Manordeifi

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Manordeifi
Manordeifi Old Church.jpg
The old parish church of St. David
Manordeifi is located in Pembrokeshire
Manordeifi
Manordeifi
 Manordeifi shown within Pembrokeshire
OS grid reference SN2288242263
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SA
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Preseli Pembrokeshire
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Pembrokeshire

Coordinates: 52°03′00″N 4°34′59″W / 52.05°N 4.583°W / 52.05; -4.583

Manordeifi (Welsh: Maenordeifi) is a parish and community in the hundred of Kilgerran, in the northeast corner of Pembrokeshire, Wales. The population of the community (2001) was 478. The village has its own elected community council and is part of the Cilgerran electoral ward for the purposes of elections to Pembrokeshire County Council.

In addition to scattered settlement, the parish contains the villages of Abercych and Newchapel (Welsh: Capelnewydd).

History[edit]

Manordeifi's old parish church, situated in the edge of the River Teifi floodplain at 52°03′30″N 4°35′08″W / 52.05846°N 4.58557°W / 52.05846; -4.58557, was abandoned in favour of a new church built on the hill top in the nineteenth century. The old church (mainly 13th-14th century) preserves many old features.[1] A coracle hangs in the porch, providing a means of escape during floods.

Main article: Manordeifi Old Church

The population of the parish was: 745 (1801): 956 (1851): 631 (1901): 602 (1951): 402 (1981). The percentage of Welsh speakers was: 87 (1891): 94 (1931): 74 (1971).

Notable houses[edit]

There was an unusually large number of substantial mansions in the parish, perhaps because of the picturesque scenery and good angling in the area. These included Clynfyw, Ffynone (or Ffynnonau), Pentre and Castell Malgwyn.

Ffynone[edit]

Ffynone House

The Ffynone estate at Boncath belonged at one time to the Morgan family of Blaenbwlan, from whom it was purchased by Captain Stephen Colby in 1752. The Ffynone mansion, a listed building[2] was built in 1795 by architect John Nash and passed down in the Colby family to John Vaughan Colby. His wife commissioned architect and garden designer Inigo Thomas to improve the house and lay out the terraced gardens.

John Vaughan died in 1919 and, having no sons, left the estate to his daughter Aline Margaret, who had married Captain Cecil John Herbert Spence-Jones, son of the Dean of Gloucester, in 1908; the marriage was a notable occasion, reported in great detail and an occasion for local celebration, despite there being no guests at the wedding and no reception owing to the bride's mother's state of health.[3] Spence took the additional surname of Colby by royal licence in 1920 and subsequently sold the property in 1927 to a Glamorgan businessman.[4]

The house, in 20 acres of woodland, was bought and restored from 1987 onwards by Owen Lloyd George, 3rd Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor and remains (2013) in the Lloyd George family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Friends of Friendless Churches - Manordeifi". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ffynone". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Marriage of Capt. Cecil Spence-Jones". Gloucester Journal (British Newspaper Archive). 20 June 1908. Retrieved 5 August 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "National Library of Wales-Ffynone Estate Records". Archives Wales. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

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