but was, some years ago, abandoned. The new church is a recent tasteless structure. There are three dissenting chapels, and charities £12. The sub district comprehends eight parishes, a chapelry, and Bardsey Isle. Acres, 20,433. Pop., 3,800. Houses, 830.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Aberdaron has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Gwynedd. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Aberdaron and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Aberdaron, in Gwynedd and Caernarvonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th July 2014
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