Maenclochog shown within Pembrokeshire
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Researchers have found what are believed to be the remains of a 13th-century castle at Maenclochog. The village was served by The Maenclochog Railway formally known as the Narberth Road and Maenclochog Railway which ran from Clynderwyn on the Great Western Railway via Maenclochog to Rosebush. The tunnel just outside Maenclochog achieved fame during the war when it was used as a testing site for bombs by Barnes Wallis, creator of the 'bouncing bomb'.
The origin of the name Maenclochog is unclear. It appears to be made up of two Welsh words, maen ("stone") and clochog ("bells"). A local tale reports that there were stones near Fynnon Fair, ("Mary's Well"), to the south of the village, which rang like bells when struck, but these were blown to bits by treasure-hunters, under the mistaken belief that they concealed a golden treasure. This may represent nothing more than folk etymology. An alternative proposal is that the second part of the name comes from the Irish word, clochog, meaning a craggy place. This theory is supported by the fact that there was Irish migration to Pembrokeshire in the early Middle Ages, as attested to by the Ogham stones found in the locality and elsewhere, and certainly the name suits the topography of the area.
The village has a thriving community and has a local committee that talks about what is important to the village. There are two general stores and two petrol stations with an MOT service. Located in the center of the village is St.Marys church, the park and the green on a small road island. In the village there are many businesses that include two electrical wholesalers and an art gallery. There is a school and a carpenters situated about 50 meters North-West from the church. Opposite the green is the local pub.
Maenclochog school is a Welsh speaking primary school built in 1878 that has roughly 100 pupils ranging from 3 to 11. The school welcomes English speaking pupils and sends them usually once a week to a language learning center in Crymych. The current head of the school is Mrs S Clarke who has had her post since 2009. The school uniform is navy blue and black.
Close to the center of the village is a green, within which is located the Anglican Church of St Mary's. The history of the church, about whose architecture the Pembrokeshire volume of Buildings of Wales is unenthusiastic, is obscure, however at least part of the structure was built in 1806 for Barrington Prynce Of Temple Druid. The current font is fairly plain but may represent an artifact from an older church that once stood on the location. In 1880 the church was much restored when the vestry was added.
- "Castle wall find at car park dig". bbc.co.uk. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- Naws am Le/Sense of Place: PLANED leaflet 2010
- Photos of Maenclochog and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk
- Maenclochog school
- Information on Maenclochog on GENUKI
- Information on Maenclochog from Dyfed Archaeological Trust