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Pontyglasier is located in Pembrokeshire
Location within Pembrokeshire
OS grid referenceSN1436
  • Eglwyswrw
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA
FireMid and West Wales
EU ParliamentWales
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51°59′N 4°43′W / 51.99°N 4.71°W / 51.99; -4.71Coordinates: 51°59′N 4°43′W / 51.99°N 4.71°W / 51.99; -4.71

Pontyglasier (English: Bridge of the glacier - origin obscure), sometimes recorded as Pontyglazier, is a small village 1.3 miles (2 km) south of Eglwyswrw in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on an unclassified road 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Crosswell. It is a scattered rural settlement with few amenities.


Pontyglasier is in the community of Eglwyswrw[1] and sits near the confluence of two streams, Afon Bannon and Afon Clun-Maen, just south of the point where they join the River Nevern. The bridge referred to in the name spans the Bannon. Pontyglasier is set in undulating farmland in the Welsh-speaking north of the county and is a dispersed settlement centred around the chapel.[2] It is on the border of two parishes: Meline and Eglwyswen[3] and falls ecclesiastically within the latter.[4]


In 1891, seven clergymen, including Thomas Morris of Pontyglasier, were charged with beating a bailiff attempting to recover tithe arrears. They were remanded on bail of £40 each.[5] They appeared before magistrates a month later, in which the Reverend Morris was accused of knocking the bailiff’s hat off three times during a scuffle. The magistrates found the assault proved against three of the defendants, including Morris, who was fined £3 plus costs for his part.[6][7]

A Sunday School trip in 1900 was a rare event to be photographed.[8]


Bethabara Welsh Baptist Chapel

Bethabara Welsh Baptist Chapel is a Grade II listed building constructed in 1873 replacing the former chapel built in 1826. The present chapel is built from Cilgerran stone, and there was originally an eleventh-hour clock face painted on the façade but this has since been rendered over.[9][10]


There is a Landrover and general vehicle maintenance business, Yr Efail Garage (suggesting the presence of a former smithy), in Pontyglasier and an animal boarding establishment.[11]


  1. ^ "Eglwyswrw Community Council". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Dyfed Archaeology: Eglwyswrw". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ "GENUKI: Parish maps". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ "GENUKI: Eglwyswen". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Tithe agitation in Pembrokeshire". South Wales Daily News. British Newspaper Archive. 7 July 1891. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Police-court proceedings at Newchapel". South Wales Daily News. British Newspaper Archive. 5 August 1891. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Police-court proceedings at Newchapel: Result of the cases". South Wales Daily News. British Newspaper Archive. 6 August 1891. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  8. ^ "People's Collection Wales: Pontyglasier Sunday school trip". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  9. ^ "British Listed Buildings". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  10. ^ Lloyd, T., Orbach, J. and Scourfield, R. (2004). Pembrokeshire. Yale University Press. p. 367. ISBN 9780300101782. Retrieved 11 February 2016.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Pembrokeshire County Council: Animal Establishment Licences". Retrieved 11 February 2016.