Croes-goch

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Croesgoch
Croesgoch cottages - geograph.org.uk - 418128.jpg
Cottages in Croes-goch
Croesgoch is located in Pembrokeshire
Croesgoch
Croesgoch
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population400 
OS grid referenceSM8230
Community
  • Llanrhian
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHAVERFORDWEST
Postcode districtSA62
Dialling code01348
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire
51°55′N 5°10′W / 51.92°N 5.17°W / 51.92; -5.17Coordinates: 51°55′N 5°10′W / 51.92°N 5.17°W / 51.92; -5.17

Croes-goch (also spelled Croesgoch) is a village in North Pembrokeshire, West Wales.[1][2] It is situated on the A487 between Fishguard and St David's. It lies some five miles northeast of St Davids on the junction of the A487 St Davids to Fishguard road with the B4330 Llanrhian to Haverfordwest. The village, which has a population of about 400, lies within Llanrhian Community Council and lies two miles south of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

History[edit]

There are a number of ancient burial mounds in the general vicinity and a previous site of a windmill. An old private tollgate still stands and is now used as a holiday cottage. Croesgoch lies on one of the pilgrimage routes to St David's cathedral. Nearby, at Mesur-y-Dorth, a specially carved stone, indicates a spot where people shared their bread before the last stage of their journey.

The name of the village is thought to originate from a battle which occurred near the village and resulted in a slaughter and a mythical river of blood that formed a cross - Croes-Goch. The oldest archaeological remains that have been found in the village is a cist burial tomb carbon dated c 500 AD unearthed during building work.

The Baptist Chapel, which is situated near the village centre, was built in 1858 and played a crucial role in village life. Nearby, churches include Llanrhian and Llanhywel.

On an 1842 Tithe Map shows only a small group of three or so cottages, with a building designated as a Chapel. Similarly, the 1841 census shows only a small group of three cottages.

Over the years the village has grown with building mainly taking place on the Llanrhian, Abereiddi and Trefeigan roads.

The Modern Village[edit]

The village now has various amenities, including a bilingual primary school, a chapel, an art gallery (dedicated to the work of John Knapp Fisher), a garage, a large farm store, the Artramont Arms pub, and a beauty salon.

The Croesgoch exchange was the first in North Pembrokeshire to have broadband enabled back in April 2004.[3]

Culture[edit]

The Croesgoch Garden Show committee organises the annual show which takes place at the school. This has been running for 65 years. Other events include a Heritage Group that meets every month & is twinned with Charleville history society in Co Cork, Ireland, the Women’s Institute, carol singing, the nearby church fete in Llanrhian which takes place in August and Llanhywel Church Strawberry Fayre in late July and local women come together to recite poetry. Every year in the month of June a vintage tractor run is held in Croesgoch and it attracts much local interest. The leading painter John Knapp Fisher lived and worked here in Trevigan Gallery until his death in 2015. The gallery is still open selling prints of his work. A specialist bakery is due to open in 2019 in part of Farm Stores.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Croes-goch". Ordnance Survey.
  2. ^ "Croes-goch Village (411561)". Coflein. RCAHMW. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  3. ^ "SamKnows - Broadband Availability - Croesgoch (SWZZH) Exchange". www.samknows.com. Retrieved 12 February 2016.