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Dale, Pembrokeshire

Historical Description

Dale, a fishing village and a parish in Pembrokeshire. The village stands on a westerly branch of Milford Haven, 11 miles W of Milford station on the G.W.R., and 14 SW of Haverfordwest. It has a post and money order office under Milford Haven; telegraph office, St Anne's Head. The Earl of Richmond, afterwards Henry VII., landed here with his French reinforcement; was joined here by the forces under Rhys ap Thomas; and marched hence to Bosworth Field. The parish comprises 2091 acres, with 280 of adjacent foreshore; population, 330. Dale Castle is the seat of the Philipps family. The parish is chiefly a peninsula terminating in St Anne's Head at the west side of the entrance of Milford Haven, but includes Skokholm Island. The scenery of the coast is highly picturesque. Two lighthouses were erected on St Anne's Head in the time of Queen Anne, and re-erected in 1800. The roadstead of Dale affords well-sheltered .anchorage in from 2 to 5 fathoms. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's; value, £70. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Registration districtHaverfordwest1837 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Dale from 1837 to 1974 you should search for the Haverfordwest Registration District.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Pembrokeshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth Wales
Postal districtSA62
Post TownHaverfordwest