Motygido in West Wales


Motygido Farm is on the outskirts of the village of Llanarth, and is just a few miles from New Quay - a popular traditional holiday resort on the Cardigan Bay coast. Motygido has been farmed for as long as local records exist - and probably for much longer than that. Originally the farm occupied a triangular section of land of some 160 acres between the small rivers 'Mot' and 'Gido', that merge to form the Llethi and empty into Cardigan Bay two miles to the north.

Motygido is the former home of Rod and Moira Attrill where they managed the Holiday Accommodation services, West Wales Cottages and West Wales Caravans, breed geese and chickens and provided tourism information for the New Quay and Aberaeron areas through the New Quay West Wales and Aberaeron websites.

As a former Teacher, writer and conservationist, Rod provides online information on various aspects of local wildlife including the famous Cardigan Bay Dolphins, the Red Kite, coastal plants and marine life of the Cardigan Bay coast, while Moira's interests in genealogy and local history provide the basis for several online articles about local history.

The earliest records of Motygido go back the sixteenth century. In the eighteenth century, 'Motygido Academy' run by the Rev John Pugh was well known throughout Cardiganshire. His notebooks are now in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Click here for the 'History of Motygido'. 
Llanarth is an ancient settlement, among the oldest in Ceredigion. Set just inland from the Cardigan Bay coast, it is centred on the crossroads formed where the A487 coast road meets the B4342 to New Quay (or formerly to Llanina). Click here for an account of the history of Llanarth.

In the early days New Quay was a fishing and smuggling port. Later a burgeoning shipbuilding industry developed, reaching its peak in the middle of the nineteenth century. Towards the end of that century shipbuilding died out and with the advent of the railways, tourism gradually filled the void. Visitors would take a train to Aberaeron, from where, the GWR bus or charabanc would bring them to New Quay. Today, New Quay depends on Tourism and remains popular, with the demand for accommodation far exceeding the supply in the summer months.  The town has a flourishing water sports industry and is a popular centre for the sailing community.

Click here to visit the New Quay website.

Aberaeron is seven miles from Motygido, the largest community on the road north to Aberystwyth. It is a charming regency town and with its multi coloured houses, attractive harbour, Hotels, B&B and self-catering Holiday Cottages it has much to offer the visitor. Centrally located on Cardigan Bay, Aberaeron is close to Aberystwyth and Cardigan towns, while Lampeter and Tregaron are a short drive inland through the beautiful Aeron Valley, much loved by the poet Dylan Thomas who lived locally for a while.

Click here to visit the Aberaeron website.

Attrill Family History

The Attrill family - with its various spellings originated on the Isle of Wight where the vast majority still live. Many others are in Hampshire - most in the Portsmouth and Gosport areas. 

Katie Fuller has produced an Attrill surname distribution map for 1881 that shows more than 80% of British Attrills lived in Hampshire (including the  IOW).  Click here for a copy of that map.

My Great Grandfather ( left ) was born in Whippingham on the Island and like many others Islanders of the last century joined the navy and travelled the world. He eventually settled in nearby Gosport where my Grandfather was born. The Attrill family tree - going back to the eighteenth century is HERE.