Spittal, Pembrokeshire

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Spittal
St Mary's church, Spittal - geograph.org.uk - 308991.jpg
St Mary's church in Spittal in 2007
Spittal is located in Pembrokeshire
Spittal
Spittal
Location within Pembrokeshire
Populationover 500
OS grid referenceSM976230
Community
  • Spittal
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHAVERFORDWEST
Postcode districtSA62
Dialling code01437 741 ...
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire
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 a village, parish and community that lies approximately halfway between Haverfordwest and Fishguard, near the village of Wolf's Castle in the county of Pembrokeshire in west Wales.

Name[edit]

The village's name is a corruption of the word 'hospital', 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.[1] No trace of this remains.

History[edit]

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.[2][3]

The population of the community in 2001 was 501. There was formerly a post office in the village, which closed on 8 January 2009.

Amenities[edit]

In 2004 a new primary school was built in the village to educate approximately 150 pupils from the village and surrounding area.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, p 448
  2. ^ "GENUKI: Spittal". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  3. ^ "GENUKI Parish Map 53: Spittal". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ Spittal School website
  5. ^ Cadw. "Church of St Mary  (Grade II) (25066)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Scolton Manor, Spittal". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  7. ^ Cadw. "Scolton Manor  (Grade II*) (11984)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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