Cardiganshire  Wales

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In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Cardiganshire like this:

Cardiganshire, a maritime co. of S. Wales, bounded on the W. by Cardigan Bay, and landward from N. to S. by the cos. of Merioneth, Montgomery, Radnor, Brecknock, Carmarthen, and Pembroke. Its seaboard is in the form of a crescent; coast line, 48 miles; extreme breadth, 22 miles; area, 443,387 ac.; pop. ...

70,270. Rugged mountains and deep valleys occur in the N. and E. of the co. The summit of Plinlimmon, on the border of Montgomeryshire, has an alt. of 2469 ft. In the SW. the surface is less elevated. The largest streams are the Teifi, Aeron, and Ystwith. The prevailing rocks of the mountains are clay-slate and shale. The soil is either peaty or a sandy loam. The principal crops are oats and barley. Cattle and sheep are reared in great numbers. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Lead ore is worked. The co. comprises 5 hundreds, 97 pars., the mun. bor. of Aberystwith, and the greater part of the mun. bor. of Cardigan. It is entirely in the diocese of St David's. It returns 1 member to Parliament.

Cardiganshire through time

Click here for graphs and data of how Ceredigion has changed over two centuries. For statistics for historical units named after Cardiganshire go to Units and Statistics.

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cardiganshire | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th July 2024

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