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Ferryside (Welsh: Glan y Fferi) is a seaside village in Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is situated 8� miles (14 km) south of Carmarthen, near the mouth of the River Tywi and close to golden sandy beaches.

Originating as a landing-place on the ferry route to Llansteffan (the ferry was used by Giraldus Cambrensis in 1188), it developed further as a fishing village and is now a popular place for retirement. Along with Laugharne, Ferryside was once at the heart of the cockling industry in Carmarthen Bay. Cocklewomen from Llansaint could collect about 650 tons of cockles a year, and did so right until around 1900. Today there are mainly oystercatchers and herons searching the sands of the estuary.

The village has a railway station served by trains between Carmarthen and Swansea, a post office, a pub, a cafe, a yacht club and a hotel.

Notable ex-residents of the village include the General Sir Thomas Picton (of Iscoed Mansion), a former governor of Trinidad who died at Waterloo, Hugh Williams, the 19th century Chartist lawyer who played a prominent role in the Rebecca Riots and the portrait and landscape painter Gordon Stuart (five of whose portraits can be found at the National Portrait Gallery, including those of Kingsley Amis, Dylan Thomas and Huw Wheldon).

In 2006, the graveyard and grounds of the parish church, St. Ishmael's, was selected for an innovative project aimed at encouraging biodiversity in churchyards.

Analogue television switch off
On 30 March 2005, Ferryside and Llansteffan became the first areas in the United Kingdom to lose all analogue television signals. Residents of the Carmarthenshire villages - on either side of the River Tywi - voted to switch to digital-only after taking part in a pilot scheme.

Homes were given digital receivers for each of their televisions. A help-line was set up for residents' teething problems, and one-to-one support was made available to the elderly.

After three months, the households were asked if they wanted to keep the digital services or revert to analogue only. More than 85% of households responded and 98% voted to retain the digital services.

 Pubs/Bars in Ferryside:
 The Ship Inn
       SA17 5RN
 01267 267535

 White Lion Hotel
       The Square
       SA17 5RW
 01267 267214

 Hotels in Ferryside:
 Three Rivers Hotel
       Under Cliff
       SA17 5TU
 01267 267270

 Cafes in Ferryside:
 Ferry Cabin Cafe
       Ferry Cabin
       SA17 5SF
 01267 267084

 Rugby in Ferryside:
 Ferryside Rugby Club
       The Clubhouse
       Glan Tywi
       SA17 5TG
 01267 267557

 Sailing in Ferryside:
 River Towy Yacht Club
       SA17 5SF
 01267 267366

Ferryside, Carmarthenshire

Ferryside - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
FERRYSIDE, a village, in the parish of St. Ishmael's, hundred of Kidwelly, union and county of Carmarthen, South Wales, 4 miles (N. W.) from Kidwelly: the population is returned with the parish. This small village, from its situation on the south-eastern bank of the river Towy, near its influx into Carmarthen bay, has risen into notice and esteem as a watering-place, and, from its proximity to Carmarthen, promises to become in a short time a valuable appendage to that rapidly improving town. The sands are remarkably fine, affording delightful walks along the margin of the sea; the air is pure and salubrious; and the surrounding scenery abounds with objects of interest and beauty; advantages which, united with the facilities for sea-bathing which the place affords, and the accommodations that have been provided for visiters who frequent it for that purpose, have already raised it to a degree of importance among the places of similar resort on this coast. It contains several genteel private dwellings and respectable lodging-houses for visiters; and the neighbourhood affords a variety of excursions. There is a daily post; a regular communication is carried on with Carmarthen by means of passageboats, and the South Wales railway will run through the place: the vicinity affords an abundant supply of coal, and its spring water is excellent. The view directly from the village, across the river, embraces the tastefully ornamented lawns of Llanstephan Place, with the mansion, and the luxuriant plantations above it; on one side the venerable and picturesque ruins of Llanstephan Castle, and on the other the village church, half-embosomed in trees; with the noble stream of the Towy, which is here a mile in breadth, in the foreground of the whole. About a mile east, situated on a rising ground, is the mansion of Iscoed, formerly the residence of the Mansell family, of whom it was purchased by the late General Sir Thomas Picton.

At the suggestion of Dr. Burgess, Bishop of St. David's, a church was erected by subscription, aided by a grant from the Incorporated Society for building and enlarging churches and chapels, in consideration of which assistance 192 seats were reserved for the poor. This church, which is dedicated to St. Thomas, was opened for divine service in 1828, and is a neat and appropriate structure, in every respect adapted to the accommodation of the inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of St. Ishmael's for the time being, and was endowed by the late Rev. Edward Picton with �4 per annum, to which have been added �600 royal bounty; net income, �23. There is a place of worship for Particular Baptists, and two Sunday schools are held, one of them in connexion with the Established Church, and the other with the dissenting congregation. Among the attractions of the place may be mentioned the scientifically conducted apiary of Dr. Bevan, author of the "Honey Bee," to which visiters are allowed admission.


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