Meline, Pembrokeshire

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Meline
Parish Church, Meline, view from south - geograph.org.uk - 786563.jpg
Church of St Dogfael
Meline is located in Pembrokeshire
Meline
Meline
Location within Pembrokeshire
OS grid referenceSN118388
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Pembrokeshire
52°00′58″N 4°44′34″W / 52.0162°N 4.7427°W / 52.0162; -4.7427Coordinates: 52°00′58″N 4°44′34″W / 52.0162°N 4.7427°W / 52.0162; -4.7427

Meline (also recorded as Meliney and Melinau) is a parish in the Diocese of St David's in north Pembrokeshire, Wales. There is no settlement of this name.

History[edit]

While there is no settlement called Meline, the name may refer to a mill on one of the rivers that run through the north of the parish, including the Nevern and Brynberian.[1] The parish was in the Hundred of Cemais and in 1833 was described as including some ancient mansions as well as prehistoric features.[2] In 1835 the parish had a population of 492 of which 30 or 40 attended Sunday School in the summer months.[3] By the 1870s the population had fallen to 414 people, living in 108 houses and fell to below 300 in the mid-20th century.[4] At the turn of the 20th century Meline was sharing a Board School with Whitechurch (Eglwyswen).[5]

Parish[edit]

The parish, with an area of 4,523 acres (1,830 ha), includes the hamlet of Crosswell, a number of other minor settlements and farms, and extends southwards into the Preseli Mountains.[1] It is mostly within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.[6]

The former parish church, in the northern tip of the parish,[1] is dedicated to St Dogmael (or Dogfael) and is a Grade-II listed building by Cadw. It was built in 1865, replacing an earlier structure, possibly 13th century, some of which was incorporated into the present church, including the font.[7]

In 2017, the church was vested in the care of Friends of Friendless Churches, a charity that rescues redundant churches across England and Wales.[8]

A carved pew back from the earlier church is preserved at Penybenglog nearby, bearing the inscription (in Latin) "The pew of Matilda, wife of George Perrott, of Penybenglog, gentleman, 1626".[9] Penbenglog is a Grade-II listed house dating from the early 17th century, with earlier origins, and one of the oldest continuously-occupied sites in north Pembrokeshire.[10]

Notable people[edit]

Benjamin Evans (minister) (1740-1821) was born in the parish.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "GENUKI: Meline parish map". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ "GENUKI: Meline". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  3. ^ Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command. 43. HMSO. 1835. p. 1314.
  4. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time: History of Meline in Pembrokeshire. GB Historical GIS, University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Meline and Whitechurch School Inspection". The County Echo. 15 September 1904. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  6. ^ "GENUKI: St Dogfael, Meline, Church in Wales". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  7. ^ "British Listed Buildings: Church of St Dogfael". Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Friends of Friendless Churches: Meline". Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  9. ^ An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Wales and Monmouthshire: VII - County of Pembroke. 1925. p. 226. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  10. ^ "British Listed Buildings: Penbenglog". Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Welsh Dictionary of Biography: Evans, Benjamin". Retrieved 10 September 2016.