Llanon Ceredigion Wales
Llanon is a village stooped in history with a shingle beach located on the coast of Cardigan Bay, 11 miles south of Aberystwyth and 5 miles north of Aberaeron on the main A487 coast road.
It is part of the parish of Llansantffraed, which consists of three communities – Llanon, Llansantffraed and Nebo.
The village is named after the church of St. Non – the mother of St David, patron saint of Wales, who was born about 500 AD and brought up in the village.
The history of the village dates back to a charter of around 1215 that shows the Lord Rhys ap Grufudd gave the land to the Bishop of St David’s. The land subsequently passed to the Cistercian monks of Strata Florida and the shoreline still features their mediaeval fish traps near Llanon.
The village was at its height in the 18th and 19th centuries as a key area for farming and shipbuilding. As a shipbuilding village it employed 130 men in 1861 out of a population of 1300. It was during this time that much of the development in the village took place when new churches, a school, shops, pubs, a brewery and bakery was built.
Today Llanon attracts many tourists visiting Ceredigion, including walkers of the Ceredigion Coastal Path, followers of the Dylan Thomas Trail and caravaners. It holds an annual carnival and offers local amenities including a Village Hall, White Swan Inn, Llanon Premier Stores, WB Evans Butchers , Woodlands Caravan Park and the Aromatherapy Reflexology Centre.
Places Of Interest
The Church Of St Bride, Llansantffraed
The Church Of St Bride is a parish church of Norman origin. During the medieval period, it belonged to the Deanery of Ultra-Aeron. In 1158 Roger de Clare granted the church to the Knights Hospitaller of Slebech. In the later twelfth century the grant was confirmed by Rhys ap Gruffydd. In the later thirteenth century King Edward I transferred the church to the Bishop of St Davids. In 1833 the church was in the patronage of the Bishop of St Davids.
There have been many church buildings on the site and the current church dates back to 1838. The tower featured what may be a Sheila-na-gig although originally it was believed to be a carving of St. Non holding her baby St. David.
There are building remains on the cliff above that are also associated with the church. Suspected to be the remains of a great building that may have belonged to a nunnery.
The Capel Mawr Methodist Chapel
The Capel Mawr Methodist Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist Chapel) built in 1792 by John Alban still holds regularly services. It has been rebuilt many times (1797,1804, 1815, 1844) and the the present chapel was built in 1865.
Cottage Museum & Y Neuadd
Just off Bridge Street in Hoel Non is a Tudor Ruin called a Y Neuadd (hall). This is believed to date back to the 14th century and would have been home to a wealthy family. It first appears in historical records in 1645 and was last occupied in the 1880’s. It was excavated in 2013 and is now viewable any time.
Adjoining the ruin is one of the last surviving cottages in west Wales. It is a 2 roomed cottage dating back to the 18th century; the thatched roof is now covered by corrugated iron. It is open to view from 2.00pm – 4.00pm Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during August and August Bank Holiday Monday.
Past & Present
Plas Morfa & Felinfor Brewery / Aberclydan Brewery
At the end of Hoel-Y-Mor is the Plas Morfa Hotel . The property has much history being built on the site of the former Felinfor brewery operated by local ship builder Evan Morris. The brewery was taken over by David Morgan in 1837 when much of the original building was demolished and it was renamed the Aberclydan Brewery. In 1879 it was brought by Messrs Davies & Jones of Llandover, who alas went bankrupt in 1886. It then became Aberclydan Stores managed by David Morgan’s son Evan until 1913. It later became the site of the Penarwel Club and caravan site. On closure of the caravan site it became the Plas Morfa Hotel and Restaurant. The Plas Morfa still operates today as a hotel but alas the restaurant no longer trades.
The White Swan Inn
The White Swan Inn Llanon in Stryd-yr-Ysgol, off Bridge Street, was formally known as the Commercial and was first listed in 1861 with inn keeper as Jane Thomas. This family friendly pub has recently been renovated and offers good food, sunday lunches and range of quality ales.
The Central Hotel
The Central Hotel on Bridge Street opened around 1906 and was built on the original site of the Sun Inn, a thatched cottage. The first licensee of the Sun Inn was listed as Jenkin Davies in 1836. The Dylan Thomas Trail starts here and it is where Thomas drank with his friend Aberaeron vet Tommy Herbert. The Central is currently closed and undergoing renovations for re-opening 2018.
Other pubs long since closed included The Castle Inn, Glancledan, Green Castle, New Ceylon, Plas Gwyn, The Plough, Ship Inn and The Swan Inn. Find out more on the History of Welsh Pubs.
Ceredigion Coastal Path
Llanon is a virtual midpoint of the Ceredigion Coastal Path walk that runs from Ynys Las to Cardigan. It is a beautiful walk covering all the towns and villages on its route and may be walked in easy sections. From Llanon the walk into Aberaeron has some lovely views over the sea, and going to Llanrhystud you will encounter the Lime Kilns on a more inland walk. Llanon Ceridigion Coastal Path Route
Llanon Business Directory
Shops, businesses and amenities in Llanon
Llansantffraed Parish Church
Lewis Motors Direct
Used Cars & Petrol Station
Alan Hopkins Car Sales
White Swan Inn
WB Evans Butchers
Plas Morfa Hotel
Woodlands Holiday & Caravan Park
KJ Hair Studio
The Chip Box
Fish & Chip Shop
Aromatherapy Reflexology Centre
The Barn House,