|Motygido Farm is on the
outskirts of the village of Llanarth, and is
just a few miles from New Quay - a
popular traditional holiday resort on the Cardigan
Bay coast. Motygido has been farmed for as long as
local records exist - and probably for much
longer than that. Originally the farm occupied a
triangular section of land of some 160 acres
between the small rivers 'Mot' and 'Gido',
that merge to form the Llethi and empty into
Cardigan Bay two miles to the north.
Motygido is the former home of Rod and Moira
Attrill where they managed the Holiday
Accommodation services, West Wales Cottages
and West Wales Caravans, breed geese and
chickens and provided tourism information for
the New Quay and Aberaeron areas through the
New Quay West Wales and Aberaeron websites.
As a former Teacher, writer and
conservationist, Rod provides online
information on various aspects of local
wildlife including the famous Cardigan Bay
Dolphins, the Red Kite, coastal plants and
marine life of the Cardigan Bay coast, while
Moira's interests in genealogy and local
history provide the basis for several online
articles about local history.
The earliest records of Motygido go back the
sixteenth century. In the eighteenth
century, 'Motygido Academy' run by the Rev
John Pugh was well known throughout
Cardiganshire. His notebooks are now in the
National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
Click here for the 'History of Motygido'.
is an ancient settlement, among the oldest in Ceredigion. Set
just inland from the Cardigan Bay coast, it is centred on the
crossroads formed where the A487 coast road meets the B4342 to New Quay
(or formerly to Llanina). Click here for an account of the history of
the early days New Quay was a fishing and smuggling port. Later a
burgeoning shipbuilding industry developed, reaching its peak in the
middle of the nineteenth century. Towards the end of that century
shipbuilding died out and with the advent of the railways, tourism gradually filled the void.
Visitors would take a train to Aberaeron,
from where, the GWR bus or charabanc would
bring them to New Quay. Today, New
Quay depends on Tourism and remains popular, with the demand for accommodation
far exceeding the supply in the summer
months. The town has a flourishing
water sports industry and is a popular
centre for the sailing community.
Click here to visit the New Quay
is seven miles from Motygido, the largest community on the road north to
Aberystwyth. It is a
charming regency town and with its multi coloured houses, attractive
harbour, Hotels, B&B and self-catering Holiday Cottages it has
much to offer the visitor. Centrally located on Cardigan Bay, Aberaeron
is close to Aberystwyth and Cardigan towns, while Lampeter and Tregaron
are a short drive inland through the beautiful Aeron Valley, much loved
by the poet Dylan
lived locally for a while.
Click here to visit the Aberaeron
||Attrill Family History
The Attrill family - with its various
spellings originated on the Isle of Wight where the vast majority still
live. Many others are in Hampshire - most in the Portsmouth and Gosport
Katie Fuller has produced an Attrill surname distribution
map for 1881 that shows more than 80% of British Attrills lived in
Hampshire (including the IOW).
here for a copy of that map.
My Great Grandfather
( left ) was born in Whippingham on the Island and like many others Islanders of the last
century joined the navy and travelled the world. He eventually settled in
nearby Gosport where my Grandfather was born. The Attrill family tree - going
back to the eighteenth century is HERE.