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OLD LLANGOEDMOR
Writing of his own home in The South Wales Squires (1926), H. M.
Vaughan tells us as follows: "The house itself, as it stands today, has
a good facade built in the reign of William IV; whilst the portion
behind dates chiefly from the middle of the eighteenth century. From
the secluded rose garden on the south side you can easily tell by the
quoining where the older and the newer portions join. There was
formerly standing a much older wing of the house, low and gabled,
jutting out from the main building to the west, which appears in old
views of Llangoedmor. This was demolished by my grandfather some
ninety years ago when he added the present western front."
One of these old views of Llangoedmor' to which Vaughan refers
-and which was formerly in his own possession there-has recently
come to light again and through the kindness of his nieces Mrs. W.
Protheroe Beynon and the late Miss E. P. Vaughan is reproduced
opposite. While Llangoedmor is principally remembered as a home of
the Vaughans on account of H. M. Vaughan's own writings, for most of
its history this "very favourite residence of those who have from time
to time possessed it" (Meyrick), gave shelter to families of the name of
Lloyd. This has been related briefly by the late Major H. J. Lloyd-
Johnes in his distinguished series on the 'Lesser Country Houses of
Cardiganshire' (Ceredigion, 1955), but thanks to the assiduous researches
of Major Francis Jones in the intervening years, further details have
come to light and I am most grateful to him for his assistance in what
follows.
Around 1550, so Lewis Dwn tells us, Plas Llangoedmor was owned by
one Rhys Lloyd and continued in his family until passing in the next
century to the Lloyds of Mabws and Ystrad Teilo. In 1738 it was
mortgaged and twenty years later sold by Richard Lloyd to John Lloyd
of Pound in Devon, a younger son of John Lloyd of Ffosybleiddiaid
(Mayor of Carmarthen 1739). John junior was at that date Clerk of
the Cheque at H. M. Dockyard Plymouth and his portrait (still sur-
viving) was painted by Joshua Reynolds in 1761, marking him as a
gentleman of standing. By the date of the sale, purchaser and vendor
had become tied by a family connection, Richard's daughter having
married John's elder brother James in 1750.
An interesting assessment of the house at this time is preserved in a
letter from the vendor in London to Thomas Johnes of Dolaucothi
who was acting as his agent, dated 21st July 1758: Lloyd describes his
home as "a good house fit for any gentleman of middling fortune to
live in, with many conveniences and most excellent outhouses". It
was not however good enough for the purchaser who, over the next few
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