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This article has been primarily concerned with :

Much of the evidence presented is, admittedly, undocumented and debateable ; whether it has any historical credibility and merit is left to the reader to decide.


Rhydfendigaid is not the only place name whose origin may be traced to the old abbey. Again, according to local belief, Ffair Rhos obtained its name from Rhos-gelli-gron. The latter is an extensive piece of moorland adjacent to the Old Abbey farm [click here, to see Figure 2].  

It is well documented that the fairs at Ffair Rhos were established by the Cisterians of Ystrad Fflur [16, 17]. However, the original Rhos fairs, according to tradition, were held on Rhos-gelli-gron. When the monks moved to their new location (Ystrad Fflur), they also moved the fairs to some waste ground above Rhydfendigaid, the place now known as Ffair Rhos. This spot was more convenient for Ystrad Fflur and, perhaps, more important, it was close to the intersection of the main north-south and east-west trade routes. Interestingly, the monks retained the old name of 'ffeiriau'r rhos' (moorland fairs). There  is nothing surprising about this ; they (and their patron Rhys ap Gruffydd) also elected to retain the old name of Ystrad Flur, despite relocating to a place well away from the banks of the Fflur. Why? is another interesting question.



T Jones Pierce, Strata Florida Abbey, Ceredigion,  J. Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Volume 1, Number 1, 1950, p 30.


David H Williams, The Welsh Cistercians, Volume 2, Caldey Island, Tenby, p 317.

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To see the relative position of the Old abbey Farm to Ros-gelli-gron, Ystrad Fflur and Ffair Rhos, click the picture above

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Who blessed the ford and gave the village its name?

Pwy a pha bryd y bendithiwyd y rhyd fendigaid?

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