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Llawhaden (Welsh: Llanhuadain) is a village and community in the Hundred of Dungleddy (Welsh: Daugleddyf), Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The community of Llawhaden includes also the parish of Robeston Wathen and part of Narberth, and had a population of 634 in 2001.

Llawhaden village

The name Llawhaden is an anglicised version of the Welsh form Llanhuadain, and probably means "(monastic) enclosure of St Aidan".[1] The village is in the form of a large medieval planned settlement, although most of the land lots laid out along the main street are now vacant. At the end of the main street, spectacularly overlooking the Cleddau valley, is a substantial castle, Llawhaden Castle.[2] The parish church of St Aidan (of Ferns, a disciple of Saint David) is situated below the village beside the river, at 51°49′21″N 4°47′40″W / 51.8226°N 4.7944°W / 51.8226; -4.7944.

St Aidan's church

The village and castle were created and owned by the Bishops of St David's. The village was once a marcher borough. George Owen, in 1603, described it as one of nine Pembrokeshire "boroughs in decay".[3]

The parish straddles the linguistic boundary, and was one of the six "bilingual" parishes mentioned by Owen in 1603.[4] The parish is divided east-west into two unequal parts by the Eastern Cleddau river, and this has been a fairly stable language boundary at least since Owen's time, with English speakers to the west and Welsh speakers to the east, although, perhaps in the early Industrial Revolution, Welsh-speakers infiltrated the western part in the area around Gelli woolen mill.

Llawhaden[5] was a civil parish with an area of 4,609 acres (1,865 ha). The civil parish had population as follows:[6]

Date 1801 1831 1861 1891 1921 1951 1981
Population 371 657 647 547 458 402 336

Admiral Sir Thomas Foley was born in the parish in 1757.


  1. ^ Charles, B. G, The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, Vol II, p 420
  2. ^ Castles of Wales
  3. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Pembrokshire by George Owen of Henllys Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892
  4. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Pembrokeshire Dillwyn Miles (Ed) (Gomer Press, Llandysul 1994) ISBN 1-85902-120-4.
  5. ^ Llawhaden on Genuki
  6. ^ OPCS Reports

Coordinates: 51°49′21″N 4°47′52″W / 51.82250°N 4.79778°W / 51.82250; -4.79778