St Elvis, Pembrokeshire
The Dinas Fawr headlands
beside the site of St Elvis
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St Elvis (Welsh: Llaneilfyw, [ɬanəilvəu]) is a parish in Pembrokeshire, Wales, about 4 miles (6 km) east of St David's. At 200 acres (81 ha) it is one of the smallest parishes in Wales but its rector was previously the superior of the vicar of the church at Solva (today dependent upon nearby Whitchurch instead). The parish of Whitchurch and St Elvis together form the community of Solva.
The name is a Latinized form of the Welsh saint Eilfyw, also well known by his Gaelic name Ailbe. Former forms of the name include Llanelvewe and Llanailfyw. According to Rhyddferch's 11th-century Life of Saint David, Elvis baptized Saint David in AD 454 at Porth Clais in Dyfed. (Note, however, that this dating seems unlikely.)
GENUKI notes church and chapel records dating from the 19th century, with two farms. There is still a St Elvis farm (Vagwr Eilw) and the ruins of the earlier monastery and church, covered with blackthorn. St Elvis's Well is also nearby and continued to produce 360 gallons an hour amid the 1976 drought.
There is a shrine to St Elvis, located at.
- "GENUKI: St Elvis". Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Breverton, Terry (2009). "Saint Elvis". Wales: A Historical Companion. Stroud: Amberley. p. 164.
- GENUKI. "Whitchurch (Tre-groes)".
- Everything2. "Saint Elvis".
- Breverton, Terry. An A-Z of Wales and the Welsh. Christopher Davies, 2000.
- The Catholic Encyclopedia. "St Ailbe". Hosted at New Advent.
- "Saint Elvis" in Terry Breverton's Wales: A Historical Companion, pp. 164 f. Amberley Publishing (Stroud), 2009.
- Hicks, Gareth (11 November 2007). "St Elvis (Llaneilfyw)". Retrieved 26 May 2009.
- St Elvis farm Solva Pembroke SA62 (Map). Google maps. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
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