Hunt & Co.'s Directory, 1849
... castle, which are in a high state of preservation, furnishing a pleasing object to both artist and antiquary, and cannot fail to attract the attention of the tourist. There are no manufactures here, but one mile from the town are tin works, propelled by water power, and capable of producing 300 boxes of tin per week. In the neighbourhood copper and lead ores are found, and at Pembrey, 4 miles distant, are extensive coal works. Kidwelly is within the jurisdiction of the duchy of Lancaster, and was incorporated in the reign of Henry VI. The government is vested in a recorder, 2 magistrates - one of whom is the mayor - 12 aldermen, and 12 common councilmen. Sessions of the peace (apart from the county), are held quarterly, and the mayor holds a court every fortnight in which actions of debt may be tried for any amount under £200.
The church is a handsome edifice, and there are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, and Calvinists. Friday is the market day, and fairs for cattle, &c. are held on August 1st and October 29th. In 1841 the parish contained 1513 inhabitants. The South Wales railway, now progressing but slowly, will eventually come close to the town.
Post-Office - Post Mistress,
Julia Shankland. - Letters are delivered at 11.20 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Despatched
to London and all parts, except Llanelly and Glamorganshire, at 7 a.m.
Gentry, Clergy, &c.
Andrews, William, Arlais
Armstrong, Capt. Robt., Kidwelly
Armstrong, Francis Claud, Kidwelly
Davies, William, Penallt
Griffiths, Rev. Thomas (vicar), Kidwelly
Humphreys, Rev. David, Kidwelly
Jones, Rev. David, Kidwelly
Maliphant, Henry, Kidwelly
Maliphant, Richard, Kidwelly
Rees, Edward, Glen Morva
Roberts, Mrs. Ann, Kidwelly
Roberts, John, Broadley
Stephens, Evan, Burton
Stone, Robert, Trimsaran
Stephens, George, Kidwelly
Thomas, Miss Elizabeth, Kidwelly
Griffiths, William (& nail maker)
Boot and Shoemakers
Cole, George Stephen
Collins, James (& wheelwright)
Morgan, David (& wheelwright)
Randell, James (& glazier)
Chemist and Druggist
Istance, John (& stationer &, seedsman)
Dealers in Sundries
Marked thus * are also Drapers
*Thomas, Jane, Bridge street
Inns and public
Castle, Thomas John
Cobourg, Morris Mary Hope & Anchor, Randell Mary
Pelican Inn, (commercial), Blathwayt, Edmund
Humphreys, Thomas, Dan-y-lan
Thomas, Thomas (& land agent)
National, master, Richards, Wm.
Williams, David, Arlais
Bowen, Thomas (& mineral), Aqueduct cottage
Thomas, John (& land agent)
Hughes, Thomas, jun.
Downman, Henry Herbert, Kidwelly Tin Works
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