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Llanon & Llansantffraed

Llanon’s pebble beach is backed by boulders with areas of sand exposed at low tide. However it is the history of this area that makes it very special to the people of Ceredigion. Llanon’s name stems from its association with Saint Non, the mother of St David, patron saint of Wales, whom was born about 500 AD and brought up here.

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Llanon History

The history of the village dates back to a charter of around 1215 showing that the Lord Rhys ap Grufudd gave the land to the Bishop of St David's. The land subsequently passed to the Cistercian monks of Strata Florida and the shoreline, like nearby Aberarth, still features their mediaeval fish traps near Llanon.

Meanwhile Llansantffraed church and land north of the river Peris was granted even earlier to the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem. Unusually this church is dedicated to another female saint namely St Bridget of Ireland reflecting the links and importance of trade across the Irish Sea.

The long stretch of level fertile land from Llanon to Llanrhystud was regularly used for growing barley, leading to plenty of illicit brewing in the early 1800s and perhaps a reason why many ship captains retired to build substantial houses in Llanon.

Discover more fascinating heritage, history and culture here.

Did you know?
​​A few miles inland from Llanon, the village Bethania is home to the famous blue bottle Ty Nant spring water. ​
  •  ​​Lifesaving equipment
  •  Dogs are welcome on this beach