Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion, a small village in the Teifi valley, stands 1 mile back from the river at the point where the Nant Bran comes down from the mountains. It holds a secure place in Welsh history as the spot where St David preached in AD. 519 to combat the Pelagian heresy. The big, rather bare church dedicated to St David stands on this mound. Bishop Bec of St David's established here in 1287 a college of a precentor and twelve presbyters. The building was originally cruciform, but the transepts were removed and the tower now looks somewhat top-heavy. The interior is pleasing. The modern statue of Dewi Sant (St David) is by Frederick Mancini. The long connection of the site with Celtic Christianity is proved by the presence of no fewer than five stones with Celtic crosses, some of them inscribed. In the West wall is a stone commemorating Idnert, the last Bishop of Llanbadarn-Fawr, who was murdered in AD. 720.
Mary Roberts, the great-great-grandmother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Torns Cabin, was born in Llanddewibrefi.
Across the Teifi is Pontllanio, the site of the Roman military station of Bremia. The fort stood on the river-bank near the point where the A485 runs alongside the old railway line. From Llanio the road North towards Aberystwyth follows the line of the old Roman road, known to Welsh tradition as Sam Helen. There are other stretches of Roman roads in Wales similarly named after Helen, who was claimed to be the Welsh wife of the usurper emperor Magnus Maximus. He denuded Britain of Roman troops in AD. 383 and, after setting up his court at Trèves was eventually slain. Helen (“Helen of the Legions”) was supposed to have returned to Wales, and was regarded as a saint. The line of the Roman road to the North runs from Llanio across to Llanbadarn-Fawr near Aberystwyth and to the Roman fort at Pennal in Merioneth. Some 3½ miles along the road South to Lampeter is Llanfair Clydogau, where three streams rejoicing in the name Clydogau come down from the hills. The Roman road, Sam Helen, crosses the hills from Farmers and comes down into the Teifi valley here, on its way to Pontllanio. There are traces of Roman mining for silver and lead. The church has been rebuilt, but stands in the midst of an oval, prehistoric earthwork.
Nearby towns: Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Lampeter
Nearby villages: Abermeurig, Blaenpenal, Bronant, Capel Bettws Lleucu, Caron Uwch, Cellan, Cilcennin, Cilycwm, Cribyn, Cwmann, Cynghordy, Ffaldybrenin, Gartheli, Llanbydder, Llanfair Clydogau, Llangeitho, Llangwyryfon, Llangybi, Llanon, Llanrhystud, Llansantffraid, Llanwnen, Llanybydder, Llanycrwys, Lledrod, Pencarreg, Pennant, Penuwch, Pontrhydfendigaid, Pumsaint, Rhandirmwyn, Rhydcymerau, Silian, Strata Florida, Talsarn, Temple Bar, Trefilan, Tregaron, Ystradffin, Ystradmeurig
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