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View of River Teifi from Cenarth.
Cenarth is located in Carmarthenshire
Cenarth shown within Carmarthenshire
Population 1,030 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SN268416
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Postcode district SA38
Dialling code 01239
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CarmarthenshireCoordinates: 52°02′46″N 4°31′37″W / 52.046°N 4.527°W / 52.046; -4.527

Cenarth is a village, parish and community in Carmarthenshire, adjoining the Cenarth Falls, bordering Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, Wales.


The village stands on the banks of the River Teifi, 10 km east of Cardigan and 4 km west of Newcastle Emlyn.

History and amenities[edit]

The ancient parish extended for 5 km south of the river, and included the town of Newcastle Emlyn. In 1934, it annexed the adjoining parish of East Cilrhedyn, and the enlarged parish corresponds with the modern community, which had a population of 1,022 in the 2001 census. With the community of Newcastle Emlyn, it makes up the Carmarthenshire electoral ward of Cenarth, which had a population of 1,995 in 2001, with 60% Welsh language speakers.

The River Teifi at this point emerges from a deep ravine over a ledge that produces a spectacular waterfall when the river is in full spate and this attracts many visitors throughout the year. A dramatic painting of the falls was made by Frank Miles and is now at Nottingham City Museum. Miles's father inherited Cardigan Priory from his father, Philip John Miles, but lived in Nottinghamshire as Rector of Bingham.[2]

Cenarth Bridge

A dominant feature of the village is Cenarth Bridge over the Teifi which was built in 1787 by William Edwards of Eglwysilan and his son David. The bridge features their trademark series of circular holes that allow the weight of the structure to be reduced without losing strength.

Other visitor attractions are a seventeenth-century flour mill and coracle museum.

The parish church is dedicated to the local saint, St. Llawddog. Although the present building is relatively modern, it is on an important ancient site, and was the "bishop house" of the cantref of Emlyn.

The ancient parish (less Newcastle Emlyn) had an area of 2558 hectares. Its census populations were: 672 (1801); 897 (1851); 638 (1901). The percentage of Welsh-speakers was 98 (1891); 96 (1931).

The enlarged parish (post-1934) had an area of 4896 ha. Its census populations were: 1098 (1951); 1066 (1961); 926 (1971); 971 (1981). The percentage of Welsh-speakers was 92 (1951); 91 (1961); 82 (1971); 69 (1981).

The community is bordered by the communities of: Newcastle Emlyn; Llangeler; Cynwyl Elfed; and Trelech, all being in Carmarthenshire; by Clydau and Manordeifi in Pembrokeshire; and by Beulah and Llandyfriog in Ceredigion.

The village is also home to the National Coracle Centre.[3]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/salmon-leap-cenarth-falls-cardiganshire-47218
  3. ^ Halstead, Robin; Hezaley, Jason; Morris, Alex; Morris, Joel (2007). Far from the Sodding Crowd. Penguin books. pp. 164–169. ISBN 978-0-7181-4966-6. 

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