Llechryd

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Coordinates: 52°04′N 4°36′W / 52.06°N 4.60°W / 52.06; -4.60

Llechryd
Llechryd Bridge River Reifi Castell Malgwyn.jpg
Llechryd Bridge over the River Teifi and the entrance to Castell Malgwyn.
Llechryd is located in Ceredigion
Llechryd
Llechryd
 Llechryd shown within Ceredigion
OS grid reference SN217434
Principal area Ceredigion
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARDIGAN
Postcode district SA43
Dialling code 01239
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Ceredigion
Welsh Assembly Ceredigion
List of places
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Ceredigion

Llechryd (Welsh pronunciation: [ɬɛxrɪd]) is a village lying on the A484 road approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) from Cardigan, in Ceredigion, Wales. It is part of the Community of Llangoedmor.

Etymology[edit]

The name Llechryd derives from the Welsh for "Slate Ford" ("Llech + Rhyd"), as slate was once extracted from nearby quarries and transported along a canal. The canal was not a canal in the conventional sense but purely a channel to transport fresh water to a tinworks which stood near the Castell Malgwyn stable block on the other side of the river Teifi. [1]

Situation[edit]

The village is approximately two miles long, and includes the Llechryd Cricket & Tennis Club [1], Robert Davies Motors [2], a water treatment facility, Llechryd General Store the village shop, the local pubs the Carpenter's Arms (inn) [3] and the Seven Stars (for some time a guest house but now open as an inn again), Llechryd primary school and St Tydfil's church. The church was built in 1854 to replace the older Church of the Holy Cross near the bridge which had to be abandoned due to persistent flooding. Another notable church nearby is Manordeifi Old Church, near the far end of the "canal" road. It is preserved as it was in the early 19th century.

The river Teifi is tidal and was navigable by lighters as far as Llechryd until the 1840s, when careless working of the slate quarries resulted in severe choking of the Cilgerran Gorge, causing the flooding for which the area is now known and moving the navigable (in all but the smallest boats/canoes) tidal limit downstream of Cilgerran Castle.

Most of the village has been built along the A484 going down into the valley, although some estates branch off the road.

History[edit]

A battle was fought in or near the town in 1087 between between Rhys ab Twdwr and the sons of Bleddin ab Cynfyn. In 1844, during the Rebecca Riots, the weir across the river which had prevented salmon from going upstream was demolished by rioters. [2]

Llechryd Bridge[edit]

The River Teifi is crossed at Llechryd by a grade II* listed bridge built in the 17th century which was damaged in 2005 by a large flood. The bridge, part of an ancient Drovers' road, can be wholly submerged by the river at times of high flood, and inhabitants wishing to cross the river have to go via Cardigan and Cilgerran.

Teifi Trout Association[edit]

The TTA owns the trout fishing rights from the eastern side of the bridge upwards,[3] although some plots of land by the river are privately owned.

Bilingual roadsign in Llechryd


Source[edit]

  1. ^ qv
  2. ^ "Llechryd Cardiganshire". University of Portsmouth. 
  3. ^ "TTA maps". 

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