Llansawel History

Llansawel stands on two tributaries of the Cothi: – the Marlais and the Melinddwr or Mill Water, formerly known as the Livy.  The parish has quite a colourful history.

Old Llansawel was built on dairy, beef and sheep farming.  Because of its five roads, coming in  from all directions, it was ideally placed to be a livestock market, on which it thrived for several centuries.  Only the non-arrival of the railway in Victorian times prevented it from growing into a market town like Llandovery or Lampeter