St Florence

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St Florence
St. Florence Church, St. Florence, Pembrokeshire (geograph 2074137).jpg
St Florence's church
St Florence is located in Pembrokeshire
St Florence
St Florence
 St Florence shown within Pembrokeshire
OS grid reference SN0808901170
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TENBY
Postcode district SA
Dialling code 01834
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire

Coordinates: 51°40′34″N 4°46′34″W / 51.676°N 4.776°W / 51.676; -4.776

St Florence is a village, parish and community situated 4 miles (6 km) to the west of the seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It had a population of 751 in 2001.[1] The present name of the village is taken from the saint to whom the church is dedicated.

History[edit]

St Florence dates back to Norman times, and remains of 16th and 17th century buildings still exist, with Flemish chimneys, characteristic of Pembrokeshire, in evidence, named after Flemish settlers in the region. The river Ritec was navigable by small vessels as far upstream as St Florence until the 19th century when it silted up as a result of local land reclamation. The village is a noted stop on the Tenby to Whitland section of the Cistercian Way owing to its historical significance.[2]

Geography[edit]

St Florence sits on The Ritec, a river that flows eastwards to its estuary in Tenby. East of St Florence on the north bank of the river is Ritec Fen, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).[3]

St Florence's Church[edit]

The 12th century church dedicated to the Norman saint St Florence, restored in the 19th century,[2] is a grade II* listed building.[4] In the church is a memorial to Robert Ferrar,[2] the Protestant Bishop of St Davids, who was burned at the stake at Carmarthen during the reign of Mary in 1555.

Transport[edit]

Manorbier railway station is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) southwest of the village.

Sport and leisure activities[edit]

St Florence's football side were the Pembrokeshire Division 3 Cup champions of the season 2006/2007. The village hosts an annual Duck Race on the river at Easter for charity.[5]

To the north of the village on the B4318 is Manor House Wildlife Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census 2001 "23001 Census - Neighbourhood Statistics". 
  2. ^ a b c "Cistercian Way - St Florence". Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Countryside Council for Wales - Ritec Fen". Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Church of St Florence, St Florence". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "St Florence Community Council". Pembroke Observer. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2014.