Dinas Old Church at Cwm-yr-Eglwys, prior to 1830
Dinas Cross shown within Pembrokeshire
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Dinas Cross (Welsh: Dinas) is a village and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is situated between Fishguard and Newport in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is a popular holiday destination on the A487. The village has its own elected community council and gives its name to an electoral ward of Pembrokeshire County Council. The electoral ward of Dinas Cross covers the communities of Dinas Cross, Cwm Gwaun and Puncheston.
Dinas has four pubs: The Country Club, The Ship Aground, The Freemasons Arms and The Old Sailors. At one time there was also a cafe, a school, Rhoshelyg garden centre, a garage, a petrol station, a full-time post office, two shops and a local blacksmith. Now the old school is a Community hall (Yr Hen Ysgol), the post office is part-time, and two shops, garage, petrol station and a chip shop remain, as well as the local blacksmith, now 5th generation.
Dinas houses two chapels which are in use: Tabor (a Baptist Chapel) and Gideon (an Independent Chapel), a servicing church (St Brynach's), and Ramah: an old, disused and neglected Methodist Chapel on the way to Pwllgwaelod beach.
Places of interest
- Cwm-yr-Eglwys - the church of St Brynach the Abbot, the original parish church of Dinas, perhaps dating back to before the Norman Conquest, is situated on the picturesque beach of Cwymreglwys. The chancel of the church was washed away in 1850, and the roof and north wall were destroyed during the Royal Charter Storm in 1859. In 1880,the walls were demolished and the church reduced to the present west end wall only, to allow a defensive seawall to be built. A replacement church was built 1860-61 higher up in the village.
- Dinas Island - A small peninsula jutting off the coast, a very popular walk and an old farm. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes by St. Brynach's church and around Dinas Island.
- Hescwm Mill - an old mill now restored lying 200m inland of Hescwm cove. It is a Grade II* listed building.
- Brynhenllan Chapel, a Grade II* listed building.
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