Tuesday, 21 September 2010


The academy at Neuaddlwyd was opened in October 1810 as a result of the deliberations of the ministers of the Independent chapels in Cardiganshire. They needed a place to train young men from poorer backgrounds and prepare them for the ministry.

2010 will mark the bicentenary of the establishment of the academy which at the time was famous in Wales and well known throughout Britain, indeed its fame had reached America and its founder, Thomas Phillips, was awarded an Hon. Doctorate in Divinity by what is now Princetown University in 1831. It was significant in the ecclesiatic and educational history of Wales in the early 19th century and it is appropriate that its foundation should be celebrated. A celebration is being held in Aberaeron and Neuaddlwyd on 15-16 October.

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