Parish church of St. David
Bridell shown within Pembrokeshire
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Bridell (Welsh: Y Bridell) is a hamlet (place) and also a parish in Pembrokeshire, Wales, situated in the north of the county. The parish includes the village of Pen-y-bryn. Together with the parishes of Cilgerran and Llantood, it constitutes the community of Cilgerran.
The hamlet of Bridell is situated on the A478, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Cardigan and consists of a few private houses, the church (St David's) and Plas Bridell Manor house, a 19th-century mansion which is now a nursing home.
In the churchyard of St David's is a 9 feet (2.7 m) high stone cross whose inscription is no longer readable. The parish area was estimated at 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) in 1844 with a population of 404. Official census figures were: 248 (1801): 335 (1851): 237 (1901): 220 (1951): 221 (1981) with the proportion of Welsh speakers 94% (1891), 90% (1931) and 51% (1971).
In 1890, local clergy were reported to be in "great distress" through the failure to collect tithes amounting to £1,738 over six parishes, with Bridell owed £249; previous attempts at recovery had been "crushed by riotous crowds".
Pen-y-Bryn (English meaning: top of the hill), also referred to as Penybryn, is a small village situated on the northern side of the parish at a crossroads dominated by the Pen-y-Bryn Arms public house on one side and Penybryn Baptist Chapel, established in 1818, on the other.
The village has outgrown the hamlet of Bridell owing to a building surge in the latter part of the 20th century driven both by local need and by immigration from other parts of Wales and the UK.
The Pen-y-bryn Arms has stood at the crossroads at least since the 18th century and enjoys both local and passing trade, standing as it does on the main route into Cardigan from the south. The site formerly included a petrol station and garage, both now closed. There is a Victorian post box embedded in the front wall.
- Charles, B.G. (1992). The Placenames of Pembrokeshire. National Library of Wales. p. 347-8. ISBN 0-907158-58-7.
- "GENUKI: Bridell". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "An appeal from Welsh Clergymen". Gloucester Citizen. British Newspaper Archive. 11 July 1890. Retrieved 6 August 2014. (subscription required (. ))
- "Penybryn Baptist Chapel". Retrieved 12 Apr 2014.