In 2016, Society member Andrew Williams gave us a very interesting talk about the “History of motoring in Ceredigion” based on his transcribing work of all the Cardiganshire vehicle registration books, that is all registrations beginning with “EJ”.

Andrew also created a database to look up vehicle registrations and owners and that is now live on the Ceredigion Archives website at for us all to use. 

Local Museums and places of interest

Rock Mill - working water powered woollen mill

National Wool Museum

West Wales Museum of Childhood

Teifi Valley Railway

The Internal Fire Museum of Power


Research and interest

Ceredigion County Museum

Ceredigion Archives

Ceredigion Local History Forum

A Pint of History

Cardiganshire Vehicle Registrations


Carmarthenshire County Museum

Carmarthen Archives

Stori Fawr Dre-fach Felindre - local history of Dre-fach Felindre


National Library of Wales

Welsh Newspapers Online

Welsh Journals

People's Collection Wales

Cynefin - digitised Tithe Maps of Wales

Historic Wales

Coflien - The online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales

Battle Fields in Wales

List of Historic Place Names - NB website still being developed (23/02/17)

Story of Nonconformity in Wales

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Lle: A Geo Portal for Wales - access to LIDAR data

Britain from Above


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In early 2014, the Society developed three interpretation boards for Llandysul Community Council which have been place along the path in the park.  This is the text from the boards:


llandysul history board 2Llandysul grew up around the original Christian community founded by St. Tysul in the 6th Century. He was the cousin of St David, our Patron Saint, and the grandson of the founder of Ceredigion, Ceredig. The present church was built in the 12th century on the foundation of St. Tysul’s sanctuary.  A number of prehistoric sites are found in the area, such as the Iron Age hill fort at Pencoedfoel (SN 424427) and farm site excavated during the building of the new Gomer Press building (northern end of the bypass). This indicates that the area has been settled and farmed since the Neolithic period (4,000-2,500 BC).

The mother of celebrated national hero, Owain Glyndŵr, was Princess of South Wales and her family home was around Llandysul.  In addition to the Church in Wales, there are at present three places of worship in the village - Graig Unitarian Chapel, Seion Congregational Chapel and Penybont Baptist Chapel, the latter being situated in Pont-Tyweli. The Ebenezer Baptist Chapel in Lincoln St and the Wesleyan and Calvinistic Methodist Chapels, closed down many years ago; the defunct Wesleyan Chapel became the home of Ieuenctid Tysul Youth.

Education has always been a high priority in Llandysul, evidenced by the number of schools run in private houses before the opening of the Board School in 1838 on Sunny Hill. A new Board School (known as Ysgol Uchaf) was built in 1896 and became the home of Telynau Teifi, The Harp Centre of Wales in 2005. The National School (known as Ysgol Isaf) was opened in 1851 and now houses the Library. In 1860, the Rev. William Thomas (known as Gwilym Marles, and Dylan Thomas’ great Uncle) began the Grammar School. As pupil numbers increased he moved to Myfyrgell on Seion Hill. A larger Grammar School was built by public subscription and opened in 1895. This later became Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi. 

The Memorial Park was opened following World War I and is dedicated to all who served from the area.

Since 1988, Llandysul has been twinned with Plogonnec, Brittany.

history board beside the river

The River Teifi forms the boundary between the counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. In the past the river and its tributaries have powered local woollen and corn mills and, with the building of the Power House in 1922, provided electricity for the village until connected to the National

Grid in the 1955.  Over the years the river has also facilitated recreational pursuits, such as fishing, otter hunting and, more recently, canoeing.

The Teifi and the stone bridge have formed part of defensive systems in two major wars. In the Civil War (1642-51) the bridge was blown up by the Royalists to slow the Parliamentarians crossing the river. The soldiers were forced to ford the river at a site still called Rhyd y Milwyr (Soldiers’ Ford).  During the Second World War the River Teifi was used as part of the invasion defence line. The outline of the concrete base of one pill box is still visible on the Carmarthenshire side of the river.

The two counties are connected via the stone bridge which provides the link for transport, as well as a pedestrian bridge alongside. In earlier days, walking access was also provided via two suspension bridges, one of which was located over the ancient ford by the Parish Church.

history board and view of parkThe coming of the railway in 1864 had a significant effect on the village and its way of life. Although situated in Pont-Tyweli, it was called “Llandyssil Station”. A livestock market was conveniently situated next to the railway station. The railway created economic opportunities for farmers who could now move produce and stock quickly in and out of the area. The Cilgwyn Hotel, opposite the station, offered accommodation for travellers, whilst the other hotels, such as the Porth and the King’s Head, collected passengers and luggage by pony and trap.

Businesses and shops in the community on both sides of the river, included grocers, ironmongers, saddlers, butchers, printers, tailors, shoemakers, milliners, drapers, confectioners, chemists, bakers, blacksmiths and cabinetmakers. Cafes and pubs provided refreshments.



History and a Cuppa

A new local history project

Monday, 26th January 2015, 1pm - 8pm, The Daffodil, Penrhiwllan

Map of Penrhiwllan area


Do you have any photographs or memories of these villages from the past?

If so, you are invited to bring them along and tell us about them.


We will have a small display of photos, maps and census data of the area.


We need your help with this new project, so please come along to have a chat and a cuppa!

Drinks and cakes will be available to purchase during the day and evenings meals will be available from 6pm which you need to book 01559 370343. 

The Daffodil, Penrhiwllan, Llandysul, SA44 5NG


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