Llechryd Bridge over the River Teifi and the entrance to Castell Malgwyn.
Llechryd shown within Ceredigion
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The name Llechryd derives from the Welsh for "Slate Ford" ("Llech + Rhyd"), as slate was once extracted from nearby quarries. The canal (never a canal in the conventional sense but purely a water supply channel and which has since been filled in) was used to transport fresh water to a tin works which used to stand near the Castell Malgwyn stable block. These works were closed in the late 18th century by the owner, Sir Benjamin Hammet.
The village is approximately two miles long, and includes the Llechryd Cricket & Tennis Club , Robert Davies Motors , a water treatment facility, Llechryd General Store the village shop, the local pubs the Carpenter's Arms (inn)  and the Seven Stars (for some time a guest house but now open as an inn again), Llechryd primary school and St Tydfil's church. The church was built in 1854 to replace the older Church of the Holy Cross near the bridge which had to be abandoned due to persistent flooding. Another notable church nearby is Manordeifi Old Church, near the far end of the "canal" road. It is preserved as it was in the early 19th century.
The river Teifi is tidal and was navigable by lighters as far as Llechryd until the 1840s, when careless working of the slate quarries resulted in severe choking of the Cilgerran Gorge, causing the flooding for which the area is now known and moving the navigable (in all but the smallest boats/canoes) tidal limit downstream of Cilgerran Castle.
Most of the village has been built along the A484 going down into the valley, although some estates branch off the road.
The River Teifi is crossed at Llechryd by an ancient Drovers' road bridge which can be wholly submerged by the river at times of high flood (see below). The current structure was built in the 17th century. It was damaged in 2005 by a large flood.
Because certain parts of the village are close to the River Teifi, floods happen fairly regularly during Winter months. The first flood of 2007 was on the 5th of March, in which the bridge was flooded, meaning inhabitants wishing to cross the bridge would have to go to Cardigan and then through Cilgerran in order to circumvent the flood.
Teifi Trout Association
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Llechrhyd and surrounding area
- http://www.teifi-inn-accommodation.co.uk (Carpenters Arms)
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