Llanon shown within Ceredigion
|Population||2,482 (2001 census, Llansantffraed)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||SY23 5|
|Fire||Mid and West Wales|
Llanon (also spelt Llan-non) is a village in Ceredigion, Wales. It adjoins the village of Llansantffraid on the coast of Cardigan Bay, 5 mi (8.0 km) north of Aberaeron and 11 miles (18 km) south of Aberystwyth on the A487 road. It is situated on a raised beach. 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 and 19th centuries with industries rooted in the land and on the sea. In 1861, shipbuilding employed 130 men out of a population of 1,300. It was at this period that much of the 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, shoemakers, wheelwrights and a bakery. The primary school, Ysgol Gynradd Llannon, overlooks the village and Cardigan Bay.
The beach is of pebble and stone with areas of sand exposed at low tide and backed by boulder clay sea cliffs which are receding through attack by the sea. A beach area south of the village 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.
Early 19th century sketch of Llanon and Llansantffraid
- Llanon - a potted history
- Llanon Cottage
- Ceredigion Plan for Llanon
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Llanon and surrounding area
- www.llanon.org.uk : Llanon community website