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High Street and Town Hall
View of St. Mary's church, Herbrandston
Herbrandston is located in Pembrokeshire
Herbrandston shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 397 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SM899061
Principal area
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SA73
Dialling code 01646
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
List of places
51°43′35″N 5°05′09″W / 51.726443°N 5.085726°W / 51.726443; -5.085726Coordinates: 51°43′35″N 5°05′09″W / 51.726443°N 5.085726°W / 51.726443; -5.085726

Herbrandston is a village and community on the north side of the River Cleddau, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is located to the west of Milford Haven and Hakin and east of St Ishmael's. Before 1960 and the building of the ESSO oil refinery, the village only had a population of 200; as infrastructure grew, so did the population. The size of the village increased within a matter of years, as housing estates associated with the refinery were built. The village has a population of 1,523,[citation needed] 15% of which is Welsh-speaking.


Herbrandston's name derives from a Norman or Flemish settler in Pembrokeshire, named Herbrand, who, soon after the Norman Conquest, settled here.[2] It was part of the historical hundred of Roose.


St Mary's church in the village contains a worn effigy of what appears to be a 14th-century knight holding a sword. Its tower has two levels; the third level, which contained battlements, was removed between 1740 and 1770.[3] The village green was the site of an annual Hiring Fair, held on 12 August.[2]

Thankful village[edit]

Herbrandston is one of only 14 doubly[4] Thankful Villages in the UK, in that it suffered no fatalities during either World War I or World War II.[5]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Samuel (1849). A Topographical History of Wales. pp. 411–418. 
  3. ^ Milford Haven Walks, PLANED, 2005
  4. ^ "BBC News - Thankful Villages". BBC. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  5. ^ Morgan, Tom. "Hellfire Corner". Thankful Villages. 

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