Dale, Pembrokeshire

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Dale, Pembrokeshire.jpg
View over the village, towards Milford Haven and the Pembroke Refinery
Dale is located in Pembrokeshire
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population225 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSM809057
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA73
Dialling code01646
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
List of places
51°43′N 5°10′W / 51.71°N 5.17°W / 51.71; -5.17Coordinates: 51°43′N 5°10′W / 51.71°N 5.17°W / 51.71; -5.17

Dale is a small village and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales, located on the peninsula which forms the northern side of the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway. The village has 205 inhabitants according to the 2001 census, increasing to 225 at the 2011 Census.


It was once a marcher borough, controlled by the Norman de Vale family from the 13th century Dale Castle. Owen, in 1603, described it as one of nine Pembrokeshire "boroughs in decay".[2] Located in the hundred of Roose, it is part of Little England beyond Wales, and has been English-speaking since the 12th century. The name (Old Norse: Dalr = "valley") suggests prior occupation by Scandinavians.[3] The nearby RAF Dale airfield was active from 1941 to 1948. Following cessation of activities in World War II, RAF Dale was decommissioned, and the site became occupied by the Fleet Air Arm as RNAS Dale (HMS Goldcrest), a satellite of HMS Goldcrest at RNAS Brawdy.

Henry Tudor[edit]

In 1485, Henry Tudor landed at Mill Bay near Dale[4] before the Battle of Bosworth, after which he became King Henry VII. Villagers mark the anniversary; the most spectacular commemoration was for the 500th anniversary in 1985.

Sea Empress disaster[edit]

On 15 February 1996, the oil tanker Sea Empress grounded at the Milford Haven entrance, spilling 72,000 tonnes of crude oil.


Dale Fort is a Victorian era fort located on a rocky promontory that now houses a field studies centre, for study of local marine biology, biology, geology, geomorphology, and other related fields.

Dale is a local centre for sailing, and Windsurfing is taught in the Dale bay, along with sailing and boat handling courses. Dale is also often the location of sailing galas. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path passes through the village and around the Dale peninsula.

The Dale Coronation Hall is used for many events in the community and is home to the D.A.D.S. (Dale Amateur Dramatic Society). The society performs a play, pantomime or sketch every year in March. The group is made up of villagers, friends and families from all around the peninsula who come together to sing, dance and perform.

The 2011 census showed 5.9% of the population could speak Welsh, a fall from 11.0% in 2001.[5]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Penbrokshire by George Owen of Henllys, Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892; New edition (1994) Gomer Press, ISBN 1-85902-120-4
  3. ^ Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, p 583
  4. ^ Laws, Edward (1888). The History of Little England Beyond Wales (PDF). Bell, London. p. 223. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ "2011 Census results by Community". Welsh Language Commissioner. 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.[permanent dead link]

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