Most of the history and heritage posts on this blog list the main references used.  This page, however, lists of some of the general sources that have been used on the site for posts on all topics.  Where the date of publication and the publisher are known they have been included, but this information has not always been provided in publications that appear to have been published and printed privately.  In these cases, if an ISBN number is available, that has been provided instead.

Books, booklets and pamphlets

History and heritage

Aberdyfi Advertising and Improvement Committee 2018. Visit Aberdyfi.  Official Visitors Guide.
Bick, D.  1990 (second edition).  The Old Metal Mines of Mid-Wales.  West Montgomeryshire, Aberdovey, Dinas Mawddwy and Llangynog.  The Pound House.
Birch, H.K. 1982.  The Pages of Time.  A Brief History of the Aberdovey Literary Institute 1882-1982. Printed by Halls Printing and Stationary Co. Ltd.
Briwant Jones, G. 2002.  Picturesque Dyfi Valley.  A Collection of Twentieth-Century Postcard Views.  Gomer.
Cadw 1994.  Aberdovey, Meirionnydd District (part), Gwynedd. Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
Campbell-Jones, S.  1976. Welsh Sail.  A Pictorial History.  Gomer Press Ltd.
Cooney, E.W. 1991. Eighteenth Century Britain’s Missing Sawmills.  A Blessing in Disguise? Construction History 7, 1991, p.29-46.
Daff, T. 1973. Charcoal-Fired Blast Furnaces; Construction and Operation. BIAS Journal 6
Dinn, J.  1988.  Dyfi Furnace excavations 1982-1987.  Post-Medieval Archaeology 22:1, p.111-142
Davies, D.W. 1991. The Town of a Prince.  A History of Machynlleth. Machynlleth Rotary Publishing
Davies, J. 1993. A History Of Wales.  Penguin
Davies, T. 2004.  Borth. A seaborn village. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
Davies, T. 2009. Borth:  A Maritime History. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
Eyre Evans, G. 1915. The Royal Mint, Aberystwyth. Transactions of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol 2 No 1, (1915) p.71
Fenton, R. 1989.  Steam Packet to Wales:  A chronological survey of operators and services. Cymru a’r Môr,  No.12, 1989, p.54-65
Fletcher, N. 2004. Pocket Nature Wild Flowers.  Dorling Kindersley
Goodwin, G. 1894. Myddleton, Hugh.  Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 39.,_Hugh_(DNB00)
Green, C.C. 1996.  The Coast Lines of the Cambrian Railways, Volume 2:  Dovey Junction to Dolgelley.  Wild Swan Publications
Grey-Wilson, G. Wild 1994. Flowers of Britain and Northwest Europe.  Dorling Kindersley
Gwynedd Archaeological Trust 2007.  Ports and Harbours of Gwynedd: Aberdyfi. A Threat Related Assessment.  GAT Project  No.1824, Report No.671.1, April 2007
Gwynedd Archaeological Trust 2011.  Conservation Area Appraisal: Aberdyfi, Gwynedd. GAT Project  No.2155, Report No.956, June 2007
Hague, D.B. 1984. A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Mid-Wales. Association for Industrial Archaeology.
Jenkins, J.G. 2006 (translated by Martin Davis, Afiaith).  Welsh Ships  and Sailing Men.  Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
Jenkins, J.G. 2007.  A Concise History of Wales.  Cambridge University Press
Jones, A. 2010.  John Jenkins of Borth – a Welsh Master Mariner’s Story.  Cymru a’r Môr,  No.31, 2010, p.52-68
Jones, R.G. and Richards, A. 2018. “Gwell Dysg Na Golud” Aberdovey Literary Institute Annual Report 2018.  135th Annual General Meeting.  24th April 2018, 7.30pm
Lewis, H.M. (no date). Aberdyfi: A Glimpse of the Past. A collection of photographs. Printed by the Cambrian News (Aberystwyth) Ltd.
Lewis, H.M. (no date, but signed by the author 1985).  Aberdyfi:  Portrait of a Village.  Printed by the Cambrian News.
Lewis, H.M.  1989. Pages of Time:  A Pictorial History of Aberdyfi.
Lewis, H.M. (no date, but post-1993). Aberdyfi:  A Chronicle Through the Centuries.  Printed by the Cambrian News (Aberystwyth) Ltd.
Lewis, H.M. 2001.  Aberdyfi: The Past Recalled.  Early Welsh Way of Life in the Dyfi and Dysynni Area.  Dinas
Lewis, S. 1849.  A topographical history of Wales.
Lewis, S. 1833. Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Brython Press
LLoyd, L. (no date).  The Brig ‘Susannah’ of Aberdyfi.  The Story of a Coasting Brig (1815-1843). Printed by The Cambrian News, Aberystwyth
Lloyd, L. 1996.  A Real Little Seaport.  The Port of Aberdyfi and its People 1565-1920. Volume 1. ISBN-10 1874786488
Lloyd, L. 1996.  A Real Little Seaport.  The Port of Aberdyfi and its People 1565-1920. Volume 2. ISBN-10 1874786496
Morgan, D.W.  1948.  Brief Glory. The Story of a Quest.
Richards, A.J. 2011. The Rails and Sails of Welsh Slate. LLygad Gwalch
Richards, A.J. and Napier, J. 2005.  A Tale of Two Rivers:  Maddach and Dyfi.  Gwasg Carreg Gwalch
Sandbach, P. 2017. Dyfi Furnace and Ystrad Einion, 21st October 2016. Newsletter of the Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society.  February 2017, No.16,p. 17-21.
Spencer-Jones, R. and Cuttle, S. 2005. Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland. Kyle Books
Walker, R.D. Iron Processing. Encylopedia Britannia. January 27, 2017
Williams, D.M. and Armstrong, J. 2010. Early Steamboat Services and their Impact in North Wales, 1817-1840s. Cymru a’r Môr,  No.31, 2010, p.37-51
Williams, M.I. 1973.  The Port of Aberdyfi in the 18th Century.  Off-printed from The National Library of Wales Journal, Vol.XVIII, No.1, Summer 1973

Wild flowers

Fletcher, N. 2004.  Pocket Nature Wild Flowers. Dorling Kindersley
Grey-Wilson, C. 1994.  Wild Flowers of Britain and Northwest Europe.  Dorling Kindersley Handbooks
Phillips, R. 1977.  Wild Flowers of Britain. Pan Books
Spencer-Jones, R. and Cuttle, S. 2005.  Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland.  A Photographic Identification Guide to Over 600 Species. Kyle Books
Stearn, T. 1992 edition (first published 1963). Stearn’s Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell

Flowerless plants

Nicholson, B.E. and Brightman, F.H. 1966. The Illustrated Book of Flowerless Plants. Peerage Books
Price, D. A. 2018.  Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes.  The Species Recovery Trust
Rose, F. 1989. Colour identification Guide to the Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and north-west Europe. Viking


Chinery, M.2005.  Collins Complete Guide to British Insects. Collins
Chinery, M. 2007 (revised edition). Insects of Britain and Western Europe. A Domino Guide. A.C. and Black


Lewis-Stempel, J. 2012. Foraging. A Practical Guide to Finding and Preparing Free Wild Food.  Robinson
Renton, M. and Biggane, E. 2019.  Foraging Pocket Guide. Wild Food UK.

Beaches and coastline wildlife

Trewhella,S. and Hatcher, J. 2015. The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline. Wild Nature Press

Geology and Geomorphology

Howe, G.M. and Thomas, P. 1963.  Welsh Landforms and Scenery.  Macmillan
Etienne, J.L., Hambrey, M.J., Gasser, N.F. and Jansson, K.N. 2005.  West Wales.  In Lewis, C.A and Richards, A.E. The glaciations of Wales and adjacent areas.  Logaston Press
Harris, C. Periglacial landforms.  In (ed.) Stephens, N. Natural Landscapes of Britain from the Air. Cambridge University Press
Musson R.M.W. 2006. The enigmatic Bala earthquake of 1974. Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 47, Issue 5, October 2006, p.5.11–5.1
Shakesby, R. 1990.  Landforms of glacial and fluvioglacial deposition.  In (ed.) Stephens, N. Natural Landscapes of Britain from the Air. Cambridge University Press
Watson, E. 1962.  The Glacial Morphology of the Tal-y-llyn Valley, Merionethshire. Transactions and Papers (Institute of British Geographers) No. 30 (1962), published by Wiley on behalf of The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), p. 15-31.


Davies, M. 2002. Aberdyfi.  Aberdovey Walks.  Aberdyfi Chamber of Trade


Cassini Historical Map 2006. Old Series 1833-1837. Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, 1:50,000.  Sheet 135. Cassini Maps.
Cassini Historical Map 2007. Old Series 1901-1903. Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, 1:50,000.  Sheet 135. Cassini Maps
Cassini Historical Map 2007. Old Series 1921-1923. Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, 1:50,000.  Sheet 135. Cassini Maps
Ordnance Survey  Landranger. Newtown, Llandiloes and surrounding area, 1:50,000. Sheet 136. Ordnance Survey Ltd.
Ordnance Survey Landranger.  Dolgellau and surrounding area, 1:50,000.  Sheet 124.  Ordnance Survey Ltd.
Ordnance Survey  Explorer 2015.  Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid 1:25,000, Sheet OL23 Ordnance Survey Ltd.
Ordnance Survey  Explorer. Llanidloes and Newtown, Llyn Clywedog, 1:25,000, Sheet 214. Ordnance Survey Ltd.
Ordnance Survey  Explorer. Newtown and Machynlleth, 1:25,000, Sheet 215. Ordnance Survey Ltd.
Ordnance Survey  Explorer.  Aberystwyth and Cwm Rheidol, Devil’s Bridge, 1:25,000, Sheet 215. Ordnance Survey Ltd.

Website Resources

Ceredigion Coast Path – information about the heritage, geology, environment and coastal history of the Path.

Coflein – The online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales. National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Aberdovey Harbour:

The Francis Frith Collection – Aberdovey page

National Library of Wales /  Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

The Salt Association

The Wildlife Trusts – Wildflowers