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Drefach-Felindre Historic Landscape Characterisation


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Drefach – Felindre is an industrial historic landscape character area based on the woollen industry. Stone-built mills, workers’ houses, owners’ houses, churches and chapels clustered in several villages attest to the rapid expansion of this industry in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Drefach – Felindre

Deciduous woodland on steep valley sides above the industrial settlements of Drefach and Felindre characterises the Dyffryn Bargoed and Dyffryn Esgair historic landscape character area.

Dyffryn Bargoed and Dyffryn Esgair

The Afon Teifi: Newcastle Emlyn – Llandysul historic landscape character area comprises the rich pasture of the floodplain. There are no houses but two 18th century stone bridges are included.

Afon Teifi: Newcastle Emlyn – Llandysul

Small regular fields created by an Act of Parliament in 1855 and deciduous woodland characterise the relatively small Coed Mawr historic landscape character area.

Coed Mawr

Dispersed farms within a landscape of pasture fields with deciduous woodland on steeper slopes and a few late 19th century woollen mills and workers’ houses close to the Afon Teifi characterise the Llangeler historic landscape character area.


Although small farms, cottages and other buildings testify to its 19th century origins, the Saron –Rhos historic landscape character area is overwhelmingly characterised by modern linear housing development stretching for several kilometres along the main A484 road.

Saron –Rhos

The Bwlch-Clawdd – Cwmbach historic landscape character area appears to have developed during the late 18th century when farms and small fields were established on open moorland. Most buildings in the area are modern. Two Bronze Age round barrows and the early medieval Clawdd-Mawr dyke are included in this area.

Bwlch-Clawdd – Cwmbach

An 1866 Act of Parliament enclosing open moorland into fields created much of today’s Rhos Penboyr historic landscape character area. Small farms, coniferous plantations, a World War 2 ‘stop line’ and three wind turbines have been subsequently established.

Rhos Penboyr

The Waunfawr historic landscape character area largely results from an 1866 Act of Parliament enclosing moorland in regular fields and bisecting it with straight lanes. Small farms were later established. Two Bronze Age round barrows survive from a much earlier age.


A close distribution of small farms in a landscape of fields bounded by hedges on banks characterises the Penboyr historic landscape character area. Apart from a few modern houses, almost all the buildings in this area date to the 19th century.


Dispersed farms, fields and deciduous woodland on steep valley sides, with a scatter of late 19th century workers’ houses close to Drefach-Felindre characterise the Bwlchydomen-Pentrecagal historic landscape character area.


Rhyddgoed is a relatively small historic landscape character area and consists of regularly shaped fields and dispersed farms. Most buildings date to the 19th century.


Henllan is a small but complex historic landscape character area comprising a 19th century village focused on an old railway (now a tourist line) and a World War 2 prisoner of war camp, now largely converted to other uses, surrounded by deciduous woodland and farmland.






Project contact: Ken Murphy





Henllan Afon Tefi Newcastle Emlyn - Llandysul Bwlchydomen-Pentrecagal Rhyddgoed Drefach-Felindre Dyffryn Bargoed, Esgar, Bran