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Llanfihangel-ar-Arth is a village and a parish in the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire.

The area includes six villages namely:

  • Alltwalis
  • Dolgran
  • Gwyddgrug
  • Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth
  • New Inn
  • Pencader

Llanfihangel ar Arth is the most northerly village in the community, nearest the River Teifi. It is believed that the village’s name derives from the name of parish’s church, Sant Mihangel, which was established in the 6th century.

There was a tollhouse in the village during 1840-1850 to collect tolls from travellers and one of the Rebecca Riots occurred here when the gate was destroyed by 150 people in June, 1843. It was a one level building and now it is a residential bungalow.

The railway from Carmarthen and Lampeter travelled through Llanfihangel ar Arth, which later had its own station. But the station was closed for travellers in the 1960s. Today there’s only part of the track left. From 1840s to 1920s many of village houses were used as woolen workshops when the wool industry was important in the area.

The resident population of the parish o Llanfihangel-ar-Arth, as measured in the 2001 Census, was 2,727 of which 50% were male and 50% were female.

The village is located around the B4336 between Llanllwni and Llandysul from the east to west and the B4459 between Capel Dewi and Pencader from the north to south.

As well as the Church, the village has two friendly pubs and a school that opened in 1864 but was later closed in 2003 and the school now acts as a community centre. There are quite a few small businesses and the electricity board store. Agriculture along with the aforementioned businesses supply employment in the area. The village has an annual carnival and part of Gwyl Bibau Pencader is held at the Church.

Since the closure of the School in 2003 a lot has changed in Llanfihangel ar Arth village. The village shop and Post Office have also closed. Hence, the School Hall is the centre of the village and gives energy to keep its community alive.


 Pubs/Bars in Llanfihangel-ar-Arth:
 Eagle Inn
       Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth
       Pencader
       Carmarthenshire
       SA39 9HY
 01559 395 629

 Cross Inn Hotel
       Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth
       Pencader
       Dyfed
       SA39 9HX
 01559 384838


 B&B's/Guesthouses in Llanfihangel-ar-Arth:
 Arlandir B&B
       Arlandir
       Pencader
       Dyfed
       SA39 9AN
 01559 384872


 Other in Llanfihangel-ar-Arth:
 Carew Karting
       Forest View
       Llanfihangel-Ar-Arth
       Pencader
       Dyfed
       SA39 9HU
 01559 384078


 Places of Worship in Llanfihangel-ar-Arth:
 St Davids Capel Dewi
       The Vicarage
       Llanfihangel-ar-Arth
       Pencader
       Dyfed
       SA39 9HU
 01559 384858
 www.pencader.org.uk


AVP Beginners Teifi Trip 2007


Llanvihangel-Ar-Arth or Yeroth (Llan-Fihangel-Ar-Arth) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
LLANVIHANGEL-AR-ARTH or YEROTH (LLAN-FIHANGEL-AR-ARTH), a parish, in the union of Newcastle-Emlyn, Higher division of the hundred of Cathinog, county of Carmarthen, South Wales, 12 miles (N. by E.) from Carmarthen; containing 1993 inhabitants. According to Giraldus Cambrensis, this place was the scene of an obstinate battle between Hywel and Grufydd ab Llewelyn, in the year 1039, when the former, who had brought his wife to the field to be a spectator of his anticipated triumph, was defeated by the latter, and being pursued, was taken prisoner with his wife, and detained in the power of Grufydd. Rhŷs ab Grufydd, according to the same historian, held an interview here with Henry II., in 1162, when he made his formal submission to the authority of that monarch. The parish is situated on the river Teivy, over which the turnpike-road between Carmarthen and Aberystwith is continued by a handsome stone bridge; it extends for nearly eight miles in length from north to south, and seven miles in breadth from east to west, comprising 17,020 acres. The surrounding scenery is diversified, in some parts highly picturesque; and the soil, though varying in different parts, is in general fertile. The village, in addition to its situation on the thoroughfare leading from Carmarthen to Aberystwith, is intersected by the turnpike-road from the former town to Lampeter. Fairs are annually held on the 12th of May and the 10th of October.

The living is a discharged vicarage, rated in the king's books at £6. 6. 8., endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the alternate patronage of W. Lewes, and J. E. Lloyd, Esqrs., the impropriators: the tithes have been commuted for £508, of which £430 are payable to the impropriators, and £78 to the vicar, who has also a glebe of eighty-five acres, valued at £60 per annum. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is situated on an eminence on the southern bank of the Teivy, commanding an extensive and pleasing view of the river and the adjacent country; in the churchyard is a monumental stone, with the inscription Hic Jacet Ulcacinus Filius Senomacili. The chapel of Pencader has been in ruins for about a century, but the cemetery is still entire. There are places of worship for Independents, Calvinistic Methodists, and Particular Baptists. A British school was established at Pencader in the year 1846, and the parish contains five Sunday schools, four of them in connexion with the dissenters. Near the village are the remains of an ancient encampment, probably thrown up by Hywel, in his encounter with Llewelyn, in 1039; and on the banks of the Teivy, near the boundary of Llanllwny parish, is a lofty embankment, the history of which is unknown. There are also three tumuli within the parish, but no particulars respecting them are upon record.



 

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