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Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire

Historical Description

Llawhaden, a village and a parish in Pembrokeshire. The village stands on an eminence adjacent to the river Cle-ddau, 3½ miles NW of Narberth, and 3¼ SW of Clynderwen station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Narberth; money order and telegraph office, Xarberth. The parish comprises 4609 acres; population of the civil parish, 547; of the ecclesiastical, 783. Ridgeway is the chief residence. A castellated palace of the bishops of St David's stood adjacent to the village, is now represented by some octagonal towers and some trefoil lancet-headed windows, and by a fine gateway with a bold round arch, flanked by two very strong towers. There is a ruin near the village which is what remains of an "hospitium" built and endowed by Bishop Bech in the 13th century, and sometimes called the " Pilgrim's Rest," supposed to be one of the halting places of pilgrims to St David's. The living is a vicarage, united witli Bletherston, in the diocese of St David's; net value, £279 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of St David's. The church is dedicated to St Aiddan, a Welsh saint, is in good condition, and contains a monument of St Hugh, of the 14th century. There is also a very ancient cross in the E wall of the chancel, and a double tower, which is the most striking feature of the church.

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 districtNarberth1837 - 1973
Registration districtHaverfordwest1973 - 1974

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

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Llawhaden are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers online:

RegionSouth Wales
Postal districtSA67
Post TownNarberth