by  • June 26, 2013 • Ceredigion, Llangoedmor, Modern, Period, Post-Medieval, School, Site Type • 4 Comments


    On 14th April 1848 money was being collected towards building a boys’ schoolroom for Llangoedmor. On 8th December 1848 the new building was almost finished, complete with Master and Mistresses House. It was probably designed by William Jenkins, Blaenbarthen. In 1861 Albert D. Parkin, 20, was the headmaster of the National School and lived in the Master’s House. Also resident was John Richards, 17, pupil teacher. In 1871 William Williams, 53, was the teacher and lived at the school house with his mother – Ann Williams, 81. In 1875-81 the Master of the National School was William S. Jenkins. In 1881 the following persons lived here: William M. Jenkyns, 40, certificated schoolmaster; Mary A. Jenkyns, 40, his wife, schoolmistress; Basil Jenkyns, 14, their son; Ambrose Jenkyns, 13, son; Lucy Jenkyns, 8, daughter; Thoedora Jenkyns, 6, daughter; Helena Jenkyns, 4, daughter; Spyridon Jenkyns, 2, son; Christine Jenkyns, 9 months, daughter; and Elizabeth Jenkyns, 67, widowed mother, retired cook.

    In September 1890 Anne Davies died here aged 80. In December 1890 Edgar James Davies died here aged 3 months. In 1891 the following persons lived here: William Davies, 39, schoolmaster; Anne Davies, 35, his wife; John George Davies, 9, their son; Thomas William Davies, 7, son; and David Arthur Davies, 5, son. On 22nd February 1902 David Davies died here aged 65. In 1902 Mr. E. Thomas was the master. In February 1903 the schoolmaster’s house was advertised to let. In 1911 Arthur Evans lived at the school house. In November 1912 the school house was advertised to let. On 26th May 1922 it was proposed to close the close the school – a move opposed by the parishioners. A report that year stated:

    Buildings very clean. Playground very small. Needs extra windows. Water supply nil, a “pistyll” 200 yards away is used. As cattle drink from the supply it should not be used for drinking…”

    The water was obtained from another source by the time the report was published. In 1925 B. Joshua lived in the school house. The school had a capacity for 60 pupils, and in 1926-43 Miss Mary Evans was the Mistress. In November 1935 Anne Joshua of this address died aged 70. On 16th October 1943 Miss Mary Evans, headmistress, married John D. James of Trewindsor Farm, Llangoedmor. In February 1944 Mrs. Mary James, recently-married, was the headmistress.

    On 16th January 1945 James Joshua of the School House died. On 9th December 1949 the school was threatened with closure. Closure was confirmed on 4th August 1950. In December 1954 Miss Eileen Holt, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. F. Holt of the School House, married John A. E. Griffiths of Cilgerran. The old school and schoolhouse were listed in 1994.

    Old School House in October 2007 (c) Glen K Johnson

    Old School House in October 2007 (c) Glen K Johnson


    In 1994 the property was described by CADW:

    1848-9 former school (now Church Hall) and teacher’s house, built and probably designed by William Jenkins of Blaenbarthen, Llangoedmor. Rubble stone with slate roofs. Former school is two-storey with three-window range of C20 stained wood casement-pairs, the surrounds chamfered with cut Cilgerram stone voussoirs and slate sills. Door to left with chamfered surround and triangular Cilgerran stone head. Two ventilators on roof ridge.

    School house is one and a half storey, with gabled centre broken forward, C20 bargeboards on timber corbels, first-floor stained wood casement pair with top-lights, ground floor triple casement with top-lights, both windows with cut stone voussoirs to flat heads, and slate painted sills; C20 half-glazed door to left with cambered head and stone voussoirs. A rear wing has brick ridge stack and C20 metal windows in end gable. To front right is single storey outbuilding, former stable with centre door and stone voussoirs…”


    Carmarthen Journal 1848

    Census Returns 1861; 1871; 1881; 1891

    Kelly’s Directory of South Wales 1875; 1926

    Llangoedmor Parish Registers

    Bye-Laws – United School District of Llangoedmor 29/07/1902

    Occupiers’ List of Voters – Llangoedmor 1911

    Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1902-03; 1912; 1922; 1925; 1927; 1938; 1943-45; 1949-50; 1955

    Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest – Llangoedmor, Julian Orbach, CADW

    The Phone Book 2003.

    (c) Glen K Johnson 26/06/2013


    4 Responses to LLANGOEDMOR SCHOOL

    1. Brian Davies
      June 28, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Thos Mendus (1755 – 1830) of St Dogmaels lies way up my ancestral tree and in his will left property to “Evan Griffiths of Penyrallt in the parish of Llangoedmore in the County of Cardigan “.

      Thank you for organising this website and I shall always be interested in items possibly relating to Mendus. My information is freely available.

      Brian Davies

      • glen
        June 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

        Thanks Brian. I’ll be making an entry for Penrallt Uchaf, Llangoedmor at a later date, and also for the ‘White Hart’ in St. Dogmaels, which belonged to a Thomas Mendus.


    2. December 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Further to School House Llangoedmor, and Cilgerran, and the Joshua family.
      My name is James Youle and my grandfather was Richard David Joshua, born Pembroke Cilgerran/Kilgerran in 1898, and 3 in 1901. Always known as David.
      His brother was Benjamin, born Pembroke Cilgerran in 1895, and 6 in 1901. His Sister Esther Anne, known as Hetty, born in 1905, and 6 in 1911. His father James Joshua, born Pembroke Cilgerran in 1869, and 32 in 1901. His mother Anne, born Cardigan Llangoedmor(e) in 1865, and 36 in 1901.
      Kelly’s Directory of 1895 lists James Joshua as a private resident.
      James, Anne and Richard David are buried in the Church of St Cynllo. There are family graves at the parish church in Cilgerran. My grandfather died in 1984. Eileen Holt was and is the daughter of Esther/Hetty Joshua. My mother was born Jennifer Joshua, and she went o school in Carmarthen.
      RD and Ben both served in the First World War, my grandfather had a horse in WW1 and in the field opposite School House. He spent his career as a diplomat, mainly overseas, and lastly at the Foreign Office.


      • glen
        December 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        Hi James

        Thanks for the family information – an interesting an useful addition to the site.



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