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Aberporth is a small town in Ceredigion on the West Wales coast.

It lies at the southern end of Cardigan Bay about six miles north of Cardigan and ten miles south of New Quay. The main industry was fishing and it still continues at a lower level. In 2006 the main industries are Ministry of Defence work (at the QinetiQ base) and tourism.

Parc Aberporth is located here, and has become a noted centre of excellence in the sectors of defence, aerospace and in particular the developing technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The picturesque village overlooks two sandy beaches and is one of Ceredigion's favourite holiday destinations, proving popular with tourists throughout western Europe. Rock pools are exposed at low tides and the cliff top walks along the Ceredigion Coast offer amazing views.

A colour illustrated booklet entitled, "Aberporth, the Story of its Church and Village", by Anne Powell and published by St Cynwyl's Church, Aberporth can be bought from The Hardware Store in the village centre, and the Londis shop in Parc-Llyn for �2.50p.

Bottle nose dolphins are seen frequently close to shore. In 2006 orcas and harbour porpoises have also been seen but such sitings are rare. Even rarer was a turtle seen in 2005.

Near Aberporth lies Aberporth Airport.

 Pubs/Bars in Aberporth:
 Penybryn Arms
       SA43 2HT

 Ship Hotel
       West Street
       SA43 2DB
 01239 810822

 Hotels in Aberporth:
 Highcliffe Hotel
       SA43 2DA
 01239 810534

 Hotel Penrallt
       SA43 2BS
 01239 810227

 Morlan Hotel
       SA43 2EN
 01239 810611

 B&B's/Guesthouses in Aberporth:
 Ffynonwen Country
       SA43 2HT
 01239 81031

 Y Ddol Guest House
       SA43 2DA
 01239 810649

 Campsites/Carvans in Aberporth:
 Dolgelynen Holiday Park
       SA43 2HS
 01239 811095

 Llety Caravan Park
       Tresaith Road
       SA43 2ED
 01239 810354

 Cafes in Aberporth:
 Beach Cafe
West Street
       SA43 2DB
 01239 810294

 Take Aways in Aberporth:
 Golden Dragon Chinese
Park Dairy
       SA43 2EN
 01239 810686

 Places of Worship in Aberporth:
 St Cynwyl Church
The Rectory
       SA43 2BX
 01239 810556

 Schools/Colleges in Aberporth:
 Ysgol Gynradd Aberporth (Primary)
       SA43 2DE
 01239 810081

 Chemists/Pharmacies in Aberporth:
 Penrhyn Pharmacy
       SA43 2EU
 01239 810228

Winter Swimming in Aberporth

Aberporth (Aber-Porth) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
ABERPORTH (ABER-PORTH), a parish, in the union of Cardigan, lower division of the hundred of Troedyraur, county of Cardigan, South Wales, 6 miles (N. E.) from Cardigan; containing 496 inhabitants. This place is pleasantly situated on the shore of Cardigan bay, in a cove near the mouth of the river Howny, forming a commodious though small port, which is a creek to the port of Cardigan. A brisk trade is carried on in limestone, culm, and coal, with Milford, Swansea, and Liverpool, employing numerous sloops and seamen, porters, and lime-burners: the herring-fishery in the bay also gives occupation to a great number of hands, and during the season imparts an appearance of activity and bustle to the village; but the fishing for turbot, cod, and mackerel, is scarcely worth pursuing. Aberporth is resorted to in summer for sea-bathing. In the vicinity is Cribach Road, which affords good shelter for vessels, and was much frequented by the French, during former wars with that people. The parish is bounded on the north by the sea, on the east by Blaenporth, on the south by Tremaen, and on the west by Verwic. It consists of two hamlets, the rectorial hamlet and that of Llanannerch. Of the latter the tithes are impropriate in the family of Currie, who pay annually to the rector one mark at Easter; it includes the manors of Mortimer �s Syrwen and Mortimer �s Coed. In the hamlet of Llanannerch, according to tradition, was anciently a chapel; but not the slightest vestiges of it now remain.

The parish contains, according to a survey taken in 1839, an area of 2100 acres, of which 1300 are in the rectorial, and 800 in the impropriate, hamlet, the former comprehending 400 acres of arable land, 100 of meadow, and 800 of pasture; and the latter, 250 acres of arable, 50 of meadow, and 500 of pasture. The soil consists partly of loam and clay, partly of gravel and peat, and, when manured with lime, seasand, and dung, yields barley inferior to none on this coast. It is also tolerably productive of oats, but the wheat crops are very indifferent. The lands are destitute of large trees, but are ornamented in several places with clusters of oak, ash, sycamore, and alder; the surface for the most part is hilly, with a few vales intersected by rapid streams, the principal of these being the river Howny, which separates the parish on the east from that of Blaenporth. The rocks on the coast are very precipitous, and afford retreats for numerous foxes and other animals prejudicial to the farmer; the sea abounds with porpoises and seacalves. A lofty hill in the parish commands fine views of Cardigan bay, and the mountains of Snowdon, Cader Idris, and Plinlimmon, the prospect on a clear day extending a considerable distance beyond the Irish coast. The estate of Pl�s, belonging to the family of Morgan, has a mansion of great antiquity, built in the form of a cross; this demesne, as well as that of Pennarissa, formerly exhibited some fine timber, which has given place to a few ornamental plantations. The other seats are, Penralt, erected in the year 1813, a mansion in the Elizabethan style; and Penmar, which has been modernised by Dr. Jones.

The living is a discharged rectory, rated in the king's books at �5. 13. 9., and endowed with �200 royal bounty, and �800 parliamentary grant; patron, the Bishop of St. David's: the rectorial tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of �104. 13. 4., and the impropriate for one of �57. 6. 8. The church, dedicated to St. Cynwyl, is a small plain structure of great antiquity, situated on an eminence about one mile from the village, and commanding a beautiful view of the sea. It consists of a nave and chancel, separated by a pointed arch, and measures in length forty-six feet and a half, in breadth twentytwo, and in height thirty, exclusively of the steeple, which is fifteen feet higher. The font is a square basin, placed on a round pillar; the sacramental cup is highly ornamented, but has neither date nor inscription. There are places of worship for congregations of Calvinistic Methodists at Aberporth and Blaenannerch, with a Sunday school for adults and children held in each of them.


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