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Llanybydder (Llanybyther is an anglicised form of the town's name) is a small town straddling the River Teifi in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, Wales, with a population of 1,423. The nearest University is the University of Wales in Lampeter (Llanbedr Pont Steffan), the nearest Big Town is Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin), The nearest Cinema is in Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. The nearest multiplex is Swansea. Another important local town is Aberystwyth, and many people commute there from Llanybydder for work and educational purposes.

Llanybydder is famed for the horse fairs held there on the last Thursday of every month. These attract dealers and buyers from all parts of the UK and Ireland. The biggest is held in August. Of particular interest are the sales of local Welsh cobs. Llanybydder is ideally situated to explore most parts of Wales.

Dunbia (Dungannon Meats) is the largest business in Llanybydder, an abbatoir, providing around 400 jobs to the local community. They specialise in Welsh lamb and the quality of their produce is much appreciated across Europe. This business was formerly known as "Oriel Jones" - a family run business owned by a local character called "Oriel", Who still lives locally.

Local Businesses
At one point there were 7 bakeries in the village, and 10 or 12 pubs. Now only 1 bakery remains, and only 5 pubs. These include

  • The Black Lion, (Y Llew Ddu)
  • The Cross Hands Hotel
  • The Albion arms
  • The Tan Y Graig is to be sold in December and closed down
  • The Rugby Club

Llanybydder also has other businesses:

  • an Indian Restaurant
  • One Bakery
  • 2 hairdressers
  • Video shop
  • 2 convenience stores (Londis and Spar (with the Post Office))
  • A newsagent (Compton Stores)
  • Two Farmers' co-operatives
  • A Pharmacy
  • National Westminster Bank (the only bank left)
  • An Estate Agency (Evans Bros)
  • A Solicitor's office (Williams and Bourne)
  • Two Bed & Breakfasts including Glasfryn B&B

And many other businesses.

The NFU has a small office near the Evans Bros Horse Mart.

Llanybydder Rugby Club
Llanybydder has an improving rugby team and are currently in top place in the Asda Division 4 west table having only joined division 4 this season after promotion last season.

250 or so Polish workers also live in Llanybydder as well as Slovaks and Czechs, most of whom work for Dunbia. Many of the local people have learnt basic Polish and many of the Polish people have picked up a lot of Welsh. As well as Polish there are a few Scottish, Irish and English families.

 Rugby in Llanybydder: Llanybydder RFC

 Pubs/Bars in Llanybydder:
 The Albion Arms
       Llansawel Road
       SA40 9RN

 Black Lion Hotel
 Market Square
       SA40 9UE

 Cefn Hafod Inn
       SA40 9TE
 01570 434 238

 Crosshands Hotel
       The Square
       SA40 9TX
 01570 480 224

 Highmead Arms Hotel
       SA40 9SP
       01570 480 258

 Tanygraig Inn
       SA40 9XS
 01570 480 542

 B&B's/Guesthouses in Llanybydder:
 Glasfryn Guest House
       SA40 9TY 
 01570 481400
 [email protected]

 Schools/Colleges in Llanybydder:
 Llanybydder C.P. School (Primary)
       SA40 9RP
 01570 480639

 Ysgol Gynradd Cwrtnewydd (Primary)
       SA40 9YN
 01570 434273

Llanybyther (Llan-Y-Byddar) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
LLANYBYTHER (LLAN-Y-BYDDAR), a parish, in the union of Lampeter, Higher division of the hundred of Cathinog, county of Carmarthen, South Wales, 5� miles (S. W.) from Lampeter; comprising the Northern and Southern divisions, and containing 1120 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the road from Lampeter to Carmarthen, and on the border of the county. It is bounded on the west and north by Cardiganshire, on the northeast by the parish of Pencarreg, on the south by that of Llanmihangel-Rh�sycorn, on the south-east by that of Llansawel, and on the south-west by that of Llanllwny. The parish is extensive, comprising above 10,000 acres, of which about 2000 are uninclosed, and containing a great variety of soil and surface, including a large portion of the country between the rivers Teivy and Cothy; the prevailing kinds of timber are fir and young oak, and the chief agricultural produce oats and barley. There is a ridge of high common ground crossing the parish in the centre from east to west, from which numerous streams descend towards the north into the Teivy, and southwards into the Cothy; the latter district exhibits many deep glens. A road from Llansawel to Llandyssul intersects this common, on which several carnau and monumental stones are visible. The village of Llanybyther stands on the banks of the river Teivy, which is here crossed by a bridge, and near the road leading from Lampeter to Carmarthen. The parish also contains the village of Glanduar, and that of Abergorlech, the latter situated on the southern confines of the parish, some miles distant from the village of Llanybyther, and near the junction of the river Gorlech with the Cothy, from which junction it derives its name. Fairs are held on June 21st, July 17th, and November 1st and 21st.

The living is a discharged vicarage, endowed with �600 royal bounty and �400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor; present net income, �117, with a glebe-house; impropriators, C. Longcroft and T. Lloyd, Esqrs. The tithes have been commuted for �230, of which �160 are payable to the impropriators, and �70 to the vicar, who has also a glebe of seven acres and a half, valued at �10 per annum. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, having undergone a thorough repair, is comfortably fitted up for the accommodation of the inhabitants; it is seventy feet long, including the chancel, which was rebuilt in 1804, and seventeen feet broad, and contains 162 sittings, nearly the whole free. There is also a chapel at Abergorlech, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, endowed with �1000 royal bounty, and in the gift of the Vicar; net income, �60. The parish has two places of worship for Independents, and one each for Baptists and Calvinistic Methodists. A school in connexion with the Established Church is supported by Colonel Wood, and there are six Sunday schools, one of them conducted on Church principles, and the others belonging to the three denominations of dissenters above mentioned. Opposite the church, and at the distance of about half a mile from it, in a south-western direction, is an encampment, crowning a conical hill of considerable elevation; it is called the Gaer, and is supposed to be of Roman construction.


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