Spittal, Pembrokeshire

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St Mary's church, Spittal (2007)
Spittal is located in Pembrokeshire
Location within Pembrokeshire
Populationover 500
OS grid referenceSM976230
  • Spittal
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSA62
Dialling code01437 741 ...
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
51°52′08″N 4°56′28″W / 51.869°N 4.941°W / 51.869; -4.941Coordinates: 51°52′08″N 4°56′28″W / 51.869°N 4.941°W / 51.869; -4.941

Spittal is both a village, a parish and a community in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on the A40 trunk road, approximately halfway between Haverfordwest and Fishguard.

In the 2011 census, the population of the parish was 494.[1]


The village's name is a corruption of the word 'hospital' (Welsh: Ysbyty), which is also the root of such names as Spitalfields, London, Spital, Merseyside, Spital-in-the-Street, Lincolnshire, etc.: the village possessed a hospitium (place of accommodation for pilgrims) belonging to the Cathedral of St David's.[2] No trace of this remains.


The parish was in the Hundred of Dungleddy, and in the early 19th century had a population of 452, including a number of smaller settlements. There are the remains of several ancient encampments in the parish.[3][4]


In 2004 a new primary school was built in the village to educate approximately 150 pupils from the village and surrounding area.[5] Other amenities include a community hall, a village green and a pub, the Pump on the Green.

The parish church of St Mary is a Grade II listed building of mediaeval origins, but restored in the 19th century. The font is 12th or 13th century.[6]

Scolton Manor[edit]

Scolton Manor is a former Victorian country house converted into a museum of Pembrokeshire life. It is a grade II* listed building.[7][8]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Spittal Parish (W04000475)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  2. ^ Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, p 448
  3. ^ "GENUKI: Spittal". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ "GENUKI Parish Map 53: Spittal". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  5. ^ Spittal School website
  6. ^ Cadw. "Church of St Mary (Grade II) (25066)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Scolton Manor, Spittal". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  8. ^ Cadw. "Scolton Manor (Grade II*) (11984)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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