In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Llannarth like this:
LLANARTH, a parish in Aberayron district, Cardigan; on the rivulet Lethi or Llethy down to the coast; 4¼ miles SSW of Aberayron, and 13 WNW of Lampeter r. station. It has a post office under Carmarthen, and fairs on 12 Jan., 12 March, 17 June, 22 Sept., and the Wednesday after 12 Dec.; and it includes the hamlets of Dre, Fach, Gafriw, Gelli, Goytre, Hir, Llyffannog, Mochros, Talybonllwyd, and Werr. Acres, 15,044; of which 25 are water. Real property, £6,034. Pop. in 1 851,2,337; in 1861,2,216. ...
Houses, 524. The property is divided among a few. Noyadd-Llanarth beLonged formerly to the Gryffiths, and belongs now to Lord Kensington. Wern belonged, in the time of Henry VII., to the Lloyds; and gave entertainment to that monarch, on his way to Bosworth field. Ancient camps are at Pen-y-gaer and Castell-Moeddyn. The living is a vicarage, united with vicarage of Llanina, in the diocese of St. Davids. Value, £120. * Patron, the Bishop of St. Davids. The church consists of nave and chancel, with a massive tower; contains some curious monuments; and was in disrepair in 1866. An inscribed stone, bearing a cross, with four circular holes at the junction of the arms, and associated with a wild legendary story, was in the churchyard, and has been removed into the tower. A school, with capacity for about 120 children, was built in 1859, at a cost of £700; and is surmounted with a bellcott and a spirelet.
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 Llannarth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Ceredigion. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Llannarth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Llannarth, in Ceredigion and Cardiganshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th November 2015
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