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Llanon is located in Ceredigion
 Llanon shown within Ceredigion
Population 2,482 (2001 census, Llansantffraed)
OS grid reference SN515671
Principal area Ceredigion
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LLANON
Postcode district SY23 5
Dialling code 01974
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Ceredigion
List of places

Coordinates: 52°16′57″N 4°10′44″W / 52.28245°N 4.17902°W / 52.28245; -4.17902

Llanon (also spelt Llan-non) is a village in Ceredigion, Wales. It adjoins the village of Llansantffraid[1] on the coast of Cardigan Bay, five miles north of Aberaeron and 11 miles (18 km) south of Aberystwyth on the A487 road. It is built on a raised beach.

St David connection[edit]

The village is named after the church of Saint Non (llan-Non), the mother of Saint David. By tradition, St David was brought up in Llanon.


The village prospered in the 18th century and 19th century with industries rooted in the land and on the sea. Shipbuilding employed 130 men in 1861 out of a population of 1,300. It was at this period that much of the current village was developed; several Nonconformist chapels and a school were built, and the village enjoyed a large range of shops and services including five pubs and a brewery, three blacksmiths, shoe makers, wheelwrights and a bakery.

The Ceredigion County Council museum service owns Llanon Cottage, a 2-roomed 18th century cottage, which is open to the public from time to time.

The beach is of pebble and stone with areas of sand exposed at low tide. The beach is backed by boulder clay sea cliffs which are receding through attack by the sea.

Plas Morfa[edit]

Plas Morfa is located roughly 1 km south of the village. The area is reached by a single track road leading from the A487 road at the south end of Llanon.

The area is best known for the large hotel 'Plas Morfa' at the end of the road, adjacent to the beach.

The beach is notable for its ancient fishing pools, reputedly built by the monks of Strata Florida Abbey. These pools were created using large stones from the beach to create a u-shaped wall from the high tide line which is totally submerged at high tide. As the tide recedes, fish are trapped in the pools but do not die, as they are retained in the shallow water by the walls.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Catrin Finch, for a time harpist to the Prince of Wales,[2] was born and grew up in Llanon but now lives outside Cardiff
  • Paul Jackson, was a notable resident for several years. He built an empire based around adult entertainment.



  1. ^ One of several parishes of that name disambiguated in the Welsh language Wikipedia: Llansantffraid (Welsh)
  2. ^ BBC Website - Catrin Finch

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