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Grid reference: SN645703
Location: 52°18’53"N, 3°59’21"W
Post town: Aberystwyth
Postcode: SY23
Dialling code: 01974
Local Government
Council: Ceredigion

Lledrod is a village and parish in Cardiganshire. The village is situated on the A485 road from Llanilar to Tregaron, where it crosses the valley of the River Wyre. The parish is divided into Lledrod Isaf (Lower Lledrod) and Lledrod Uchaf (Upper Lledrod); Lledrod village is located in the former, Swyddffynnon village is situated in the latter.[1] The name 'Lledrod' is a contraction of name Llanfihangel-Lledrod, which is itself a corruption of Llanfihangel Llether-troed,[2] meaning 'the church of St Michael at the foot of the slope'.


The solid geology of the area comprises Silurian mudstone of the Borth Mudstone Formation, which are partially overlain by superficial deposits of glacial till (Devensian diamicton).[3]


Lledrod village

The 'llan' element of Llanfihangel-Lledrod suggests that the parish church was established in the early mediæval period. The nature of the settlement prior to the 18th century remains obscure, but by 1610 it was significant enough to be included on John Speed's map of Cardiganshire.[4]


The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Michael. The 'llan' element of the village's original name suggests that the church was founded in the early mediæval period. The present church was built in 1883.[5] There are a number of non-conformist chapels in Lledrod parish, one of which, Rhydlwyd Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, is located on the northern edge of the village. This denomination started meeting in 1745; the fist chapel was built c 1755, and rebuilt in 1783, 1809 and 1837. The present chapel was built in 1833 and rebuilt in 1899. The chapel remained open in 2006.[6]


A free grammar school was founded in the village in 1745 by the Rev. Thomas Oliver.[7] Ysgol Gynradd Lledrod (Lledrod Primary School) was built in 1877,[8] but is now closed. The nearest alternative school is Ysgol Gynradd Llanilar. The nearest school is Bronnant Primary school.

Notable residents

The poet Evan Evans (1731–1789) was born and died in Cynhawdref, Lledrod, and was buried in the churchyard of St Michael's church.[9]