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Ystrad Meurig

Ystrad Meurig (or Ystradmeurig) is a village and community in Ceredigion, Wales. It lies on the B4340 road northwest of the town of Tregaron, on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains.

Edward Richard's Schoolhouse

Ystrad Meurig was the site of a Grammar School founded by Edward Richard (1714-1777) in about 1734 . It subsequently offered pupils a course which included significant elements of Classics and Divinity. The school was thereby enabled to provide a basic training for many Welsh language speakers who wished to enter the ordained ministry - being one of the few establishments licensed for the purpose by the Bishop of St. David's. Several former pupils were later to achieve considerable distinction within the Welsh church. This arrangement continued until the 1820s, when the existing school was finally superseded by a newly established college, which has since been transformed into the current University of Wales, Lampeter.

The Grammar School at Ystrad Meurig later reverted to a more modest status as a school for the village and for the surrounding area, although it eventually adopted the name St. John's College, before finally closing in 1973. After lying almost derelict for some years, the building was more recently restored as a centre for the local community. It is a grade II* listed building.

The village also contains the slight remains of what was thought to be a simple motte and bailey castle founded by Gilbert de Clare in the 12th century. Recent excavations by Lampeter University have shown that it was far more complex than this and it is now suggested that between the middle of the 6th century and the end of the 9th century this was once the site of the royal llys or hall complex of the Ceredigion kings and princes and that some of the earthworks at least are the remains of this. The llys was the centre of estates held by Welsh aristocrats of Trawsgoed both secular and ecclesiastical as they are identified in the Welsh laws and elsewhere.

The grade II listed chapel of St. John the Baptist in its present form dates from 1897. From 1866 up to 1965, Ystrad Meurig was served by the Strata Florida Railway Station, on the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line - which had originally been proposed as a part of the Manchester and Milford Railway. Samuel Lewis reported that the population of the village was 109 in 1833.

  1. "Community population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved13 May 2015.
  2. "Edward Richard Old Grammar School, Ystrad Meurig". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved18 December 2013.

Ystrad Meurig
Ystrad Meurig Language Watch Edit Ystrad Meurig or Ystradmeurig is a village and community in Ceredigion Wales It lies on the B4340 road northwest of the town of Tregaron on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains Ystrad MeurigYstrad MeurigLocation within CeredigionPopulation353 2011 1 OS grid referenceSN706675 Cardiff90 mi 140 km SECommunityYstrad MeurigPrincipal areaCeredigionCeremonial countyDyfedCountryWalesSovereign stateUnited KingdomPost townYSTRAD MEURIGPostcode districtSY25Dialling code01974PoliceDyfed PowysFireMid and West WalesAmbulanceWelshUK ParliamentCeredigionSenedd Cymru Welsh ParliamentCeredigionList of places UK Wales Ceredigion52 17 34 N 3 53 56 W 52 292774 N 3 898910 W 52 292774 3 898910 Coordinates 52 17 34 N 3 53 56 W 52 292774 N 3 898910 W 52 292774 3 898910History and amenities Edit Edward Richard s Schoolhouse Ystrad Meurig was the site of a Grammar School founded by Edward Richard 1714 1777 in about 1734 It subsequently offered pupils a course which included significant elements of Classics and Divinity The school was thereby enabled to provide a basic training for many Welsh language speakers who wished to enter the ordained ministry being one of the few establishments licensed for the purpose by the Bishop of St David s Several former pupils were later to achieve considerable distinction within the Welsh church This arrangement continued until the 1820s when the existing school was finally superseded by a newly established college which has since been transformed into the current University of Wales Lampeter The Grammar School at Ystrad Meurig later reverted to a more modest status as a school for the village and for the surrounding area although it eventually adopted the name St John s College before finally closing in 1973 After lying almost derelict for some years the building was more recently restored as a centre for the local community It is a grade II listed building 2 The village also contains the slight remains of what was thought to be a simple motte and bailey castle founded by Gilbert de Clare in the 12th century Recent excavations by Lampeter University have shown that it was far more complex than this and it is now suggested that between the middle of the 6th century and the end of the 9th century this was once the site of the royal llys or hall complex of the Ceredigion kings and princes and that some of the earthworks at least are the remains of this The llys was the centre of estates held by Welsh aristocrats of Trawsgoed both secular and ecclesiastical as they are identified in the Welsh laws and elsewhere The grade II listed chapel of St John the Baptist in its present form dates from 1897 From 1866 up to 1965 Ystrad Meurig was served by the Strata Florida Railway Station on the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line which had originally been proposed as a part of the Manchester and Milford Railway Samuel Lewis reported that the population of the village was 109 in 1833 References Edit Community population 2011 Neighbourhood Statistics Office for National Statistics Retrieved 13 May 2015 Edward Richard Old Grammar School Ystrad Meurig British Listed Buildings Retrieved 18 December 2013 External links Editwww geograph co uk photos of Ystrad Meurgig and surrounding area Map sources for Ystrad Meurig Lewis Samuel A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833 p 445 Parish of Ystrad Meurig map Archaeological Sites at Ystrad Meurig Lampeter University Excavations Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Ystrad Meurig amp oldid 1040189819, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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