Clynderwen

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Clunderwen
Castelldwyran Church, Clynderwen - geograph.org.uk - 579647.jpg
Castelldwyran Church, Clynderwen
Clunderwen is located in Pembrokeshire
Clunderwen
Clunderwen
 Clunderwen shown within Pembrokeshire
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Dialling code 01437
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Preseli Pembrokeshire
Welsh Assembly Preseli Pembrokeshire
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire

Coordinates: 51°49′53″N 4°41′42″W / 51.831496°N 4.695005°W / 51.831496; -4.695005

Clynderwen (Welsh: Clunderwen) (SN133198) is a rural village lying in the traditional county of Carmarthenshire, Wales, (however administered as part of Pembrokeshire) between Llandissilio village and the town of Narberth. The village is known as a camping destination and is popular for self-catering holidays. It is also a community in the administrative county of Pembrokeshire, with its own community council of 10 members.

History[edit]

The village is on a road (now the A478) to the West Wales coast adjacent to the Preseli Hills (where the stones for Stonehenge were quarried) and owes its more recent origins to the advent of the railways in the 19th century. The Great Western Railway line from London to the West coast ports of Milford Haven, Neyland and Fishguard all pass through the village and a rail junction for the line to Fishguard existed until the 1950s.[citation needed]

As the railways expanded, they became instrumental in the development of local economies and Clynderwen became a point where agricultural produce, livestock, etc. were transhipped. A small hotel was built next to the railway station and, for the next one hundred or so years, the village gently expanded. Nowadays it is within easy commuting distance of the nearby towns, but its function as a centre of the local agricultural community has long since ceased.[citation needed]

On 1 April 2003,[1] the village was transferred from the administrative county of Carmarthenshire to that of Pembrokeshire, following a boundary change between the counties. At the same time, a name change to Clunderwen was proposed to reflect the actual usage by the community council and on road and other signs.[2]

It is served by trains on the West Wales Line at Clunderwen railway station

Education[edit]

Nant-y-cwm Steiner School[edit]

The nearby Nant-y-Cwm School is an independent Steiner school.[3][4] It is a co-educational day school offering Steiner Waldorf education to pupils from the age of three to 14 split between the kindergarten (ages 3–6) and the main school (ages 6–14). It was founded in 1979 in a converted Victorian building that was originally the village school for Llanycefn.[5] Originally the school was known as the Llanycefn Board School and ran from 1877 to 1964.[6] The original school records are available to view at the Pembrokeshire Records Office in Haverfordwest.

The Kindergarten building which opened in 1991 was designed by architect Christopher Day. The design of the Kindergarten building attempts to infuse the Steiner philosophy into architecture and this is manifested in its organic feel and low visual impact.[7] Kraftl (2006) examines the ways in which this "environmentally friendly, ‘ecological’ structure was (and is) constructed such that the building and its accompanying practices might be seen as ‘performed art’". He goes on to say that art and nature are "crucial to the type of education there, the physical process of building the school, and daily uses of the buildings".[8]

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