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Llanrhystud, Ceredigion.jpg
Llanrhystud, Ceredigion Village and church from the bridleway to Castell-bach.
Population966 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN538697
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSY23
Dialling code01974
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places

Llanrhystud is a Welsh seaside village, post town and electoral division on the A487 road in the county of Ceredigion, nine miles (14 km) south of Aberystwyth. It is named after the early Christian Welsh St Rhystyd, to whom the village Church in Wales (Anglican) church is dedicated.[2] Rhystyd was among missionaries who arrived from Armorica in the 6th century.[3]


The village lies on the Ceredigion Coast Path, part of the Wales Coast Path.

As for the church, "The present structure dates from 1852 and took the place of an earlier church, signs of which may still be seen in the West end, under the Belfry. This old door, with the step leading down to it, was only discovered in 1958.... The lower part of the Belfry is thought to have been laid in the 14th century if not before."[4]

The village has a Memorial Hall, which contains a memorial table to the local fallen in the two World Wars. There is a public house, the Black Lion. The village was served by Llanrhystyd Road railway station, on the now dismantled Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Line nearly seven miles (11.3 km) away up the A487 at the larger village of Llanfarian.


The community population at the United Kingdom Census 2011 was 966.[5]

The electoral ward stretches beyond the confines of Llanrhystud to include the village of Llangwyryfon. The ward has a total population of 1,562.[6]

Notable people[edit]

Church building[edit]

The present structure of the parish church dates from 1852. Some signs of an earlier building have been discovered at the west end, under the steepled belfry, whose lower part dates from the 14th century or earlier. The first mention of an incumbent is of "Griffith Powell, [who] on July 24th 1582 was a witness before the Court Leet at Aberystwyth." The document adds that Powell had been "in 1544 appointed priest-in-charge of Llanrhystud at the yearly stipend of five pounds."[7]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "community population 2011". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ Llanrhystud church website
  3. ^ William Edwards, Transactions Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, 1939 Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  4. ^ Llanrhystud Church History. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  5. ^ "community population 2011". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  7. ^ Llanrhystyd Church Retrieved 2 June 2018.

Coordinates: 52°18′21″N 4°08′45″W / 52.30590°N 4.14576°W / 52.30590; -4.14576