Cofnodion Cynnar

Cyn 1700, mae’n rhaid y bu yno dai tafarn oedd yn cynnig lluniaeth a llety i deithwyr a thafarndai i bobl leol yfed a chymdeithasu ynddynt ond nid oes braidd dim cofnod o’r rhain yng Ngheredigion.

Yn ystod teyrnasiad Elisabeth 1af, roedd Cyngor y Gororau’n poeni am nifer y tafarnau mewn rhai rhannau o Brydain, gan gynnwys Cymru.
Rhedodd gorchymyn, dyddiedig Llwydlo, 15 Mawrth, 1573, fel a ganlyn:

‘Whereas the Lord President and Council are given to understand that an excessive number of alehouses in the counties mentioned below, many being in desert and secret places, as woods, commons, waste grounds and mountains out of any highway: and the number is still increasing by the obtaining of licences from Justices of the Peace who are far away from the affected places and ignorant of the character of the applicant or the needs of the locality. And as by this felonies are increased, thieves, murderers and women of light conversation are harboured, rogues and vagabonds maintained, whoredom, filthy and detestable life much frequented, unlawful games as Tables, Dice, Cards, Bowls, Kayles, Quiots and such like commonly exercised, Bows and Arrows left aside to the great decay of artillery and emboldening and encouragement of the foreign enemy. … Letters mentioning te premises are to be despatched to the Sheriffs and Justices of the Peace in the counties named below … They are to assemble to discuss by what means good order may be continued, ale houses, vagabonds and unlawful games suppressed, the poor relieved and artillery maintained. The Justices … are to discover how many alehouses there are in every township, hamlet or other places in their counties standing bound according to the statue, and how many alehouse keepers are not so bound. … The Justices are to remove the excessive number of the alehouses, especially those in suspect or remote places….
Counties of Hereford, Gloucester, Worcester, Salop Monmouth and the 12 shires of Wales.

Bedair blynedd yn ddiweddarach, lluniwyd adroddiad, dyddiedig Bridgenorth, 30 Gorffennaf, 1577 yn mynegi pryder nad oedd digon o ddynion yn ymarfer y defnydd o’r saeth. Roedd yn cynnwys y canlynol:
That Sheriffs and Justices … to [set] down a perfect note of all the alehouses, taverns and inns with the names of their occupiers as well in privileged places as elsewhere, that the just number may be known. The certificate is to be returned to this court on or before 10th October next.

Anfonwyd hyn at yr un siroedd a restrir uchod. Mae’r ddogfen yn cloi gyda’r rhestr ganlynol:
The Number of Taverns, Inns and Alehouses in the several counties undermentioned, and privileged places within the same.
County of Worcester (except City of Worcester) 447
County of Flint 67
County of Carnarvon 22
County of Merioneth 32
Radnor towns: Inns 1 Alehouses 8
County of Radnor 105
County and Town of Carmarthen Inns 4 or 5 Taverns 2 Alehouses 31
County of Cardigan Inns 9 Alehouses 32
County of Anglesey Inns and Alehouses 30

Cyhoeddwyd yn Calendar of the Register of the Council in the Marches of Wales, 1569-1591, (Cymdeithas Anrhydeddus y Cymmrodorion, Record Series, 1916), tt. 102-3; 170-171.