St Ishmaels (Pembrokeshire)

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This article is about the place in Pembrokeshire. For the community in Carmarthenshire, see St Ishmael (Carmarthenshire).
St Ishmaels
St Ishmaels is located in Pembrokeshire
St Ishmaels
St Ishmaels
 St Ishmaels shown within Pembrokeshire
OS grid reference SM899061
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SA62
Dialling code 01646
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Preseli Pembrokeshire
Welsh Assembly Preseli Pembrokeshire
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Coordinates: 51°42′51″N 5°02′34″W / 51.71418°N 5.04274°W / 51.71418; -5.04274

St Ishmaels or St. Ishmael's (Welsh: Llanismel) is a village and community close to the harbour of Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The community comprises most of the parish of St Ishmaels and had a population of 490 at the 2001 census.[1] The ward includes the communities of Herbrandston, Dale and Marloes and St. Brides. The community was subsequently merged with other communities and only the ward remained with the name St Ishmael's. This covers the entire peninsula with at total population at the 2011 census of 1,405.[2]

St Ishmael's church

The parish church of the local Saint Ismael is outside the village, hidden in a small valley near the Haven. In the Age of the Saints, it may have been the seat of the bishop of the cantref of Rhos.[3] As Llanismael, it was considered one of the principal dioceses of Dyfed under medieval Welsh law, second only to Menevia (modern St Davids).[4] With the Norman conquest, St Ishmaels became part of the Lordship of Haverfordwest. The church is a grade II listed building [5]

The South, West and East of the parish is bordered by the Milford Haven estuary with numerous important birdlife and marine fauna and forna as which are all contained within the pembrokeshire coast path. The north boundary is mainly farmland used for both grazing and arable purposes. Prince Charles's first footsteps on Welsh soil were at Lindsway Bay, to the south of the village with the royal yacht anchored off the beach.


  1. ^ Census 2001
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Williams, A. H., An Introduction to the History of Wales: Volume I: Prehistoric Times to 1063, UoWP, 1941, p 120
  4. ^ Wade-Evans, Arthur. Medieval Welsh Law, p. 263.
  5. ^ "Church of St Ishmael, St Ishmael's". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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