Tal-y-bont and beyond, looking across to the Dyfi estuary.
Tal-y-bont shown within Ceredigion
|OS grid reference|
|– Cardiff||90 mi (140 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Mid and West Wales|
History and amenities
The village stands on the Afon Leri and Afon Ceulan riversides in the area of Genau'r Glyn, at the foot of Ceulan Maes-mawr (383 m). There are many old silver and lead mines and woollen mills surrounding the village. Although silver and lead had been mined in the area since Roman times, it was not until the 19th century that the village began to grow dramatically; many of the terraces were built during this period for workers who migrated to the area. Many of the houses, for example the pharmacy, are listed buildings and therefore maintain many of their original features such as sash windows. There were only 35 houses in Tal-y-bont in 1835, the majority were thatched roof cottages.
At one point there were 15 shops, a garage, two banks and three Nonconformist chapels in the village; the Tabernacl was built in 1812, Eglwys Dewi Sant (English: St David's Church) in 1909, there is also Bethel, Capel yr Annibynwyr (Independent chapel). The Memorial Hall was officially opened on 6 August 1924 in remembrance of those who died during the First World War. Since 1966 the village has been home to Y Lolfa press. A garage, pharmacy, hairdressers and a SPAR convenience store still exist in the village.
There are two pubs in Tal-y-bont, the Llew Gwyn (English: White Lion) and the Llew Du (English: Black Lion). The Tal-y-bont agricultural show is held annually in the Black Lion's old fields, as it has been for several decades.
- Ruth Jên, artist who painted the Y Lolfa mural.
- Mihangel Morgan, novelist
- Thomas Lewis, (1832-1913), known as 'The Coal King of Queensland', Australia.