Gazetteers - Llanbedrgoch


The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

  • National Gazetteer, 1868
  • Lewis 1833

    National Gazetteer (1868)

    "LLANBEDRGOCH, a parochial chapelry in the hundred of Tyndaethwy, county Anglesey, 6 miles S.E. of Llanerchymedd, and 6 N.W. of Beaumaris, its post town. It is situated on the S.W. side of Red Wharfe Bay, where there is a small port communicating by a tram-road with the first named town. Limestone and marble are obtained here. The living is a curacy annexed to the district perpetual curacy of Pentraeth, in the parish of Llanddyvnan and diocese of Bangor. The church is dedicated to St. Peter."

    "REDWHARF, a hamlet and bay in the parish of Llanbedrgoch, on the coast of county Anglesey, near Pentraeth. It is called by the Welsh Traeth Coch, and is celebrated for its rare shells, which abound on the sandy beach. The bay is nearly 5 miles across by 3 deep, with 5 fathoms water."

    [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
    Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

    A Topographical Dictionary of Wales
    Samuel Lewis, 1833

    LLANBEDR-GOCH (LLAN-BEDR-GOCH), a parish in the hundred of TYNDAETHWY, COUNTY of ANGLESEY, NORTH WALES, 7 miles (W. N. W.) from Beaumaris, containing 437 inhabitants. In old writings this place is called Llanbedr Mathavarn Eithav : it is advantageously situated on the Irish sea, which constitutes its northern boundary, and forms within the parish a safe and commodious bay, or harbour, called Traeth Goch, or Red Wharf bay, in which large sloops may ride in perfect security during the severest gales. The lands, with the exception only of such as are appropriated to mining purposes, are enclosed and cultivated, and the soil is generally fertile. The parish abounds with limestone of very superior quality, of which quarries are worked upon a large scale, affording constant employment to more than two hundred men, exclusively of a considerable number employed in conveying it to its several places of destination. From these quarries, of which the principal is Castell Mawr, conveniently situated near Red Wharf bay, many thousand tons of limestone are annually procured and shipped at that small port for various parts of England, Wales, and Ireland. Marble is also found in the parish, and several good slabs of black and grey marble have been raised; but, though susceptible of a high polish, it has not been found to retain it for any length of time, and consequently is not in very great request. Considerable improvements have been made in the port of Traeth Goch, under the auspices of the Anglesey Railway Company, who, in the 52nd of George III., obtained an act of parliament, enabling them to raise certain sums, in shares of £ 150 each, for making and maintaining a railway from Penrhyn-Mawr, in the parish of Llanvihangel-Ysceiviog, to Red Wharf in this parish, and for making a dock and other necessary works for the convenience of shipping coal and other produce from that district. This railway, which is seven miles in length, and rises and falls in its course from fourteen to thirty-eight feet above and below the level of high water, commences at the Penrhyn-Mawr coal-works, and pursues a north-easterly course, crossing the road between Holyhead and Bangor, to Red Wharf bay, where it has a branch which is continued for a short distance north-ward, in a direction parallel with the shore. The expense of carrying this useful undertaking into execution was estimated at £ 9802. 8. 2., for defraying which the Earl of Uxbridge and another landed proprietor in the neighbourhood subscribed each £ 5000. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Llanddyvnan, in the archdeaconry of Anglesey, and diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a small but beautiful cruciform structure, with a handsome east window, situated on a rocky eminence in a distant and exposed part of the parish. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. A National school has been erected, which is supported by subscription, and in which seventy-six children of the parishes of Llanbedr-Goch, Llanddyvnan, Llanvair- Mathavarneithav, and Pentraeth, receive gratuitous instruction. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor amounts to £ 154. 6.

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