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Historic County of Wales

(Sir Aberteifi or Ceredigion)

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Known in Welsh as Ceredigion or Sir Aberteifi. A maritime County bounded W. by Cardigan Bay, N. by Merioneth, E. by Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Brecknockshire, and S. by Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

Area 440,630 acres - 1,183 Square km.

Admin HQ. Aberaeron / Aberystwyth

Population 2011 - 75 900

Motto Golud Gwlad Rhyddid (Wealth, Land, Freedom)

County Flower Bog Rosemary - Andromeda polifolia

The Cambrian Mountains cover much of the E. of the County. In the S. and W. the surface is less elevated. The highest point is Plynlimmon at 2,486 feet at which five rivers have their source: the Severn, the Wye, the Dulas, the Llyfnant and Rheidol, the last of which meets the Mynach in a 300-foot plunge at the Devil's Bridge chasm. The 50 miles of coastline has many sandy beaches. The main towns are Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Lampeter, New Quay, Newcastle Emlyn (partly in Carmarthenshire) and Tregaron. The chief river is the Teifi which forms the border with Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire for much of its length. Tourism and agriculture, chiefly hill farming, are the most important industries.

Places of special interest:

  • Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth (SN5881);
  • Devil's Bridge (SN7477);
  • Strata Florda Abbey (SN7465);
  • Vale of Rheidol Railway (SN5881).


  • Genau'r Glyn
  • Ilar
  • Penarth
  • Moyssdyn
  • Troedyraur

The main settlements are

  • Aberaeron,
  • Aberarth,
  • Aberporth,
  • Aberystwyth,
  • Borth,
  • Cardigan,
  • Lampeter,
  • Llanarth,
  • Llanddewi Brefi,
  • Llandysul,
  • Llanilar,
  • Llanrhystud,
  • New Quay,
  • Penparcau
  • Tregaron.

The largest of these are Aberystwyth and Cardigan.

See Table of Welsh Place names (Table listing where places are in Current [Post 1974/1996] Welsh Counties/Historic Counties

Parish Map

from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

For full size image see Central Wales - Phillimore - open the full view and use the magnify tool.