Post Office Directory, 1871

KIDWELLY is an ancient borough, market town, parish and railway station in Llanelly union and county court district, hundred of Kidwelly, county of Carmarthen; rural deanery and archdeaconry of Carmarthen and diocese of St. Davids: it is situated on the mainline of the South Wales sectlon of the Great Western Railway, about half a mile from the bay of: Carmarthen at the junction of the rivers Gwendraeth fach and Gwendraeth fawr. The government of the borough is vested in a corporation under the jurisdiction of the Duchy of Laneaster, consisting of a mayor, 12 aldermen and 12 burgesses. Petty sessions are held monthly; quarter sessions are also held. The church of St, Mary is a very ancient Gothic stone building, consisting of chancel, nave, one aisle, two transepts, porch, and tower and spire containing 4 bells: there is a monument to Prior Gilfrida Coker, obit.1301 and one to Hugh Fisher, esq. The register dates from the year 1586. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £140, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held by the Rev. Thomas Griffiths. There is a British school for boys and girls; and chapels for the Baptist, Calvinistic Methodist, Independent and Wesleyan denominations. The market is held on Friday and there is a large hiring fair on the 29th October and others of minor importance held during the year. There are some very extensive ruins of a castle, supposed to have been built in the 12th century. The extensive tin works of Messrs. Chivers are about a mile from the town, and there are several collieries in the locality: A plentiful supply of very pure water is provided by a spring in immediate proximity to the town Earl Cawdor is lord of the manor. Lord Dynevor, Mr. Colby, and Mrs. Brigstocke are the principal landowners. The area is 5,170 acres; gross estimated rental, £7,112; rateable value, £6,374; and the population in 1881 was 1,652, and is now about 2,000. The chief crops are wheat, roots, barley and oats.

FERRYSIDE is a village in the parish of St. Ishmael, about 4 miles west and is situated on the south-east bank of the river Towy; it has recently attained some importance as a resort for visitors in the summer season on account of its pleasant situation in Carmarthen bay. The church of St. Ishmael, situated midway between Kidwelly and Ferryside, is a handsome stone building, restored in 1861: it consists of chancel and nave and contains several handsome stained glass windows. The register dates from the year 1560. The living is a vicarage, with the chapel of Llansaint annexed, joint yearly value £136, with residence and 60 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held by the Rev: Owen Jones, M.A., of Jesus College, Oxford. The church of St. Thomas (Ferryside) is a chapel of ease to St. Ishmael; it is a small plain building; the Rev. G. H. Davies, is curate.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE, Post Office Savings Bank & Government Annuity & Insurance & Telegraph Office, Kidwelly.
Mrs. Eliza Thomas, postmistress
Letters from London & all parts 5.20 a.m.
Down North Mail 11.15 a.m.
Pembroke, Carmarthen &c 2.40 p.m.
Pembroke, Carmarthen &c 7.0 p.m.


Pembroke, Carmarthen &c 11.0 a.m.
Up North Mail 2.20 p.m.
London & all parts 6.0 p.m.
Carmarthen, Pembroke &c 9.0 p.m.

POST & MONEY ORDER OFFICE, Post Office Savings Bank & Telegraph Office (Railway Sub-office), Ferryside. Herbert Williams, postmaster. Letters arrive at 5.15 & 10.30 am. dispatched at 11.51 am. & 6.37 p.m.

Lancashire Fire & Life, David Thomas Morris
London & Lancashire, William Glencross
Norwich & London Accidental, David Thomas Morris
Plate Glass Assurance, David Thomas Morris
Provincial Fire & Life, David Thomas Morris
Queen, David Thomas Morris

Mayor, John Davids, esq.
Justice of the Peace, Jacob Chivers, esq.
Recorder, Sir Vaughan Williams
Deputy Recorder, Mansel Rees, esq., Llanelly
Town Clerk, George Spurrell, esq., Carmarthen
Chamberlain, Thomas Morgan, esq.
Town Surveyor, Daniel Anthony esq.
Inland Revenue Officer, James Nichol
Collector of Rates &Taxes, Richard Thomas
Town Crier & Usher of the Court, George Davies
Parish Clerk, William Richards

St. Mary's, Kidwelly, Rev. Thomas Griffiths, vicar
St. Ishmael, Ferryside, Rev. Owen Jones, M.A. vicar
St. Thomas, Ferryaide, Rev. G. H. Davies, curate

Baptist (Welsh), Kidwelly, Rev. John Reynolds, minister
Baptist (Welsh), Ferryside, ministers various
Calvinistic Methodist (Welsh), Kidwelly, ministers various
Calvinistic Methodist (Welsh), Ferryaide, ministers various
Independent (Welsh), Kidwelly, Rev. William Castella Jenkins, minister
Independent (Welsh), Ferryside, Rev. John Griffiths, minister
Wesleyan (English)
, Kidwelly, Rev. Jabez Chambers, minister
Wesleyan (Welsh), Kidwelly, Rev. John Evans, minister

National (mixed), Ferryside, Thomas Newbery, master
British, Kidwelly, David Nicholas, master

Great Western Railway, Kidwelly, Henry Dugmore, station master
Ferryside, Thomas Rees, station master

Mrs. Ann Bunyan from her own house, every Saturday, returning same day

Private Residents

Alban, Rev. Evan, Pontyeats
Andrews, William, Lady street
Beynon, Mrs
Bowen, Owen, Pontyeats
Bright, Alfred, Penged hill
Brown, Rowley, Castle street
Brown, Walter, Castle street
Chamberlain, Capt. P. Hall
Chambers, Rev. Jabez, [Wesleyan]
Chivers, Jacob, Velindre
Chivers, Thomas, Velindre
Davids, John [mayor], Lady street
Davies, Edward Morris, Uplands
Edmonds, Misses, Lady street
Edward, Thomas, Penallt
Evans, Rev. John, [Wesleyan]
Evans, Mrs., Rumsey house
Griffiths, Rev. Thomas, [vicar]
Griffiths, David, Orchard villa
Humphreys, William Edward
James, James, Pengay
Jenkins, Rev. William Castella [Independent]
Jennings, Richard, Gellydeg
Jones, Rev. David, Llangendeirne
Knight, Joseph, Orchard villa
Morris, Mrs., Lady street
Owen, Rev. Richard Wm., Llandefeilog
Price, David, Glanmorlais
Reynolds, Rev. John, [Baptist]
Robert, John G.
Smith, Captain Herbert Forest
Stephens, Evan, Bertwn
Thompson, Astley, Glyn Abbey
Thompson, John Dudley, Pinged hill
Williams, Peter, Broadlay
Wright, Thomes

Anthony, Daniel, surveyor of roads
Anthony, David, farmer, Penlan
Arnold, Elizabeth (Miss), draper & grocer
Bowen, William, farmer, Llachdunny
Bunyan, Thomas, tailor
Carway Collieries, (Ridley Henderson, manager)
Chapel, Henry, Castle, & stone mason
Chapel, William, carpenter
Chivers, J. & Son, iron & tin plate manufacturers,
Kidwelly tin works & at Aberdare
Combie, Hugh, lime burner & mining engineer
Daniel, William, Plough, & tailor
Davies, David, boot & shoe maker
Davies, David, Lamb & Flag
Davies, David, stone mason
Davies George, stone mason
Evans, David, wheelwright
Eynon Ann (Mrs.), Green Alley
Fredericks & Jenner, fire brick manufacturers (PatrickConliff, manager)
George, Thomas, tailor
Glencross, William, chemist
Gravell, William, Prince of Wales
Griffiths, Thomas, grocer & draper
Henderson, Ridley, mining engineer & colliery manager
Herbert, Thomas, Lord Nelson
Hughes, David, Bell
Hughes, David, blacksmith
Hughes, Elizabeth (Miss), milliner
Hughes, Elizabeth (Mrs.), grocer
Hughes, John, tailor
Hughes, Mary (Mrs.), grocer
Humphreys, William Edward, surgeon
Jenkins, David, Railway tavern
Jenkins, John, grocer
Jenkins, Mary (Mrs.), grocer
John, David, boot & shoe maker
Jones, Mary Ann (Miss), milliner
Kidwelly Reading Rooms
(J. Dudley Thompson, president; David Thomas Morris secretary & treasurer)
Lloyd, Thomas, tailor
Maliphant Ann (Mrs.), boot & shoe maker
Maliphant, John, stone mason
Maliphant, William, stone mason
Morgan, David, wheelwright
Morgan John, farmer, Garreg
Morgan, Richard, carpenter
Morris, David Thomas, auctioneer, suveyor, valuer & estate agent
Morris, John,
Nicholas, James, inland revenue officer
Pughsley, William. John, chemical manufacturer, Glanmorfa house
Randell, Francis, builder
Randell, William, builder
Rees, William, blacksmith
Reynolds, David, stone mason
Reynolds, George, grocer & stone mason
Reynolds, John, grocer
Reynolds, John, sculptor
Richards, Elias, colliery surveyor
Rowlands, J. New inn, & boot & maker
Shankland, Rees, draper, grocer & ironmonger
Smith & Bowen, colliery proprietors; Forest collieries
Stephens, Mary (Mrs.), Masons' Arms
Thomas, Ann (Mrs.), grocer
Thomas, Ann (Mrs.), Pelican
Thomas, David, carpenter
Thomas David, stone mason
Thomas, James, Colliers' Arms
Thomas, Jane (Miss), draper & grocer
Thomas John, carpenter
Thomas, Richard, builder & rate collector, Causewey street
Thomas, Thomas, Greyhound
Tytherleigh, John, market gardener
Walters, Agnes (Mrs.), grocer & stationer
Walters, Wm. White Lion, & carpenter
Walters, William, carpenter
Wild, John, stone mason
Williams, Peter, surgeon, Broadlay

Private Residents

Burgmann, Charles, Brondeg
Carlisle, O.L.
Carew, Captain Francis
Carver, William
Cole, John
Cross, Captain John Wm. Arengo, J.P.
Davies, Richard, Maindy cottage
Dyer, Mrs.
Evans, David
Gwyn, Misses
John, Richard
Jones, Rev. Owen M.A. [vicar of St. Ishmael's]
Jones, Mrs. Trepenha
Leeds, Captain W. Montague
Lloyd, Mrs., Brondeg
Muller, Robert Rest
Parks, Hamilton
Richards, Colonel Charles James
Risley, John Barber, Brondeg
Roe, Miss
Stephens, Captain John
Williams, Hugh
Williams Mrs. Portiscliff

Edwards, Samuel & Son, butchers
Edwards, Henry grocer
Evans, George, boot & shoe maker
Hart, Elizabeth (Mrs.), White Lion
James, Thomas, grocer
Job, John, Mariners inn
Ladd, John, Ship
Lloyd, Cathrn. (Mrs.), Railway tavern
Matthias, William, builder
Phillips, WiIliam, draper
Rees, Thomas, grocer
Thomas, Louisa (Mrs.), Pelican
Voyle, William, grocer
Williams, Herbert, draper & grocer, & post office
Williams, Thomas, Railway inn

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