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Llanrhystud
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Llanrhystud, Ceredigion Village and church from the bridleway to Castell-bach.
Population 966 (2011)
OS grid reference SN538697
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Shire county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LLANRHYSTUD
Postcode district SY23
Dialling code 01974
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
  • Ceredigion
Welsh Assembly
  • Ceredigion
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Wales
Ceredigion

Llanrhystud is a Welsh seaside village and electoral division on the A487 road in the county of Ceredigion, nine miles (14 km) south of Aberystwyth, and seven miles (11 km) north of Aberaeron. It takes its name from an early Welsh saint. The community includes the village of Llanddeiniol.

History

The village is named after the early Christian Welsh St Rhystyd, to whom the local Church in Wales (Anglican) church is dedicated. Rhystyd was among missionaries who arrived from Armorica in the 6th century.

"The present church 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." 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."

Amenities

The village has a primary school, Ysgol Wirfoddol Myfenydd. It also has a memorial hall, which contains a memorial table to the local fallen in the two World Wars.

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

There is a public house, the Black Lion, which also serves meals.

The village was once served by Llanrhystyd Road railway station, on the now dismantled Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Line, nearly seven miles (11.3 km) up the A487 at the larger village of Llanfarian.

Population

The village had a population of 646 as of 2011 census, and the wider community one of 966. The electoral ward stretches beyond the confines of Llanrhystud to include the village of Llangwyryfon. It has a total population of 1,562.

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