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Lower Teifi Valley Historic Landscape Characterisation

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Pasture fields separated by overgrown hedges on the floodplain characterise the Afon Teifi: Cenarth – Newcastle Emlyn historic landscape character area. There are no buildings or other structures.

Afon Teifi: Cenarth – Newcastle Emlyn

The older part of Cenarth historic landscape character area lies to the south of the historic bridge over the Teifi and comprises a loose cluster of mainly 18th and 19th century stone buildings. Most modern development lies to the north of the bridge.

Cenarth

The Afon Teifi: Llechryd – Cenarth historic landscape character area consists of fields and overgrown hedges across approximately 7 km of floodplain. A timber yard and a walled garden are the only structures in this character area.

Afon Teifi: Llechryd – Cenarth

Fields, dispersed farms, deciduous woodland and coniferous plantions, much on fairly steep north-facing slopes, characterise the Gellydywyll historic landscape character area. Farms are generally large, and include the 19th century model farm of Gelligatti.

Gellydywyll

Abercych is a 19th century industrial linear village spaced along a minor road on a steep valley side. Older buildings date to the 19th century and are stone-built. Modern housing infills the gaps between these older structures.

Abercych

Plas-y-Berllan is an agricultural historic landscape character area lying on the south side of the Afon Teifi. Buildings of the dispersed farms and houses mainly date to the second half of the 19th century and are of stone. Hedges on banks form the boundaries to the fields. Steeper slopes are covered with deciduous woodland with a little coniferous plantation.

Plas-y-Berllan

Dispersed farms set in a landscape of pasture fields and deciduous woodland on the north side of the Afon Teifi characterise the Llandygwydd historic landscape character area. Older buildings range from Georgian gentry houses to cottages. All are stone-built and most date to the 19th century.

Llandygwydd

A cluster of 19th century stone-built houses and chapels immediately north of a 17th century bridge over the Afon Teifi forms the core of Llechryd historic landscape character area. Modern houses and other buildings lie on the village fringe.

Llechryd

Small fields bounded by overgrown hedges and dispersed farms are the main components of Croes-y-Llan historic landscape character area. Small farms evenly spaced along the main A484 road are a feature of this landscape.

Croes-y-Llan

Coedmore historic landscape character area essentially consists of the Georgain Coedmore mansion, its park and gardens, with surrounding deciduous woodland and coniferous plantations.

Coedmore

A Georgian mansion, its surrounding park and gardens, other estate buildings such as lodges, stable and service yards, and a home farm are the main elements of Castell Malgwyn historic landscape character area.

Castell Malgwyn

The Cilgerran Gorge historic landscape character area consists of that part of the Afon Teifi valley that narrows before entering the tidal zone. Valley sides are steep and heavily wooded. No inhabited buildings are included, although several extensive old stone quarries are located on the south side of the gorge.

Cilgerran Gorge

Historically a town, Cilgerran is essentially a liner settlement of mainly 19th century stone-built houses and the ruins of a large medieval castle.

Cilgerran

Although rarely over 100m wide, the Cardigan Island and Coastal Strip historic landscape character area consists of over 5km of hard rock sea cliff and rough ground along the cliff top.

Cardigan Island and Coastal Strip

The Coastal Strip – Popitt to Newport historic landscape character area contains 19km of high, hard rock sea cliff and cliff top. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs along the marginal land of the narrow coastal strip.

Coastal Strip – Popitt to Newport

Pentood Marsh historic landscape character area lies at the upper tidal limits of the Afon Teifi. It is now a nature reserve. An old railway that crosses the marsh has been converted to a footpath.

Pentood Marsh

Focused upon the remains of a medieval castle and bridge over the Afon Teifi, Cardigan is a complex urban landscape. Towards the end of the 19th century brick replaces stone as the main building material. There is extensive modern development on the fringes of the historic town core.

Cardigan

St Dogmaels is an old, unplanned settlement centred on the remains of a ruined abbey. Houses date mainly to the 19th century, and while many are stucco over stone or brick, a significant number are of banded stone.

St Dogmaels

Scrub over wind-blown sand and 20th century houses, bungalows, caravan park, golf club and yacht park are the main components of the Towyn Burrows and Gwbert historic landscape character area.

Towyn Burrows and Gwbert

The extensive Crossway – Glanpwllafon historic landscape character area is overwhelmingly agricultural, with farms ranging from small gentry holdings with Georgian houses to cottages. Hedges on banks bound fields, which are larger and more regular than normal for the lower Teifi valley.

Crossway – Glanpwllafon

Situated on a very exposed west-facing coastal slope, Tre-Rhys is a treeless agricultural historic landscape characterised by dispersed farms and fields bounded by low, windswept hedges on high banks.

Tre-Rhys

Cippyn historic landscape character area lies at the extreme western end of the Teifi valley. It is exposed to westerly gales. Consequently settlements and woodland are confined to slopes affording some shelter. Stone and rubble banks topped with windswept hedges bound fields.

Cippyn

Ferwig is an agricultural historic landscape character area lying at the extreme western end of the Teifi valley. Dispersed farms set in fields characterise this area. Many of the buildings are modern, and there is some clustering of modern and 19th century houses at Ferwig village.

Ferwig

 

 

 

 

Project contact: Ken Murphy

 

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