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  • Portland House: Bensha & his Daughters

    What stories these walls could tell. Portland House has witnessed political intrigue, lives lost at sea, commerce and public service, temperance and drunkenness, feisty women, an elopement, abandoned wives and much more. At our March 2024 meeting I told the story of some of the first residents of Portland House: Bensha and his daughters. Well two of them anyway. You can read more about them and other remarkable residents of Portland House in articles on the Heritage page of this website : Portland People Portland House Captains The barque Glenara and the newly added The Aberaeron Post Office Scandal of 1874

  • Cranogwen

    Cranogwen has long been an unsung Welsh heroine. The author and historian Jane Aaron is doing much to address this in her book of that name published in 2023. We were privileged to have her come to give a presentation in Welsh at our February meeting. The striking cover image of Cranogwen, in her home village of Llangrannog, is by local artist Meinir Mathias. Below is an article by Jane, summarising the remarkable life of Cranogwen, or Sarah Jane Rees, to give her birth name.

  • The Welsh Fasting Girl

    26th February marks the beginning of eating disorders awareness week. We tend to think of anorexia and other eating disorders as a fairly modern phenomenon. In the 19th century, however, numerous young women, inspired by medieval saints, alleged they were forgoing food and surviving on faith alone. In reality some of them may have had anorexia, others like Dyfed’s own Sarah Jacobs had a more sinister story. Sarah Jacobs became known far and wide as 'The Welsh Fasting Girl'. She was born at Llethr-neuadd farm, Llanfihangel-ar-arth, Carmarthenshire in 1857. After taking to her bed following an illness she appeared to have not eaten or drunk for nearly two years. Visitors travelled miles to see her, eminent physicians debated her case and she was the subject of extensive press coverage. Queen Victoria was interested in the case and there were even rumours of a royal visit. Sarah and the potential visit were certainly the subject of discussion here in Aberaeron and is recorded in Ann Howell’s letter of July 1869, written from Portland House to her son, J M Howell: “They say that the Queen is coming here next week to see Sarah Jacob. Ha, Ha!“ Sarah’s tragic death later in 1869 led to a man-slaughter case, the preliminary investigation for which took place in the Wilkes Head, Llandysul. Sarah’s life and death have been featured in works of Welsh fiction, including Sarah Arall  by Aled Islwyn and Gwenlyn Parry’s play Sal. She was also clearly a major inspiration for Emma Donogue’s novel, The Wonder and the subsequent film based on the book. You can read her story in the blog below by historical fiction writer S E Morgan: https://semorganhistoricalfiction.wordpress.com/2020/11/14/the-tragic-tale-of-the-welsh-fasting-girl-sarah-jacobs-1869/

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    Welcome to Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society Celebrating , interpreting and presenting the maritime & architectural heritage and social history of Aberaeron and the surrounding district. About Us Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) via the UK Charity Commission with Charity no: 1145491. ​ Our Annual Accounts are filed with the UK Charity Commission. We hold an Annual General meeting in public to account for our activities. CAS is run entirely by volunteers with our income coming from membership fees and donations. Our Aims Set up to continue the work of the 2007 Aberaeron Bicentenary community heritage project, the objective of Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society (CAS) is the promotion for the public benefit of the local heritage and history of Aberaeron and the surrounding area. We aim to continue to grow a proactive membership that participates in our activities and events including: - Talks of local interest - Visits and trips - A dining club. ​ Our Team The people overseeing CAS are: ​ President: Elinor Gwilym Chair: Siân Stewart Treasurer: Gwyn Jones Secretary: Sandra Evans Trustees: Phill Davies, Steve Davies, Sally Hesketh, Mair Jones, Ray Williams. Please let one of us know if you would be interested in joining our number.

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