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Clydau parish church
Clydau is located in Pembrokeshire
Clydau shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 715 (2011)[1]
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Llanfyrnach
Postcode district SA35 0
Dialling code 01239
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
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51°59′24″N 4°32′56″W / 51.99°N 4.548889°W / 51.99; -4.548889Coordinates: 51°59′24″N 4°32′56″W / 51.99°N 4.548889°W / 51.99; -4.548889

Clydau (sometimes Clydaï or Clydey) is a parish and community in the Hundred of Cilgerran in Pembrokeshire, Wales, consisting of a small group of properties around the 14th century Grade II-listed parish church,[2] 8 km southwest of Newcastle Emlyn and 13 km southeast of Cardigan. Although Clydau is tiny, the parish is large, encompassing several larger hamlets including Bwlchygroes and Star, the village of Tegryn, and a large number of scattered farms. The community consists of the parishes of Clydey and West Cilrhedyn (3 km to the east: church at 51°59′9″N 4°30′32″W / 51.98583°N 4.50889°W / 51.98583; -4.50889).

The meaning of the Welsh placename is uncertain, although the church is now dedicated to Ste. Clydaï, an alleged daughter of Brychan.[3] During the early Middle Ages, the present town was the site of Llangeneu ('St Ceneus'),[4] which was accounted one of the seven principal sees of Dyfed despite having no endowment of land.[5]

The River Cneifa, a tributary of Afon Cych, divides the parish into two ancient divisions: Uwchlawrllan to the southeast and Islawrllan to the northwest. A remote upland area with no classified roads, the community is mostly Welsh-speaking.

Census population of community 1100 (1801): 1457 (1851): 1057 (1901): 829 (1951): 681 (2001): 715 (2011). The percentage of Welsh speakers was: 99 (1891); 97 (1931); 91 (1971).

Clydau has its own elected community council and gives its name to an electoral ward of Pembrokeshire County Council. The electoral ward of Clydau covers the communities of Clydau and Boncath. It had a population (2001) of 1425, with 58% Welsh speakers.


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "British Listed Buildings: Church of Saint Clydai, Clydau". Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, p 678
  4. ^ James, Heather. "The Geography of the Cult of St Davids" in St David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation, p. 59. Boydell Press, 2007. Accessed 26 Mar 2013.
  5. ^ Wade-Evans, Arthur. Welsh Medieval Law, p. 263.

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