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St Cristiolus's Church, Eglwyswrw. Photograph © John Ball, Brecon.

Eglwyswrw is a village and parish in the Hundred of Cemais, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

The parish church of St Cristiolus is situated in the centre of the village. The name means "church of St Eirw", and there once existed a chantry attached to the churchyard, in which this minor female saint was allegedly interred.

On the west side of the village is a small Norman motte. The village was important in earlier times, having several fairs, including the famous Meigan Fair. The district court met there - a function that is remembered in the name of the Serjeants Inn.

The parish is in the heart of the staunchly Welsh-speaking area of north Pembrokeshire and remains a bastion of the language.

 Pubs/Bars in Eglwyswrw:
 Butchers Arms
       SA41 3UJ
 01239 891630

 Schools/Colleges in Eglwyswrw:
 Ysgol Gynradd Eglwyswrw (Primary)
       SA41 3SN
 01239 891267

Eglwys-Wrw (Eglwys-Eirw) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
EGLWYS-WRW (EGLWYS-EIRW), a parish, in the union of Cardigan, hundred of Kemmes, county of Pembroke, South Wales, 6 miles (S. S. W.) from Cardigan, on the road to Haverfordwest; containing 560 inhabitants. This parish anciently formed an inferior lordship, dependent on the superior one of Kemmes. It is intersected by the river Nevern, and is included in a very mountainous district, of which the most remarkable height is that called Percelly, forming the centre of a long range extending across the county in a direction from east to west. The summit of the mountain commands a prospect of great extent; and over this elevated range passed the ancient Via Flandrica, or "Flemish Way," a Roman road which has obtained that appellation from the erroneous supposition of its having been constructed by the Flemings, who settled in this part of the principality in the reigns of Henry I. and Henry II. The parish comprises 3664 acres; it is almost entirely inclosed and under cultivation, and the soil is in general fertile. The village, which is situated near the base of the Percelly mountains, is one of the most pleasing in the county, and contains a good inn and several respectable houses. The scenery in the neighbourhood is bold, and finely varied, and the hills are richly clothed with wood: Berllan is an elegant mansion, beautifully situated in grounds which are tastefully laid out, and adorned with luxuriant plantations. A fair is held on the Monday before November 22nd.

The living is a discharged vicarage, rated in the king's books at £3. 13. 4., and endowed with £200 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant; patron, the Lord Chancellor; impropriators, John Davies, and George Griffiths, Esqrs., whose tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £170, and who are also possessed of a glebe of 30a. 1r. 14p. valued at £21. 10. per annum: the vicarial tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £80, with a glebe of 25a. 27p., valued at £15.10. per annum, and a glebehouse. The church is dedicated to St. Eirw; and in the time of Elizabeth there was a chantry chapel in the churchyard, said to have contained the tomb of this saint. The Baptists have a place of worship in the parish; and two Sunday schools are held, one of them in connexion with the Baptists, and the other with the Calvinistic Methodists. A sum of £20 per annum was left to the poor of Eglwys-Wrw by John Jones, of Pantyderri, in the year 1729, but the bequest is at the present time unproductive. Near the church is a large tumulus.


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