In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Aberystwyth like this:
Aberystwith, mun. bor., township, seaport, and watering-place, Llanbadarnfawr par., Cardiganshire, at mouths of rivers Ystwith and Rheidor, 33 miles NE. of Cardigan by road and 236 miles from London by rail -- township, 734 ac. (175 water), pop. 6703; mun. bor., 857 ac., pop. 7088; 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Monday and Saturday. Aberystwith has of late years become the most fashionable bathing-place in Wales. A national Welsh college has been recently erected in the town. It has considerable coasting trade, chiefly in corn and read. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) There is the ruin of an ancient castle. The bor. united with Adpar, Cardigan, and Lampeter in returning 1 member to Parliament until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Aberystwyth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Ceredigion. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Aberystwyth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Aberystwyth, in Ceredigion and Cardiganshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th May 2013
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