Ceredigion hat makers

There are records that felt hats were made at a number of places in Ceredigion. The best documented was at Tre’r Ddol, but there is some evidence that they were made at Gorsgoch, Lledrod (below) and Blaenpennal (below). These may well have been men’s hats rather than Welsh hats for women.

1802 Llanddewi Aberarth, Llangorwyddon, Llanrhystud, Lledrod
Many hatters from Llangorwyddon [Llangorwen near Tre’r Ddol?] to this place and about the mountain on account of the plenty and cheapness of Tanwent (fewel) [Fuel] which is peat and affords all other kinds of fuel the most regular heat, Lledrod hats are hawked all over south Wales and for everyday wearing are found by the common people to be the best known, the wool of this district it is said felts better than that of any other part of Wales or England.
Sheep of Lledrod district, and thence to Lampeter their wool remarkable for its whiteness of their wool [sic] and in great esteem for flannels and with the Yorkshire clothers who say that it works extremely well, it is moderately fine. The Codwool is uncommonly fine and used by the hatters instead of beaver to furr [sic] their hats. Some of those hats sell for a very high price considering they are but mere woollen hats, from 8s to 10s
Davies, Walter, NLW 1760A, notebook 4, Itinerary no VI, 1802, Pembroke to Cardigan, pp. 15-17

Hats: At one time, the old conical Welsh hats were made at, amongst other places, Tan-Gareg, Blaenpenal, Cardiganshire.
John Richard Jones Collection, National Library of Wales, vol. 5 p. 80


The Cardiganshire hatters indeed produced most of the high hats worn in south Wales, the price for these being 10s to 12s each. [If this is correct, it might refer to men’s as well as women’s hats]
Twiston Davies, Leonard and Edwards, Averyl, Welsh Life in the Eighteenth Century, (1939), p. 8