infobox UK place
country = Wales
latitude = 52.24204
longitude = -4.25921
static_image_caption= Houses on the quay
postcode_district = SA46
Aberaeron ( _en. Mouth of the River Aeron) is a
seaside resort townin Ceredigion, Wales. Population1,500. Situated between Aberystwythand Cardigan, it is home to the headquarters of Ceredigion County Council.
History and design
Aberaeron was planned and built in 1805 by the Rev. Alban Thomas Jones. It is built around the
estuaryof the River Aeron, which has been enlarged to provide a small half-tide harbourfor recreational craft. The estuary is also crossed by a wooden pedestrian bridge.
architectureof Aberaeron is unusual in this part of rural Wales, being constructed around a principal square of elegant Regency stylebuildings grouped around the harbour. Some of the architecture was of sufficient interest to feature on British postage stamps.
Location and features
The shoreline consists of generally steep
storm beaches of pebbles, although fine sandis visible at low tidelevels. Aberaeron south beach was awarded the Blue Flag rural beach award in 2005 [ [http://www.keepwalestidy.org/english/default.asp?Category=Default&NewsID=178&Menu=0.26.12.64.74.225 Blue Flag website] ] .
climateis mild and temperate, largely conditioned by the proximity of the relatively shallow sea. However, Aberaeron can suffer from occasional winter frosts when cold air descends the Aeron valley from the upland parts of Ceredigion.
The town is notable for the sale of
honeyand especially honey ice-creamand more recently honey mustard.
With 70% of Aberaeron's inhabitants able to speak Welsh according to the 2001 census, Aberaeron is one of the few coastal areas left in
Ceredigionwhich remains predominantly Welsh-speaking.
A life-sized statue of a Welsh cob stallion was donated to the town in 2005 by the Aberaeron Festival of Welsh Ponies and Cobs to denote the area as Welsh Cob country. It was created by
Geraint Evans, the renowned opera singer had a home in Aberaeron for more than 30 years.
* [http://tourism.ceredigion.gov.uk/saesneg/aberaeron.htm Official tourism website]
* [http://www.aberaeron-today.co.uk/today/ Website of the local "Cambrian News"]
* [http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/item1/11288 Aerial photograph of Aberaeron]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=3089625 www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Aberaeron and surrounding area]
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