St Rhian's church.
Llanrhian shown within Pembrokeshire
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Llanrhian is a small village and community in Pembrokeshire in west Wales, near the coast, south of Porthgain village. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 897. The community of Llanrhian includes the settlements of Llanhowell, Croesgoch, Portheiddy and Porthgain.
Llanrhian's church is dedicated to St Rhian and is a grade II* listed building. The village also contains an old school and farm cottage, built in 1769. A farm named Barry Island farm and the hamlet of Ynys Barri lies just to the northwest of the village which are not to be confused with Barry Island in southeast Wales in the Vale of Glamorgan. Llanrhian is also noted for its stone watermill named Melin Llanrhian which is now being run as a holiday cottage. The old machinery used in the mill still remains. The village is in the area of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Originally part of the Cantref of Pebediog (later Dewisland Hundred) granted in perpetuity to the Bishops of St Davids in 1082, the manors of Llanrhian, Castle Morris and Priskilly were, prior to 1175, granted to Maurice Fitzgerald by his brother, David Fitzgerald, second Norman approved Bishop of St Davids. They then remained with Fitzgerald's descendants, by then settled in Ireland, until 1302 when Sir John Wogan, Chancellor of St Davids and Lord Justiciar of Ireland bought out the remaining Fitzgerald interests in all three manors. Castle Morris and Priskilly were returned to the bishopric. But Llanrhian appears to have remained in the Wogan family until the 17th century when it passed by marriage into the Le Hunte family of Artramont. The Le Hunte's then in turn retained Llanrhian manor until the 1880s when it was sold to Henry Prosser, ancestor of the present owner.
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