[Worrall's Directory, 1875]


KIDWELLY is an ancient corporate and market, town, in the hundred of its name, parish of Saint Mary, and county of Carmarthen, 225 miles w. from London, 19 n.w. from Swansea, 9 miles from Carmarthen, and 8 n.w. from Llanelly. This town is situated on the river Gwendraeth fach, about half a mile from its junction with the sea, in Carmarthen bay, and about 4 miles from the port of Pembrey, where are extensive collieries and smelting works.

The Gwendraeth Valley Mineral Railway connects the port with the extensive Anthracite collieries in the Pontyberem district. The quay is convenient and the harbour safe, and vessels of considerable burthen can come close up to the wharf. Copper and lead ores are found in the neighbourhood. The Kidwelly canal and the South Wales section of the Great Western line pass contiguous to the town, and furnish every facility for transmitting the produce of the district to various parts.

The town consists principally of one spacious street containing some good houses, and its general appearance is clean and neat. Kidwelly is included in the Llanelly circuit of towns under the County Court Act, for the recovery of debts not exceeding £50 and sessions are held here quarterly, independent of those for the county.

The parish church of Saint Mary is a handsome structure: the living, a vicarage, is in the gift of the Crown. There are chapels for Baptists, Presbyterians, English and Welsh Methodists, and British and national schools also are in the town.

The markets, which are well supplied, are held on Wednesdays and Fridays. Fairs: August 3rd, October 29th, and first Monday in December. The parish contained in 1871, 2,072.

FERRY SIDE is a village in the parish of SAINT ISHMAEL, 4 miles from Kidwelly, and 7½ from Carmarthen, on the south-eastern bank of the river Towy, which separates it from the village of Llanstephan. It has risen into considerable notice as a watering place, and during the season many are attracted to this well adapted place for sea bathing. Population in 1871, 1,323.

POST OFFICE, Kidwelly; Eliza Thomas, Postmistress.—Letters from Gloucester, Bristol, Cardiff, Newport, Britonferry, Taibach, Neath, Bridgend, Llanelly, London, and Exeter, east and west, arrive at 5.30 a.m., and are despatched at 6 p.m. Letters from Gloucester, Swansea, Llanelly, and the north, arrive at 11 a.m., and are despatched at 2.20 p.m. Letters from Carmarthen arrive at 7 p.m., and are despatched at 4.30 a.m. Money Order Office, Telegraph Office, and Savings Bank.

POST OFFICE, Ferry Side; Herbert Williams, Postmaster.—Letters from all parts arrive at 5 a.m., and are despatched at 6.37 p.m. Letters from Carmarthen arrive at 10 a.m. and are despatched at 11.16 a.m. Money Order Office and Savings Bank.


Places of Worship and their Ministers

St. Mary's, Lady street: Rev. Thos. Griffiths, vicar
St. Ishmael's, Ferry side: Rev. Owen Jones, vicar
St. Thomas', Ferryside: Rev. Owen Jones, vicar; Rev. D. Davies, curate
Llangendeirne: Rev. David Jones, vicar; Rev. J. H. Evans, curate
Llansaint: Rev. Owen Jones

Baptist—Llansaint: Ministers various
New street and Ferryside: Rev. J. H. Reynolds
Llandarry: Rev. T. James
Llangendeirne: Rev. William Jones
Independent—Pontyeats: Rev. Daniel Evans
Methodist (Welsh Calvinistic)—Kidwelly: Rev. D. Owen
Bethania: (Wesleyan)—Llangendeirne: Ministers various
(Welsh), Kidwelly: Rev. G. Gwillim
Kidwelly: Rev. J. Shrimpton
Presbyterian-Mount Pleasant: Rev. W. C. Jenkins


Miscellaneous Public Buildings, Offices, &c.
Petty Sessions Court, held at the Town Hall once a month:
George Spurrell, clerk to the magistrates
Quarter Sessions Court, Town Hall;
Mr. Justice Williams, recorder;
Mansel Rees, Esq., Llanelly, deputy recorder
Town Hall, Lady street: Geo. Spurell, town clerk.


Conveyance by Railway
On the South Wales Line
Station, half a mile from Kidwelly: J. Bray, stationmaster
There is also a station at Ferry side, four miles distant; Henry Godwin, stationmaster


To Carmarthen: Ann Bunyan, every Saturday


Private Residents
Bright, Alfred Charles, Esq., J.P. Causey street
Brown, Mr. Walter J., Barbican Cottage, Kidwelly
Burgman, Charles F. Esq., Ferry side
Chamberlain, Hall Plumer, Esq., Plaswenallt
Chivers, Jacob, Esq., Felindre
Chivers, Thomas, Esq., Felindre
Combie, Mr. Hugh, Trimsaran
Davies, Mr. John, Lady street
de Ferry, Mons. L. Gaillard, Croft Cottage, Ferry side
Dulane, Dr., Marine Cliff, Ferry side
Duntze, Alexander, Esq., Lletherllestry
Evans, David, Esq., Lotina Cottage, Ferry side
Evans, Rev. J. H. Pontyeats
Evans, Thomas William Angel, Esq., J.P. Rumsey House
Evans, Mr. William, Marine Cliff, Ferry side
Griffiths, Rev. D., Llanddarog
Griffiths, Rev. Thomas, Bridge street
Humphreys, The Misses. Marine Cliff, Ferry side
Humphreys, William E. Esq., Bridge House
Hurst, Mrs. Ann, Causeway street
Jenkins, Rev. W. C., Ferry road
John, Captain, Ferry side
Jones, Rev. David, Llangendeirne
Jones, Mr. Eben, Marine Cliff, Ferry side
Jones, Rev. Owen, Ferry side
Lloyd, Mrs., Brondeg villa
Maliphant, Richard, Esq., Lady st.
Morgan, Mrs. Myrtle Cottage, Llanddarog
Morris, Mrs. Sarah, Ferry side
Nevill, W. H., Esq., J.P. Roberts Rest, Ferry side
Parry, Mrs. D., Steel villa, Ferry side
Peel, Mrs., Rock Cottage, Ferry side
Pughsley, Mr. William John, Arlais
Reynolds, Rev. George, Kidwelly
Reynolds, Rev. John, Kidwelly
Richards, Col. J. C., Marine Cliff, Ferry side
Risley, John B., Esq. Ferry side
Rowe, Miss, Ferry aide
Shrimpton, Rev. Joseph, Lady street
Stephens, Evan, Esq., Burton
Stephens, Capt., Holcwm, Ferry side
Stokes, The Misses -, Kidwelly
Thomas, Miss, Tripenhad, Ferry side
Thompson, Astley, Esq., J.P. Glyn Abbey
Thompson, John D., Esq., Pinged hill, Kidwelly
Threlfald, Edward, Esq., Marine Cliff, Ferry side
Tregoning, James, Esq., Iscoed, Ferry side
Tytherleigh, Mr. Jno., Bridge street
Vaughan, the Misses, Bridge street
Williams, Mrs. Hamlyn, Marine Cliff, Ferry side
Williams, Hugh, Esq., Cobden villa, Marine Cliff., Ferry side


Auctioneers and Valuers
Anthony, Isaac, Dynevor Lodge, Cross Hands, near Llanelly
Morris, D. T., Bridge street


Griffiths, William, Kidwelly
Griffiths, William, Pontantwn, Kidwelly
Harries, John, Lan Saint
Hughes, David, Kidwelly
Hughes, William, Kidwelly
Jenkins, Daniel, Broadlay
Rees, David, Porthyrhyd
Rees, David, Kidwelly
Wilkins, John, Ferry side
Williams, John, Kidwelly


Boot and Shoe Makers
Evans, David, Ferry side
Johns, David, Lady street
Lewis, William, Llanddarog
Phillips, Jonathan, Ferry side
Phillips, William E., Ferry side
Rowlands, John, Kidwelly
Samuel, David, Llangddarog
Thomas, David, Llangendeirne
Thomas, Evan, Kidwelly
Thomas, Jas., Pontantwn, Kidwelly
Thomas, John, Lan Saint
Wilkins, James, Lady street


Edwards, Daniel, Ferry side
Edwards, Samuel, Ferry side
Gower, Anne, Kidwelly
Gower, John, Lady street
Gower, William, Kidwelly
Hughes, David, Lady street
Thomas, Hugh, Ferry side


Carpenters and Joiners
Marked thus * are also Builders:
*Davies, David, Ferry side
Evans, David, Mount pleasant
Goodwin, H. W., Ferry side
Gower, Thomas, Lan Saint
Jenkins, John, Ferry side
John, Robert, Shoe lane
*Lloyd, John, Ferry side
Morgans, Richard, Lady street
*Randall, Francis, Causey street
Randall, William, Causey street
Thomas, Thomas, Llanddarog
*Thomas, William, Lady street
*Waters, William, Causey street


Coal Merchants
Anthony, John, Kidwelly
Jenkins, David, Kidwelly
Protheroe, William, Kidwelly


Colliery Proprietors
Jenkins, Arthur & Co, Ponthewy


see after Miscellaneous


Davies, Alfred, Ferry side
Davies, David, Ferry side
Davies, Wm., Ferry side
Fisher, John, Ferry side
Jones, Ann, Kidwelly
Jones, Edwin, Ferry side
Jones, Elizabeth, Kidwelly
Jones, Mary, Kidwelly
Williams, David, Ferry side


Grocers and Drapers
Anthony, Margaret, Ferry side
Arnold, Elizabeth, Lady st.
Bowen, William, Lan Saint
Charles, Jane, Ferry side.
Davies, Emma, Ferry side
Edwards & Jones, Ferry side
Evans, Wm., Pontyeats, Kidwelly
Griffiths, David, Station road
Griffiths, Thomas, Bridge street
Harries, Thomas, Llanddarog
James, Emma, Ferry side; and
Wine & Spirit Vaults; agent for Kinloch's "Catalan"
Jenkins, John, New street.
John, Jane, Bridge street
Jones, David, Pontantwn, Kidwelly
Lewis, David, Llanddarog
Michael, Miss, Porthyrhyd
Morgans, Anne, Bridge street
Phillips, Wm. E., draper, Eva terr.
Rees, John, Lan Saint
Rees, Thomas, Ferry side
Rees, Wm., Minke, Kidwelly
Reynolds, George, Bridge street
Reynolds, John, Bridge street
Samuel, David, Llanddarog
Shankland Margaret, (and ironmonger), Bridge street
Thomas, A., Lady street
Thomas, Joseph, Llangendeirne
Voyle, Wm., Ferry side
Waters, Agnes, Bridge street
Williams, Herbert, (& ironmonger), Kidwelly
Williams, Margaret, Llangendeirne


Inns and Public Houses
Abadam Arms: Morgan Anthony, Porthyrhyd
Bell Inn: David Hughes
Black Horse: John Morris, Glyn
Boot & Shoe Inn: E. Maliphant
Bridge End: David Thomas, Glyn
Bridge End: David Davies, Poatyeats, Kidwelly
Bridge End: David Davies, Pontantwn
Butchers' Arms: Thomas Harries, Llanddarog
Butchers' Arms: Thomas Lewis, Porthyrhyd
Carpenters' Arms: Thomas Gower, Lan Saint
Castle: Henry Chappell, Bridge street
Cawdor Arms: Evan Thomas, Bridge street
Chemical Hall: Wm. Glencross
Corporation Arms: Wm. Morris
Cwm Mill: Walter Rees, Ferry side
Elephant: John Wild, Bridge st.
Farmers' Arms: Evan Wilkins, Ferry side
Four Roads: David Rees, Glyn
Green Alley: Thomas Evans, Kidwelly
Greyhound: Thos. Thomas, Lady street
Half-way House: Daniel Bowen, Llangendeirne
Joiners' Arms: Thos. Gower, Lan saint
Kidwelly Arms: John John. .
King's Arms: Elizabeth Gower, Lan Saint
Lamb and Flag: John Williams, Kidwelly
Macnamara Arms: Isaac Jones, Pontyeats
Maesgwilem Arms: Thomas Owen, Pontyeats
Mariners: Miss Eliza Anthony, Ferry side
Masons' Arms: Mary Stephens, Kidwelly
Nelson: John Gower, Lady street
Nelson: John Williams, Porthyrhyd
New Inn: John Rowlands, Bridge street
Pelican: Ann Thomas, Bridge st.
Pelican: Lydia Thomas, Ferry side
Penybank Tavern : Evan Charles, Ferry side
Phoenix Inn: Agnes Waters, Bridge street
Pontyeats: John Bowen, Pontyeats
Prince Saxe Coburg: David Rees, Porthyrhyd
Quarry Arms: John Jones, Minke
Railway Tavern: Caroline Lloyd, Ferry side
Railway: David Jenkins, Station road, Kidwelly
Red Lion: John Jenkins, Llangeadeirne
Red Lion: Hannah Jones, Glyn
Rwyth: Wm. Jenkins, Pontyeats
Ship Inn: Henry Ladd, Ferryside
Smiths' Arms: Thomas Evans, Cwmclydach
Smiths' Arms: Elizabeth Aaron, Llangendeirne
Square and Compass: John Job, Glyn
Victoria Inn: Richard Bowen, Pontyeats
White Hart: Thomas Thomas, Llanddarog
White Lion: Wm. Walters, Bridge street
White Lion: W. H. Mathias, Ferry side
White Lion: John Davies, Llanddarog


Insurance Offices & Agents
Lancashire: D. T. Morris, Kidwelly
Sovereign Life: D. T. Morris


Lime Burners
Bowen, Wm., Llangendeirne
Jones & Morris, Llangendeirne
Jones, David, Llangendeirne
Richards, Joseph, Llangendeirne
Williams, John, Llangendeirne
Williams, William, Llangendeirne


Lodging Houses
Bowen, Sarah, Eva terrace, Ferry side
Burnhill, John, Ferry side
Davies, Emma, Ferry side
Dyer, Mrs., Marine cliff, Ferry side
Edwards, Ann, Ferry side
Edwards, John, Ferry side
Gravell, Catherine, Bridge street
Job, John, Ferry aide
Jones, Ann, Ferry side
Jones, Rachel, Eva terr, Ferry side
Mathias, William, Ferry side
Phillips, Jonathan, Ferry side
Pink, Sarah, Eva terr, Ferry side
Rees, Henry, Ferry side
Rees, Margaret, Ferry side
Thomas, Susan, Ferry side
Voyle, William, Ferry side
Williams, Mary, Lady street
Williams, William, Eureka villa, Ferry side


Evans, Herbert, Alltycadno, Llangendeirne
Evans, John, Alltycadno, Llangendeirne


Bowen, David, Glyn
Bowen, Richard, Llangendeirne
Davies, Evan, Llanpumpsaint
Davies, Henry, Pontarsais mill, Llanllawddog
Davies, John, Llanlliw mill, Llanarthney
Griffiths, Walter, Pontantwn
Jones, Evan, Llanfihangel-Rhos-y-corn
Morgan, William, Lhanfihangel-Rhos-y-corn
Rees & Evans, Pontantwn
Rees, Walter, Cwm mill, Ferry side
Richards, David, Llandefeilog
Tucker, John, Richert mill, Abernant
Walters, Morgan, Llanddarrog
Williams, Henry, Castle mill
Williams, Thos., Lower mill, Kidwelly


Milliners & Dressmakers
Evans, Mary, Bridge street
Hughes, Elizabeth, Bridge street


British & Foreign School, Kidwelly
David Nicholas, master
Evans, John, Bridge street

National Schools:-
Pontyeats: Thos. Davies, master
Prenged Hill, (new)
Llanddarog, (vacant)
Llangendeirne: William Evans, master
Parochial School, Ferry side: David John Davies, master


Stone Masons
Chappell, Richard, Bridge street
Chappell, Henry, Bridge street
Davies, George, Lady street
Edmonds, Richard, Llangendeirne
Edwards, John, Ferry side
Jones, Thomas, Llanddarog
Mathias, William, Ferry side
Reynolds, David, Kidwelly
Reynolds, John, Bridge street
Thomas, David, Kidwelly
Wild, John, Kidwelly


Humphreys, Wm. Evan, Kidwelly
Williams, Peter, Broadley, Ferry side


Jones, Wm., (highways), Kidwelly


Bunyan, Lewis, Kidwelly
Daniel, William, Plough
de Voy, John, Ferry side
George, Thomas, Mountain
Hughes, John & Son, Pengedhill
Jerkins, William, Ferry side
Lloyd, Thomas, Water street
Rees, Mary, Pontantwn


Tin & Terns Plate Manufacturers
Chivers, Jacob & Son, Kidwelly, and Spitty works, Llanelly


Woollen Factories and Weavers
Evans, John, Llangendeirne
Harris, William, Pontantwn
Rees, Jno., Dyrysgyrch, Llangendeirne
Thomas, Daniel, (weaver), Pontantwn


Arnold, John, tea dealer, Lady st
Bidulph, Geo, customhouse officer, Ferry side
Bolton, Mary Ann, dealer in ware, &c., New street
Bright, John, engineer, at Pengedhill
Davies, David, marine store dealer, Kidwelly
Davies, Evan, watch maker & town crier, Kidwelly
Davies, Geo., letter carrier, Ferry side
Dyke, George, plasterer, Ferry side
Evans, David, wheelwright, Mount pleasant
Evans, Eliza, fishmonger, Kidwelly
Fredericks & Jenner, fire brick makers,
Dinas Fire Brick Works, Kidwelly
Glencross, William, chemist and druggist, Bridge street
Grifths, David, seed and flour merchant, Station road
Hughes, Frances, baker, Kidwelly
John, William, cabinet maker, New street
Nicholas, John, tin-plate worker, Kidwelly
Rees, John, baker & flour merchant, Ferry side
Rogers, Francis, cooper, Kidwelly
Thomas, A., stationer, Lady street
Thomas, James, tea dealer, Lady street
Thomas, Richard, collector of taxes, Pengedhill
Thomas, William, pilot, Pengedhill
Waters, Agnes, news agent, Kidwelly
William Edward, mariner, Ferry side
Williams, Evan,corn factor, Kidwelly



Anthony, David, Penhill
Bowen, David, Lanlay
Davies, David, Parkgwyn
Davies, John, Cilfeithy
Gower, Edward, AlIt
Griffiths, Joshua, Pentre
Griffiths, William, Tyhir
Hughes, Thomas, Llwyngwyn
James, Daniel, Morfa
Jenkins, Richards, Gwarycoed
Jones, William, Penllwynteg
Owen, Francis Penymynydd
Prothero, David, Allt
Rees, William, Laburnam Cottage
Thomas, John, Cwmffynone
Walter, Thomas, Ysgyborucha. Kidwelly
Williams, David, Morfabach
Williams, Thomas, Caegwillt

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