Carmarthen  Carmarthenshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Carmarthen like this:

Carmarthen, or Caermarthen, co. town of Carmarthenshire, and co. of itself, parl. and mun. bor., par., and port, on river Towy, 5 miles from C. Bay, 28 miles NW. of Swansea, and 242 miles from London by rail -- par. and bor., 4996 ac., pop. 10,514; 3 Banks, 4 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. ...

C. was the Maridunum of the Romans, and under the native princes the capital of South Wales. On the site of its ancient castle now stands the county gaol. It possesses several important educational institutions, among which are 2 grammar-schools on public foundations, and the South Wales Training College for Teachers. C. carries on considerable trade by river and rail in slates, lead-ore, and tin-plates, besides domestic produce. Vessels of 200 tons can reach the quay, but much of the former river traffic has been diverted by the better access to Llanelly. The salmon fishery is important. C., which gives the title of marquis to the Duke of Leeds, unites with Llanelly in returning 1 member to Parliament.

Carmarthen through time

Carmarthen is now part of Carmarthenshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Carmarthenshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Carmarthen itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Carmarthen in Carmarthenshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th July 2024

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