Llanrhidian  Glamorgan


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Llanrhidian like this:

LLANRHIDIAN, a parish, comprising the hamlets L. Lower and L. Higher, in Swansea district, Glamorgan; on the coast of the Gower peninsula, 3 miles SSW of Loughor r. station, and 10 W of Swansea. It includes the chapelry of Penclawdd, which has a postoffice under Swansea; and it has fairs on Palm-Monday, 20 June, and 20 Oct. ...

Acres of L. Lower, 12,958; of which 4,190 are water. Real property, £1,590. Pop., 525. Houses, 111. Acres of L. Higher, 9,106; of which 3,155 are water. Real property, £1,725. Pop., 1,468. Houses, 283. Well preserved remains of Weobley Castle stand on an eminence overlooking the river Burry. Copper ore, limestone, and freestone are worked. Cefn-Bryn ridge commands a rich and extensive panoramic view; and is crowned with the famous cromlech, called Arthur's Stone, and with numerous cairns and Druidical circles. Arthur's Stone figures in the Welsh Triads as ' ' the big stone of Sketty, ''and one of the wonders of Wales; it comp rises a mass of millstone-grit, about 20 tons in weight, with four supporters 5 feet high; and it stands in a hollow, which is nearly filled with rough stones. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Penclawdd, in the diocese of St. David's. Value, £99. Patrons, the Trustees of G. Morgan, Esq. There are two churches.

Llanrhidian through time

Llanrhidian is now part of Swansea district. Click here for graphs and data of how Swansea has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Llanrhidian itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Llanrhidian, in Swansea and Glamorgan | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 15th April 2021

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