In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Caron Uwch Clawdd like this:
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.
Caron Uwch Clawdd is now part of Ceredigion district. Click here for graphs and data of how Ceredigion has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Caron Uwch Clawdd itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Caron Uwch Clawdd, in Ceredigion and Cardiganshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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