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Marloes and St. Brides in Pembrokeshire
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The communities of Marloes and St Brides (population 323 in 2001) are situated west
of Haverfordwest on a peninsula on the southern shore of St Brides Bay, within the
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Marloes & St Brides are surrounded to the north, west and south by sea, with 10 km
of beautiful cliff scenery and beaches such as St Brides Haven and Marloes Sands.
The parish also includes the island of Skomer, famous for its large populations of
seabirds, including Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. Skomer is accessed by boat from
Martin's Haven at the tip of the peninsula. Also included are the small islands of
Grassholm (home to a large population of Gannets) and Gateholm. (See Maps)
Marloes itself is a small village perched in the high land in the centre of the Marloes
peninsula. It is usually pronounced “Mar-lows” but locals often say "Marlas". The
name appears to derive from Old Welsh mail = "bare" and ros = "moor" or "promontory",
identical to Melrose in Scotland. The residents of Marloes have traditionally been
known as “GULLS” - based on the the tradition of harvesting gulls eggs from Skomer.
In the centre of Marloes is the well known landmark - the Clock Tower. This was built
in 1904 by members of the Pembrokeshire Liberal Association as a memorial to the
4th Baron Kensington. For more information click HERE.
St Brides comprises a number of scattered farms and dwellings, with a delightful
old church situated behind St Brides Haven, a sandy cove on the north coast of the
peninsula. The picturesque St Brides Castle (a Holiday Property Bond property) overlooks
Details of local services such as accommodation, restaurants, bus services and the
shop can be found by following links to on the left of the page or from the menus
For more on the traditions and culture of the area have a look at the TRADITIONS
AND CULTURE page. For more on the history of the area look at the HISTORY page.
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