The name means ‘Wooded Hill’. On 21st April 1713 George Lloyd of Alltycoed died. On 10th September 1714 Sydney Lloyd, widow of George Lloyd, lived here as did Erasmus Lloyd, their son. The deeds of Alltycoed date from 1741. In 1748 the name “Alltycoed” appears in Lewis Morris’ plan of Cardigan Bay, Bar & Harbour. In the early 19th Century Rees Rees, son of Daniel & Eleanor Rees of Gernos, moved to Alltycoed.
On 29th April 1818 Thomas Biddyr of Galltycoed wrote his will. He referred to his wife Ann Biddyr; sons David; Thomas; Griffith; and John Biddyr; daughter Ann Davies – wife of Theopilus Davies; daughters Margaret; Elizabeth; and Mary Biddyr; and grand-daughter Martha Biddyr – daughter of son John Biddyr. On July 13th 1823 David Benjamin, son of John & Martha Benjamin of Alltycoed, was baptised by the Vicar of St. Dogmaels. On 19th June 1839 David Williams of Alltycoed wrote his will. He referred to his eldest son John Williams of Moylegrove; daughter Mary Biddyr – wife of Thomas Biddyr of Alltycoed; son Daniel Williams; and son David Williams. On August 25th 1847 Griffith Biddyr of Alltycoed died aged 50. In 1851 the following persons lived here: Thomas Biddyr, 57, farmer of 61 acres; Mary Biddyr, 52; George Biddyr, 19; Thomas Biddyr, 17; Ann Biddyr, 15; Griffith Biddyr, 13; Mary Biddyr, 12; and Elizabeth Biddyr, 7. In 1854 “The Cardigan Harbour Improvement Company, in association with the Carmarthen & Cardigan Railway Company, planned a deep water harbour near here supplied by rail. On July 18th 1858 Thomas Biddyr of Alltycoed was buried at St Dogmaels having died aged 64.
On December 27th 1858 Thomas Rees, 30, mariner of Alltycoed married Margaret Davies of Pontrhydyceirt. In 1861 the following persons lived here: George Biddyr, 29, farmer; Mary Biddyr, 23; Griffith Biddyr, 24; Elizabeth Biddyr, 16; Dorothy Williams, 29, dress-maker, lodger: and two farm servants – Walter Lloyd, 49; and Henry Phillips, 14. On 24th January 1861 Martha Rees of Alltycoed, daughter of Rees and Mary Rees, died aged 18. On June 5th 1869 Maria Morris, wife of Griffith Morris of Alltycoed, died aged 36. In 1871 the following persons lived here: 1) Mary Davies, 30, seaman’s wife; Thomas Davies, 7, her son; and David E. Davies, 3, son; 2) John Biddyr, 89, widower, farmer of 30 acres; Mary Biddyr, 55, his daughter; and Elizabeth Watkins, 28, servant; 3) Griffith H. Biddyr, 32, farmer; William Lowe, 21, servant; and Mary Davies, 28, servant. On 18th April 1874 Mary Rees of Alltycoed died aged 69. On May 29th 1874 David Christmas Davies of Alltycoed was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 6 years. On August 17th 1874 Mary Anne Davies of Alltycoed was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 3. In 1875 Richard Rees was the farmer. On September 10th 1875 Joseph Thomas of Alltycoed died aged 27. On November 12th 1876 Richard Rees of Alltycoed died aged 78. On 12th November 1877 Rees Rees of Alltycoed died aged 63. On 20th July 1880 David Biddyr died here aged 99.
In 1881 the following persons lived at four properties here: 1): Griffith Biddyr, 40, farmer of 72 acres; Mary Biddyr, 34, his wife; Thomas G. Biddyr, 8, their son, scholar; David Llewlelyn, 21, farm servant; and Margaret Lloyd, 16, general servant; 2): Richard Rees, 38, farmer of 30 acres; and Elizabeth Rees, 81, widow; 3): Mary Biddyr, 60, widow, farmer of 30 acres; and Eliza Watkins, 38, her daughter; 4): Mary Davies, 42, wife, farming 25 acres; Thomas Davies, 17, her son; William J. Davies, 6, son; and Anne Davies, 2, her daughter. On April 3rd 1883 Elizabeth Rees, widow of Richard Rees, late of Alltycoed, died aged 83. In 1891 the following persons lived here: Alltycoed Isaf: Griffith Biddyr, 52, farmer; Mary Biddyr, 48, his wife; Thomas Biddyr, 19, son; Mary A. Biddyr, 8, daughter; and David B. Biddyr, 4, son. Alltycoed Ganol: Richard Rees, 47, farmer; Sarah Rees, 50, wife; Phoebe Rees, 1, daughter; and Anne Davies, 13, servant. Alltycoed Uchaf: Mary Biddyr, 80; and Eliza Mathias, 48, daughter. On 19th November 1895 Thomas George Biddyr of Alltycoed married Miss Margaret Bowen of Glanymor. On October 14th 1899 Griffith Morris, widower of Maria Morris, late of Alltycoed, died aged 69. On April 13th 1903 Anne Evans of this address, died aged 88. On 14th May 1903 Miss Margaret Anne Biddyr of Alltycoed married Johnny Jones of Glanymor. On November 4th 1907 Sarah Rees of Tycanol, Alltycoed, was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 55. On October 27th 1910 David George James of Alltycoed was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 1 month. On February 6th 1911 Mary Biddyr of Alltycoed was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 99 on 2nd February. She was said to have been baptised by Rev. John Herring, Minister of Bethania Baptist Chapel, Pendre, Cardigan. In 1911 a property here was occupied by Richard Rees, 68, widower, farmer; and Phoeby E. Rees, 26, his daughter. On 30th December 1911 the 80 acre property, occupied by Griffith Biddyr as tenant, was sold by auction to Captain Owen of Tivy House, St Dogmaels for £1100. In August 1912 it was advertised for sale or let with 84 acres.
In 1914 Llewelyn Davies was the farmer. In June 1917 Alltycoed was advertised for sale. In September 1922 and May 1923 the 83 acre property was advertised for sale or let. On 24th April 1924 Mary Biddyr, widow of Griffith Biddyr of Alltycoed, died aged 76. In 1926 Enoch Williams was the farmer. On 22nd April 1932 Elizabeth Watkins of Alltycoed died aged 88. George Philip Biddyr of Alltycoed, Senior Deacon of Brynsalem Chapel, died on 12th May 1937 aged 82. Formerly of Glanymor, he had lived here with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Haydn Biddyr. In 1950-56 D. H. Biddyr lived here. The Biddyr family remained here until 2008.
NLW Noyadd Trefawr MSs
St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Baptisms 1813-58.
Pembrokeshire Record Office: Abstracts of Wills 1818; 1839
Census Returns 1851; 1861; 1871; 1881; 1891; 1911
St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Marriages 1837-1974
Kelly’s Directory of South Wales 1875; 1914; 1926
St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Burials 1852-85; 1885-1952
Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1880; 1895; 1903; 1911-12; 1917; 1922-24; 1932; 1937; 1956; 1997
Post Office Telephone Directory 1950; 1953; 1955
Monumental Inscriptions – St. Thomas’ Cemetery, St Dogmaels
Monumental Inscriptions, Blaenwaun Chapel cemetery
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