Narberth, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates: 51°47′56″N 4°44′32″W / 51.7989°N 04.7423°W / 51.7989; -04.7423

Narberth
Welsh: Arberth
Narberth town view (2009).jpg
Narberth is located in Pembrokeshire
Narberth
Narberth
 Narberth shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 2,150 
OS grid reference SN110147
Community Narberth
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NARBERTH
Postcode district SA67
Dialling code 01834
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Welsh Assembly Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
List of places
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Pembrokeshire

Narberth (Welsh: Arberth) is a town in Pembrokeshire, Wales. (Population 2,150, of which a third are Welsh-speaking). It was founded around a Welsh court, but later became a Norman stronghold on the Landsker Line. It became the headquarters of the hundred of Narberth. It was once a marcher borough. George Owen described it in 1603 as one of nine Pembrokeshire "boroughs in decay".[1]

Narberth is a mile south of the A40 trunk road (on the A478) and benefits from a railway station on the line to Tenby and Pembroke.

The town plays a high-profile role in Welsh mythology, where it is the chief palace of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, and a key setting in both the first and third branches of the Mabinogi.[2] A drama specially adapted for children based on the story of Culhwch and Olwen from the Mabinogion was staged at Narberth Castle when it was reopened to the public in 2005. Its most famous son is possibly Sir Thomas Foley.[3]

Attractions in the town include several art galleries, the Narberth Museum, the former town hall which still houses the cell where the leaders of the Rebecca Riots were imprisoned and a ruined castle. Narberth is well known for its range of independent shops, including a Daily Telegraph sponsored 'Best Traditional Business',[4] national award-winning butcher, women's boutiques, gift shops and has developed a reputation as an antiques center.

Other attractions near to Narberth include Blackpool Mill, at the highest tidal reach of the River Cleddau, where otters and other wildlife may be seen and Oakwood Theme Park.

There are a number of civic events held each year, designed to reinforce the sense of community within the town.

Narberth Civic Week is held during the last full week of July and begins on the Sunday with a parade through the town to one of the Churches, where a service is held to welcome the newly appointed Mayor. In 2008, the Civic Service was held in the grounds of Narberth Castle for the first time, by special request of the then-Mayor, Councillor Radford-Smith. During Civic Week, there are various activities arranged for children, families and visitors to the town. The culmination of Civic Week is the annual Carnival Day Parade, a tradition dating back over 100 years. Narberth's Winter Carnival, held in December, was revived in 2009, after a break of 4 years.

The town's cultural and arts centre, the Queen's Hall, has recently played host to live bands such as Therapy?, The Blockheads, The Automatic, Sonic Boom Six, Skindred, Send More Paramedics, Pendulum and Enter Shikari. Concerts, plays and many classes, such as Kung Fu, yoga and line dancing are held there and it boasts a contemporary art gallery on the top floor as well as a restaurant on the ground floor.

The Bloomfield House Community Centre is a Community association and a registered charity. Narberth and District Community and Sports Association is the parent body and the Centre offers a very wide range of educational courses, leisure courses and sports and fitness facilities. Bloomfield also has a day nursery, after-school club, Cylch Meithrin, Cylch Ti a Fi, day care facilities for older people and a community bus available for hire.

Twin town[edit]

Narberth is twinned with the English town of Ludlow, and both towns celebrate an annual food festival.[5]

Sport[edit]

Narberth is home to several sporting teams, including Narberth RFC who currently play in the Welsh Championship, Narberth Football Club, and a Cricket club.

Food Festival[edit]

Narberth Food Festival takes place on the fourth weekend of September every year. It is a not for profit event run by volunteers. On Friday 100 local primary school children are invited to an education day where they take part in food-related activities. On the Saturday and Sunday there are stallholders selling food, drinks and cookware as well as talks, entertainment and children's activities.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Penbrokshire by George Owen of Henllys Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892
  2. ^ The Mabinogion: Pwyll Prince of Dyved and Manawyddan the Son of Llyr, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest. Online at www.sacred-texts.com.
  3. ^ Tom Wareham, ‘Foley, Sir Thomas (1757–1833)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2007 accessed 9 March 2008 Oxford DNB - subscription required
  4. ^ "The Countryside Alliance website ''". Countrysideallianceawards.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  5. ^ Ludlow Town Council Ludlow's Twin Towns
  6. ^ "Home Page Narberth Food Festival 2012 - Gwyl Fwyd Arberth 2012". Narberthfoodfestival.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

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