Haroldston West

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Haroldston West
St Madoc's Church, Haroldston West - geograph.org.uk - 1130799.jpg
St Madoc's Church
Haroldston West is located in Pembrokeshire
Haroldston West
Haroldston West
Location within Pembrokeshire
OS grid referenceSM862147
  • Merlin’s Bridge
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA61
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
  • Preseli Pembrokeshire
List of places
51°47′N 5°06′W / 51.79°N 5.1°W / 51.79; -5.1Coordinates: 51°47′N 5°06′W / 51.79°N 5.1°W / 51.79; -5.1

Haroldston West is a rural coastal parish in west Pembrokeshire, Wales,[1][2] 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of Haverfordwest. It is in the community of Merlin's Bridge.


A number of prehistoric remains exist in the parish.[3]

Haroldston West parish was in the ancient Hundred of Rhos, Pembrokeshire, and in 1833 had a population of 155. Its name is taken from that of an Anglo-Norman who held local lands.[1]

In 1872 the population was 149, living in 28 houses in an area of 1,718 acres (6.95 km2).[4]


The parish church is dedicated to St Madoc of Ferns.[5] Before the 1880s the church was a "barn-like old church of nave and chancel with big sash windows and a makeshift roof of salvaged ships' timbers" but had become derelict. It was rebuilt in 1885.[6]


  1. ^ a b "GENUKI: Haroldston West". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  2. ^ "GENUKI: Parish map". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. HMSO. 1925. p. 107. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  4. ^ "A Vision of Britain:Haroldston West". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  5. ^ "St Madoc of Ferns". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  6. ^ Lloyd, Orbach & Scourfield (2004). Pembrokeshire. Yale University Press. p. 200. Retrieved 25 April 2015.

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