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The General Stores, Mathry - - 305388.jpg
The General Stores in Mathry in 2007
Mathry is located in Pembrokeshire
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population572 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSM875315
  • Mathry
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHaverfordwest
Postcode districtSA62
Dialling code01348
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
51°56′45″N 5°05′23″W / 51.945785°N 5.089669°W / 51.945785; -5.089669Coordinates: 51°56′45″N 5°05′23″W / 51.945785°N 5.089669°W / 51.945785; -5.089669

Mathry (Welsh: Mathri) is a village, community and parish in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The hilltop village is 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Fishguard, close to the A487 road between Fishguard and St David's.


Mathry (formerly Mathrey or Merthyr) was in the hundred of Dewisland. A weekly market and annual fair were granted by letters patent in the reign of Edward III. The market had ceased by 1833 but the fair, on 10 October, still continued. Originally on the turnpike between Fishguard and St David's, it is now just north of the modern A487. There were 860 inhabitants in the parish in the early 1800s and a school for poor children was subsidised by Sir John Owen to the tune of £10 a year.[2] The parish, prior to 1850, was one of scattered settlements,[3] with slate quarrying employing local people.[4]


Mathry community includes the villages of Abercastle and Castlemorris. Mathry Community Council meets once a month in Mathry Community Hall.[5]


Mathry parish church

The parish church of the Holy Martyrs, dedicated to seven sainted men of Mathry, is in the centre of the village. It was built in 1869 on older foundations and restored in 1902. Richard Fenton wrote that the church of his day originally had a steeple which was blown down in a storm.[6]

Notable people[edit]

A genealogical search in 2006 by a Pembrokeshire man found that a Jemima Nicholas was baptised in the parish of Mathry on 2 March 1755. Haverfordwest Records Office thought this was likely to be the same Jemima Nicholas associated with the Battle of Fishguard.[7]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ Lewis, S. (1833). Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  3. ^ "GENUKI: Mathry parish map no.58". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  4. ^ "GENUKI: Mathry". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Pembrokeshire Town and Community Councils: Mathry Community Council". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  6. ^ "RCAHMW: Mathry". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Invasion heroine's records find". BBC News. Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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