Narberth, Pembrokeshire

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Narberth
Welsh: Arberth
Narberth town view (2009).jpg
Narberth is located in Pembrokeshire
Narberth
Narberth
 Narberth shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 2,150 
OS grid reference SN110147
Community Narberth
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NARBERTH
Postcode district SA67
Dialling code 01834
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Welsh Assembly Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire

Coordinates: 51°47′56″N 4°44′32″W / 51.7989°N 04.7423°W / 51.7989; -04.7423

Narberth (Welsh: Arberth) is a town and community in Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales. It was founded around a Welsh court, but later became a Norman stronghold on the Landsker Line. It became the headquarters of the hundred of Narberth. It was once a marcher borough. George Owen described it in 1603 as one of nine Pembrokeshire "boroughs in decay".

The town, which is close to the A40 trunk road, holds a number of events throughout the year and is twinned with Ludlow, Shropshire.

History[edit]

Narberth was founded around a Welsh court, but later became a Norman stronghold on the Landsker Line. It became the headquarters of the hundred of Narberth. It was once a marcher borough. George Owen described it in 1603 as one of nine Pembrokeshire "boroughs in decay".[1]

Mythology[edit]

The town plays a high-profile role in Welsh mythology, where it is the chief palace of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, and a key setting in both the first and third branches of the Mabinogi.[2] A drama specially adapted for children based on the story of Culhwch and Olwen from the Mabinogion was staged at Narberth Castle when it was reopened to the public in 2005.

Location and description[edit]

Narberth is a mile south of the A40 trunk road (on the A478) and Narberth railway station is on the main line between Tenby and Pembroke.

The population was (2011) 2,150, of which a third are Welsh-speaking.

Notable people[edit]

Sir Thomas Foley was born in Llawhaden, near Narberth. A contemporary of Lord Nelson, he was a senior naval officer at the battles of the Nile and Copenhagen.[3]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

Narberth Castle ruins, 2005

Attractions in the town include several art galleries, the Narberth Museum, the former town hall which still houses the cell where the leaders of the Rebecca Riots were imprisoned and a ruined castle. Narberth has a range of independent shops, including a Daily Telegraph sponsored 'Best Traditional Business',[4] national award-winning butcher, women's boutiques, gift shops and has developed a reputation as an antiques centre.

Other attractions near to Narberth include Blackpool Mill, at the highest tidal reach of the River Cleddau, where otters and other wildlife may be seen and Oakwood Theme Park.

The town's cultural and arts centre, the Queen's Hall, has recently played host to live bands such as Therapy?, The Blockheads, The Automatic, Sonic Boom Six, Skindred, Send More Paramedics, Pendulum and Enter Shikari. Concerts, plays and many classes, such as Kung Fu, yoga and line dancing are held there and it has a contemporary art gallery and a restaurant.

The Bloomfield House Community Centre, a Community association and a registered charity is located in Narberth.

Twin town[edit]

Narberth is twinned with the English town of Ludlow, and both towns celebrate an annual food festival.[5]

Sport[edit]

Narberth is home to several sporting teams, including Narberth Rugby Football Club who currently play in the Welsh Championship, Narberth Football Club, and a cricket club.

Events[edit]

Visitors on carnival day

Narberth Food Festival takes place on the fourth weekend of September every year. It is a not for profit event run by volunteers. On Friday 100 local primary school children are invited to an education day where they take part in food-related activities. On the Saturday and Sunday there are stallholders selling food, drinks and cookware as well as talks, entertainment and children's activities.[6]

Narberth Civic Week is held during the last full week of July and includes a parade through the town to one of the churches, where a service is held to welcome the newly appointed Mayor. In 2008, the Civic Service was held in the grounds of Narberth Castle for the first time. During Civic Week, there are various activities arranged for children, families and visitors to the town. The culmination of Civic Week is the annual Carnival Day Parade, a tradition dating back over 100 years. Narberth's Winter Carnival, held in December, was revived in 2009, after a break of 4 years.

The town is also home to the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival, which is now (2015) in its seventh year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owen, George, The Description of Penbrokshire by George Owen of Henllys Lord of Kemes, Henry Owen (Ed), London, 1892
  2. ^ The Mabinogion: Pwyll Prince of Dyved and Manawyddan the Son of Llyr, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest. Online at www.sacred-texts.com.
  3. ^ Wareham, Tom (2004), "Foley, Sir Thomas (1757–1833)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.), Oxford University Press, retrieved 9 March 2008  (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. ^ "The Countryside Alliance website ''". Countrysideallianceawards.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  5. ^ Ludlow Town Council Ludlow's Twin Towns
  6. ^ "Home Page Narberth Food Festival 2012 - Gwyl Fwyd Arberth 2012". Narberthfoodfestival.com. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 

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