Amroth

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Amroth
Amroth village.jpg
Amroth village and beach
Amroth is located in Pembrokeshire
Amroth
Amroth
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population1,232 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN1607
Community
  • Amroth
Principal area
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNARBERTH
Postcode districtSA67
Dialling code01834
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire
51°44′N 4°40′W / 51.73°N 04.66°W / 51.73; -04.66Coordinates: 51°44′N 4°40′W / 51.73°N 04.66°W / 51.73; -04.66

Amroth is both a village, a parish[2] and a community 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Located on Carmarthen Bay, Amroth is noted for its long sandy beach which stretches the length of the village. It regularly earns a Blue Flag award.[3] and is the south-to-north start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Amroth is within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The name is Welsh, and probably means "on (the brook called) Rhath".[4]

History[edit]

The beach stretches the whole length of the village and at extreme low tide, the petrified forest, destroyed when sea levels rose 7,000 years ago, can still be seen. Fossilised antlers, nuts and animal bones and Neolithic flints have been discovered.[5] The parish, which appeared as Amrath on a 1578 parish map of Pembrokeshire,[6] was an important anthracite coal mining area until the end of the 19th century. Slight remains of mines and tramways are still visible. Ruins of Amroth Castle still remain, and one mile inland is the Anglican parish church of St Elidyr, which is a grade II* listed building.[7]

Amroth Castle[edit]

Amroth Castle

Amroth Castle stands on the north side of the unclassified coast road east of the village of Amroth. It is surrounded by a high wall with an entrance archway at the south-western corner. The present building is a 19th-century country house built in the style of a mock castle which possibly replaced a small stone castle dating from the 12th century. The gatehouse is much restored. The ruinous remains of the house are a grade I listed building.[8]

After passing through several hands the castle was used as a lunatic asylum in the 1850s. Converted back to a private house in the 1880s it was later owned and occupied by Owen Colby Philipps, the shipping magnate who bought the White Star Line and was created Baron Kylsant of Carmarthen and Amroth in 1923.[9] It passed to his daughter Nesta, who had married George Coventry, grandson of the 9th Earl of Coventry. They moved out in 1930 when George inherited the Coventry title and estates.

Walking trails[edit]

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs west along the coast from its start at Amroth. This national trail has since 2012 also formed a part of the Wales Coast Path which continues eastwards from Amroth over the headland of Telpyn Point towards Pendine.[10] Amroth is also the southern terminus of the Knights' Way, which runs north to St Davids Cathedral.[11] A section of the Cistercian Way also passes through.[12]

Governance[edit]

Amroth is an electoral ward and a community in Pembrokeshire, which includes Amroth, Crunwere, Summerhill, Stepaside, Pleasant Valley, Wisemans Bridge, Llanteg and Llanteglos.[13] The ward elects a councillor to Pembrokeshire County Council and up to twelve community councillors to Amroth Community Council.[14]

Amenities[edit]

The beach which stretches the length of the village earned a Blue Flag award in 2020 and the eastern end has had a lifeguard for part of the summer.[15] Public toilets are available at either ends of the village.[16][17] The main car park is managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward and community population 2011". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  2. ^ "GENUKI: Amroth". Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ https://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/towns-and-villages/amroth
  4. ^ Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, pp. 464–5
  5. ^ "Amroth beach". BBC Wales. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Penbrok comitat". British Library.
  7. ^ "St Elidyr's Church, Amroth". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Amroth Castle, Amroth". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Amroth Castle". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Wales Coast Path officially opens with events in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Flint". BBC News. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2020. The world's first coastal path to cover an entire country has been officially opened in Wales.
  11. ^ "Walking Pembrokeshire: Canaston Woods Walk". Pembrokeshire County Council. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Cistercian Way: Penally to Amroth". BBC Wales. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  13. ^ Pembrokeshire County Council Community review
  14. ^ "First vote for almost three decades", Western Telegraph, 1 May 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Amroth Beach - Visit Pembrokeshire". www.visitpembrokeshire.com. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Public Toilets in Pembrokeshire". www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Pembrokeshire County Council Amroth car parks". 14 November 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Parking". Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Retrieved 15 February 2021.

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