Whitchurch, Pembrokeshire

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Whitchurch
Whitchurch is located in Pembrokeshire
Whitchurch
Whitchurch
Location within Pembrokeshire
OS grid referenceSM799255
Community
  • Solva
Principal area
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
EU ParliamentWales
List of places
UK
Wales
Pembrokeshire
51°53′N 5°12′W / 51.88°N 5.2°W / 51.88; -5.2Coordinates: 51°53′N 5°12′W / 51.88°N 5.2°W / 51.88; -5.2

Whitchurch (Welsh: Tregroes, lit. "Town of the Cross") is a small village and parish (Plwy'r Groes, lit. "Parish of the Cross") in north-western Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

Description[edit]

Whitchurch, located 2 km (1.2 mi) from the coast and 5 km (3.1 mi) east of St David's, includes the parish church (also dedicated to Saint David[1]) but only a few houses. The main settlement in the parish is Solva, whose own church is dedicated to St Aidan.[1] The parish of Whitchurch, together with St Elvis, make up the community of Solva.

History[edit]

By the churchyard gate is a standing stone called Maen Dewi, believed to be the lower part of a large Celtic cross.

The farm of Caerforiog, Whitchurch, is claimed as the birthplace of Adam Houghton, a 14th-century Lord Chancellor of England. In 1856, a small building survived at Caerforiog with an ogee-headed doorway, possibly dating from the 14th century.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b GENUKI. "Whitchurch (Tre-groes)".
  2. ^ W. B. Jones & E. A. Freeman, The history and antiquities of Saint David's (1856), p. 232