Lledrod

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Lledrod
Lledrod is located in Ceredigion
Lledrod
Lledrod
Location within Ceredigion
Population735 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN645703
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAberystwyth
Postcode districtSY23
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Ceredigion
52°18′53″N 3°59′21″W / 52.314713°N 3.989050°W / 52.314713; -3.989050Coordinates: 52°18′53″N 3°59′21″W / 52.314713°N 3.989050°W / 52.314713; -3.989050

Lledrod is a village and community in Ceredigion, Wales. The village is situated on the A485 road from Llanilar to Tregaron, where it crosses the valley of the River Wyre (Welsh: Afon Wyre). The parish is divided into Lledrod Isaf (Lower Lledrod) and Lledrod Uchaf (Upper Lledrod); Lledrod village is located in the former, Swyddffynnon village is situated in the latter.[2] The name 'Lledrod' is a contraction of name Llanfihangel-Lledrod, which is itself a corruption of Llanfihangel Llether-troed,[3] meaning 'the church of St Michael at the foot of the slope'.

Geology[edit]

The solid geology of the area comprises Silurian mudstone of the Borth Mudstone Formation, which are partially overlain by superficial deposits of glacial till (Devensian diamicton).[4]

History[edit]

Lledrod village[edit]

The 'llan' element of Llanfihangel-Lledrod suggests that the parish church was established in the early medieval period. The nature of the settlement prior to the 18th century remains obscure, but by 1610 it was significant enough to be included on John Speed's map of Cardiganshire.[5]

Religion[edit]

The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Michael. The 'llan' element of the village's original name suggests that the church was founded in the early medieval period. The present church was built in 1883.[6] There are a number of non-conformist chapels in lledrod parish, one of which, Rhydlwyd Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, is located on the northern edge of the village. This denomination started meeting in 1745; the first chapel was built c 1755, and rebuilt in 1783, 1809 and 1837. The present chapel was built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1899. The chapel remained open in 2006.[7]

Education[edit]

A free grammar school was founded in the village in 1745 by the Rev. Thomas Oliver.[8] Ysgol Gynradd Lledrod (Lledrod Primary School) was built in 1877,[9] but is now closed. The nearest alternative school is Ysgol Gynradd Llanilar, or Rhos y Wlad in Bronant.

Governance[edit]

An electoral ward with the same name exists. This stretches beyond the confines of Lledrod Community with a total population at the 2011 Census of 2,209.[10]

Notable residents[edit]

The poet Evan Evans (1731–1789) was born and died in Cynhawdref, Lledrod, and was buried in the churchyard of St Michael's church.[11]

Chris Lledrod left in 2007 and the place has never been the same.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/CGN/Lledrod/ParishMap.html Lledrod parish map
  3. ^ http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/734240
  4. ^ British Geological Survey
  5. ^ http://www.llanrhystud.co.uk/1610-john-speed-map-of-llanrhystud/ John Speed's 1610 map of Cardiganshire
  6. ^ http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/417696/details/ST+MICHAELS+CHURCH%2C+LLEDROD/ ST MICHAELS CHURCH, LLEDROD
  7. ^ http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/CGN/Lledrod/Chapels.html Swyddffynnon Welsh CM chapel
  8. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=47861&strquery=lledrod#s15
  9. ^ http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/CGN/Lledrod/Kellys1895.html Kelly's Directory South Wales 1895
  10. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Evans, Evan (1731-1789)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900