St Florence

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St Florence
St. Florence Church, St. Florence, Pembrokeshire (geograph 2074137).jpg
St Florence's church
St Florence is located in Pembrokeshire
St Florence
St Florence
St Florence shown within Pembrokeshire
Population756 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN0808901170
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTENBY
Postcode districtSA70 8
Dialling code01834
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire
51°40′34″N 4°46′34″W / 51.676°N 4.776°W / 51.676; -4.776Coordinates: 51°40′34″N 4°46′34″W / 51.676°N 4.776°W / 51.676; -4.776

St Florence is a village, parish and community situated 4 miles (6 km) to the west of the seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It had a population of 490 (2001 Census Settlement data), 650 (2001 Census Community Council 993Ha)[2] 751(Parish Headcount)[3] in 2001. The present name of the village is taken from the saint to whom the church is dedicated, St. Florentius.

History[edit]

St Florence dates back to Norman times, and remains of 16th and 17th century buildings still exist, with Flemish chimneys, characteristic of Pembrokeshire, in evidence, named after Flemish settlers in the region. The river Ritec was navigable by small vessels as far upstream as St Florence until the 19th century when it silted up as a result of local land reclamation. The village is a noted stop on the Tenby to Whitland section of the Cistercian Way owing to its historical significance.[4]

Geography[edit]

St Florence sits on The Ritec, a river that flows eastwards to its estuary in Tenby. East of St Florence on the north bank of the river is Ritec Fen, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).[5]

St Florence Church (St. Florentius)[edit]

The 12th century parish church is dedicated to St Florentius; it was restored in the 19th century, and is a grade II* listed building.[6] In the church is a memorial to Robert Ferrar,[4] the Protestant Bishop of St Davids, who was burned at the stake at Carmarthen during the reign of Mary in 1555.

Public Transport[edit]

Bus Service 361 Edwards Coaches(Route: Pembroke Dock - Tenby)(As at 2016), nearest train station - Manorbier Manorbier railway station is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) southwest of the village.

Sport and leisure activities[edit]

St Florence's football side were the Pembrokeshire Division 3 Cup champions of the season 2006/2007. The village hosts an annual Duck Race on the river at Easter for charity.[7]

To the north of the village on the B4318 is Manor House Wildlife Park. Other local attractions include Heatherton World of Activities and The Dinosaur Park.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ Pembrokeshire County Council Census 2001 Settlement Profiles
  3. ^ "23001 Census - Neighbourhood Statistics".
  4. ^ a b "Cistercian Way - St Florence". Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Countryside Council for Wales - Ritec Fen". Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Church of St Florence, St Florence". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  7. ^ "St Florence Community Council". Pembroke Observer. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  8. ^ "St Florence Community Council". Retrieved 17 February 2018.

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