Ambleston shown within Pembrokeshire
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Ambleston (Welsh: Treamlod) is a village, parish and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is situated in the centre of the county, 11 km north of Haverfordwest. In addition to Ambleston village, the parish includes the hamlets of Wallis and Woodstock (Welsh: Wstog) . The community had a population of 367 in 2001. With the communities of Spittal and Wiston, it makes up the Pembrokeshire ward of Wiston.
The placenames, both English and Welsh placenames, mean "Amlot's farm", Amlot being a Norman-French name. The northern border of the parish is an ancient trackway leading towards St David's, with a Roman fortlet called "Castell Fflemish". This line is also the northern boundary of the cantref of Daugleddau, and was described by George Owen in 1602 as the language frontier, placing Ambelston in Little England beyond Wales. Ambleston was one of the parishes Owen described as bilingual, and in modern times it was predominantly Welsh-speaking.
In 1934, a small part of the parish was transferred to the parish of St. Dogwells. The pre-1934 parish had an area of 1558 Ha. Its census populations were: 421 (1801): 598 (1851): 386 (1901): 358 (1951): 309 (1981).
The percentage of Welsh speakers was 86 (1891): 79 (1931): 57 (1971).
- Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, pp 395
There has been centuries and centuries of battle between the two rivals, Ambleston and Little Newcastle. After the first major battle in 1671, which lasted 15 hours, Ambleston was victorious. Since that victory, Ambleston had dominated the battles that followed, against the inhabitants of Little Newcastle.
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