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Coordinates: 52°13′11″N 3°56′07″W / 52.21962°N 3.93517°W / 52.21962; -3.93517

Tregaron
Tregaron is located in Wales2
Tregaron

 Tregaron shown within Wales
OS grid reference SN679597
Principal area Ceredigion
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TREGARON
Postcode district SY25
Dialling code 01974
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
List of places: UK • Wales • Ceredigion

Tregaron is a market town in the county of Ceredigion, Wales, lying on the River Brenig (also Brennig), a tributary of the River Teifi. According to the 2001 Census, Tregaron's population was 1,183 of whom 68.8% spoke Welsh fluently, including 100% of the 15-year-old age group.

Notable buildings in the town include the parish church, St Caron's (after which the town is named), and the 13th-century Talbot Hotel, which supposedly has an elephant buried in its grounds. The remote chapel Soar y mynydd is close to Tregaron. In March, 1977, a cottage near Tregaron was one target of an Operation Julie police raid in which vast quantities of the drug LSD were seized.[1]

Nearby Cors Caron (sometimes called Tregaron Bog), is known for its adders, buzzards and red kites. The River Brenig is noted for its brown trout and eels.

Famous people from Tregaron include Henry Richard ("The Apostle of Peace"), Joseph Jenkins ("the Welsh Swagman") and the so-called "Welsh Robin Hood", Twm Siôn Cati. Still living and working in the town are artist Ogwyn Davies and Celtic jewellery designer Rhiannon Evans[2], and ceramic artist Julie Richards[3].Concert Tenor Huw Rhys-Evans,well known for his interpretation of Rossini characters, was born here.

During the Second World War, the War Office used a site near Tregaron for training exercises. Its continued use for training exercises following the war was the subject of protest by Plaid Cymru which also challenged the UK government's continued military conscription in peacetime. Other locations in Wales used for training exercises included Preseli Hills and Trawsfynydd.

There has recently been a lot of work done alongside the river to prevent flooding. It has much improved the quality of life for residents.

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References

  1. ^ "On 26 March 1977, in Wales, England and France, Operation Julie officers swooped and arrested some 120 suspects." BBC Wales account
  2. ^ Geoff Marsh Home in on West Wales Daily Express travel article, 18 March 2007
  3. ^ Julie Richards BBC Mid Wales Arts, 28 August 2006

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Tregaron is twinned with Brittany,France

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