Dale, Dinas, Druidston, Dugledu Cantref.

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Dale        (810058)

Nowadays the Dale Yacht Club organizes sailing races throughout the summer with a regatta during August.

Dale Sailing Company provides a chandlery service and much else besides.

Note that the beach is stony rather than sandy, and that there is a lack of car-parking space.

Dale Castle is modern rather than ancient and is not open to the public. Much more interesting is Dale Fort, one of the Victorian defences of Milford Haven, well preserved and used as a field study centre.

Acc/to Topographical Dictionary of Wales - S Lewis.

The scenery is of a bold and striking character; and from the higher grounds are obtained some extensive and pleasing views over St. George's Channel to the south and east, and of the adjacent country to the north. Dale Castle, formerly the mansion of the Allens, passed by marriage with the heiress to John Lloyd, Esq., of Mabus, in the county of Cardigan, and is now the property of his grandson, John P. Lloyd Allen Phillips, Esq. It is an embattled structure, and has been modernized and greatly improved by the addition of two spacious wings, communicating with the center by two circular projecting towers; the edifice now forms one of the finest castellated mansions in the county, and, from its situation, is a prominent and interesting object in the scenery of the place. The living is a perpetual curacy, endowed with 800 royal bounty; net income, 65; patron and impropriator, Mr. Phillips. The church, dedicated to St. James, and rebuilt in 1761 at the sole expense of John Allen, Esq., is a neat edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, and containing an elegant font of marble, presented to the parish by the same gentleman. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, and a Sunday school is held in the church. Along the cliffs by which this part of the coast is bounded, are remains of several ancient encampments, apparently of Danish construction.

Acc/to South Pembrokeshire Place Names by P. V. Harris Old English doel or old Norse dal-r, probably "deep low place" but the name appears onto have been Vale, Old French.

1293 Robert de Vale received a grant of a weekly market and annual fair at his manor of Vale.

South Wales by Wade 1913.

Near the entrance of Miford Haven 10 mls SW of Haverfordwest. It was here, at Mill Bay, 2mls to the S. that Henry Tudor, afterwards Heny VII, landed in 1485. Dale castle is a modern residence incorporating part of an earlier fortress. At St Anne's head is a lighthouse and there are two others at Great Castle Head. now a sailing centre located inside the entrance to Miford Haven. Dale was much larger in the middle ages and 600 people died here of plague in the 1600's.

Acc/to South Wales - H L V Fletcher 1956.

Once a medieval town and thriving trading and shipbuilding centre. In the 18c had 18 inns and a town hall but they were covered by the sea. Dale castle hardly built in a strategic position in 13c property of the de Vales descendants of a knight who had accompanied Martin de Tours on his invasion of North Pembrokeshire. Ancestor had accompanied Stongbow Earl of Pembroke in the invasion of Ireland.

Subsequent owner was the Walter family of Roch and Rosemarket from whom Lucy Walter was descended - she was the mistress of wife of Charles II and mother of the unfortunate Duke of Monmouth.

Dale Fort - The Western Blockhouse.

The most westerly part of the nineteenth century fortifications of the Milford Haven. It had a single battery of six heavy guns which commanded the entrance to the Haven . There was a defensible barracks to protect from a landward attack. It was completed in 1857 and was manned by one officer and 34 men. It continued in use till after the Second World War.

Pair of Lime Kilns.

Churches of Pembrokeshire - Slater.

Dale St James: The west tower is is 15c. The nave and chancel south walls and their windows are Victorian but the battered east and north walls are medieval.

Acc/to G. Mason Pembroke Dock: Royal Dockyard and neighbourhood 1905.

On the occasion of a villagers marriage at Dale, which took place shorty after the Wreck, (of a ship laden with Whisky at Angle just across the Haven) a yacht laden with a visiting party from Pembroke Dock, fired a salute from two cannon on board, which, by the way, disturbing all the crows in the Rurig woods - not a few - which added interest to the event of the happy couple and procession returning from the Church.

The visitors from the yacht were duly invited to partake of supper on shore and on sitting down to a well-crowded table each visitor faced a bottle of whisky - manufactured on the premises no doubt.

Acc/to Pembrokeshire Parson.

This Perpetual Curacy was established prior to 1291. Described as "Ecclesia de Valle," it is valued in the Taxatio at 5 6s. 8d, the Tenths thereon payable to the King being 10s. 8d. It was part of the possessions of the Priory of St. Thomas, Haverfordwest, and by the year 1594 it had come into the hands of the Crown. - Owen's Pem.

Dale appears in the list of churches appropriated to the Priory of St. Thomas, Haverfordwest, and is valued at 10 per annum. - Valor Eccl.

Under the heading "Not in Charge.": Dale Curacy (St. James), David Allen, Esq., 6 certified value. - Bacon's Liber Regis.

On 9 Aug., 1890, a faculty was granted for the restoration of the Parish Church.

On St. Anne's Head, in Dale Parish, formerly stood a chapel dedicated to St. Anne. It was in ruins in Queen Elizabeth's time, and as will be seen by the following extract from George Owen's Description of Milford Haven, it formed an important landmark for Mariners:

[Mariners] ayme their course till they see St. Annes Chappel being an ould chappel decayed having a rounde towre builded like a windmyllne or pigeon howse of stonne, as I esteerne yt xxti# foote highe the towre and chappel standeth soe mounted that it is seene first of any land markes, and by this they knowe where to finde the entrance into the harborowe [Milford Haven] for it standeth within three flight shootes west of the havons mouth. - Owen's Pem. Pt. II., p. 55X.

Fenton states that one of the old lighthouses was built on the site of St. Ann's Chapel.

Dale Castle - Tony Roberts 1989. Dale Castle is a private house just north of the village. It is not open to the public, although one has a good view of it from the road. Parts of a much earlier castle are incorporated in the present house. Though hardly built in strategic position, the castle was in the 13th century the property of the de Vales, descendants of a knight who had accompanied Martin de Tours, the invader of north Pembrokeshire. An ancestor had been one of the adherents of Strongbow, earl of Pembroke, in the invasion of Ireland. The male line died out early; a subsequent owner was the Walter family of Roch and Rosemarket, from whom Lucy Walter was descended. She was the mistress or wife of Charles II and mother of the unfortunate Duke of Monmouth. Paynters, Allens and Lloyds owned the castle afterwards and it is now in the possession of the Lloyd Philipps family. No admission.

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Dinas        012389

A straggling village on the A478 east of Fishguard. The village runs along the foot of the steep northern slope of the Carningli- Mynydd Dinas upland. Millions of years ago the coastal strip hereabouts was beneath the sea, and breakers crashed against the cliffs some 200 feet above present sea-level. You can still see the old stacks and cliff-face crevices from the road together with spectacular meltwater channels cut during the Ice Age. The parish church, built in 1860, is at Brynhenilan.

To the north is Dinas Island, so called because it is almost an island separated from the mainland by a deep glacial meltwater channel. The narrow valley once known as Ynys Fach Llyffan Gawr (The little Island of Llyffan the Giant). It had its own herd of feral goats until 1947. The walk around this headland is magnificent,

Dinas Island is the locale for two of R.M. Lockley's books, namely Island Farmer and Golden Year.

Acc/to The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park by Dillwyn Miles

Dinas  "the little fort" is a long strung out village that follows in part an ancient shore line.

Acc/to The Old Parish Churches of South West Wales by Mike Salter (1994)

Dinas St Brynach: Only the west gable with a 15c doorway and a fragment of the south wall remain beside the shore. The rest of the church was destroyed in a gale in the autumn of 1859. Old drawings show it as cruciform with a double bellcote on the west gable.

Acc/to - Topographical Dictionary of Wales - S Lewis.

Dinas, a parish in the hundred of Kemmes, county of Pembroke 5 miles NE by E from Fishguard, containing 741 inhabitants. This parish which is situated on the coast of St George's channel and intersected by the turnpike road from Fishguard to Newport is of small extent and probably owes its name, which signifies fortress or city to the bold promontory of Dinas head which forms one side of Fishguard bay and was fortified on the land side by an agger now nearly demolished.The living is a discharged rectory in the archdeaconry of Cardigan and diocese of St David's rated in the king's books at 8 and in the patronage of Thomas Lloyd Esq.The church dedicated to St Brynach, occupies a remarkable situation on the beach,and at spring tides the walls of the Churchyard are washed by the sea; but it is probable that this was not the site of the original structure from a place called Bryn Henllan  "old Church hill" in the vicinity.

There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents and Calvanistic Methodists.

The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is 106 2s.

Acc/to Pembrokeshire Parsons.

This living is a rectory which appears to have been from the earliest time in the patronage of the lords of Kemes as appendant to their Barony of Kemes.

Dinas Church was in 1291 assessed at 2 6s. Ed. - Taxatio.

Under the heading "livings Discharged" Dinas alias Dynas R. (St. Brynach). William Laugharne, Esq., 1708, and William Lloyd, Esq., Lords of Kemys; Thomas Lloyd. Esq.. and Anne his wife, 1753, 1758; John Bateman, 1784. Clear yearly value, 42. King's Books, 8. - Bacon's Liber Regis.

On 8 Nov., 1859 the schoolroom was licensed for divine service on account of the destruction of the church. This is no doubt the date when the sea encroached on the shore, and washed away a portion of the old church, known as Cwm yr Eglwys Church, the remains of part of which are still to be seen at the little cove called Cwm yr Eglwys, situated at the north end of the small valley between what is known as Dinas Island and the mainland land.

On 5 April, 1887, a faculty was granted for the removal of the body of Harriet Mary Mansfield from Dinas Church-yard to the churchyard of the parish of Thornton Le Moors, in the county of Chester.

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Druidston Haven        862170   (south of Nolton Haven)

Acc/to South Pembrokeshire Place Names by P Valentine Harris

Druidston [Drewston] Originally Drueston. A foreign knight of the reign of Henry I, one Alfred Drue, was signatory to several grants to religious houses in Dyfed. Drue seems to have founded Drueston in the first quarter of the 12c. The sandy cove was used by the Fitzgerald contingent during Stongbow's expedition to Ireland.

The Rev. John Grant, Vicar of Roch and Nolton, in addition to inventing the measuring wheel gained a great deal of notoriety because of his condemning those of his parisioners from Roch and Nolton who, whilst looting a wrecked ship containing a cargo of Gunpowder on Druidston Sands caused it to blow up, killing many and blinding others. He was said to have declared openly that it was an act of God punishing them for their wickedness.

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Dugledu Cantref

1175-6 not dated

The inhabitants of the cantref of Dugledu and those of Angle were recalled under the sentence of interdict. The latter, though dwelling in the province (provincial) of Penbroc, were Flemings, and  like those  of  Ros and Dugledu had spent money to obtain the  immunity, which  they likewise wished  to enjoy.

(Ger Camb. DE Rebus(R.S)Vol 1 p28)

Episcopal Acts relating to Welsh Dioceses 1066 - 1272 James Conway Davies Vol 1.

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