Walwyn's Castle

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Walwyn's Castle
  • Welsh: Castell Gwalchmai
Walwyn's Castle church - geograph.org.uk - 1542456.jpg
Walwyn's Castle is located in Pembrokeshire
Walwyn's Castle
Walwyn's Castle
Location within Pembrokeshire
OS grid referenceSM 8727 1121
• Cardiff84.1 mi (135.3 km)
• London213.2 mi (343.1 km)
  • Walwyn's Castle
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHaverfordwest
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
  • Preseli Pembrokeshire
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
  • Preseli Pembrokeshire
List of places
51°45′33″N 5°05′02″W / 51.759114°N 5.083859°W / 51.759114; -5.083859Coordinates: 51°45′33″N 5°05′02″W / 51.759114°N 5.083859°W / 51.759114; -5.083859

Walwyn's Castle (Welsh: Castell Gwalchmai) is a village, parish and community in the county of Pembrokeshire, Wales, and is 84 miles (135 km) from Cardiff and 213 miles (343 km) from London.[1][2] In 2011 the community's population was 361. [3]


The community of Walwyn's Castle consists of the parishes of Walwyn's Castle itself and the parishes of Hasguard and Robeston West.[4]

In 2011 the population of the community of Walwyn's Castle was 355 with 15.2 per cent able to speak Welsh.[5]


In his 12th century Gesta Regum Anglorum, William of Malmesbury claimed that the grave of Gawain (Latin: Walwen, Welsh: Gwalchmai) was found here around the end of the 11th century and that the castle mound covers the site.[6][7]

A castle was built within an Iron Age Hill fort by the Normans. There is an historic rath overlooking Walwyn's Castle. A geophysical survey was carried out in 2011.[4]

Walwyn's Castle was in the ancient hundred of Roose with its origins in the pre-Norman cantref of Rhôs. This and several other parishes fell within the mediaeval Barony of Walwyn's Castle, the caput of the Marcher Lord.[8]


The parish of Walwyn's Castle includes several scattered settlements.[7][9]

Parish church[edit]

The earliest-known reference to Walwyn's Castle Church was 1291. The church was rebuilt around 1869 to 1878. Today the Church is in good repair with services held there every Sunday.[4]


The village school closed in the late 1950s, converted to a village hall, and substantially renovated in 2004.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gwalchmai Bangor University Placenames Unit (Canolfan Bedwyr); accessed 9 May 2014
  2. ^ Google Maps (Map). Google.
  3. ^ https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/localarea?compare=W04000483
  4. ^ a b c d "Pembrokeshire Town and Community Councils: Walwyns Castle". Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  5. ^ Welsh Government website; 2011 Census Returns and stats; accessed 9 May 2014
  6. ^ Gesta Regum, William Stubbs, 1889, vol. 2, p. 89
  7. ^ a b "GENUKI: Walwyn's Castle". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Dyfed Archaeology: Hoaten to Hasguard". Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  9. ^ "GENUKI Parish Map 162". Retrieved 27 March 2020.

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