Haycastle shown within Pembrokeshire
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Haycastle or Hays-Castle is a village and community of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. Historically it was located in the union of Haverfordwest, in the Hundred of Dewisland. It is located 7½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Haverfordwest; it had 366 inhabitants in 1841. The principal road is the B4330 road. This rural parish, which is of considerable extent, is recorded as having been for the greater part inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The largest village is Haycastle Cross; Haycastle to the northwest is considerably smaller and is no larger than a hamlet. The parish also contains the villages of Brimstone and Ford.
Hays Castle Motte was a Norman castle located in the area. It lay on a mound, oval in plan and still stands around 20 feet high on one side. Little remains of the castle today. The church is dedicated to St. Mary; and at the small village of Ford, in the parish, is a chapel of ease. St. Mary's is a church of medieval origin, but little remains from that period except the 13th-century font. Repairs were made to the church by D. F. Ingleton in 1927-8. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists; and two or three Sunday schools which were supported by the dissenters. Noddfa Newton Chapel was built in 1862 and rebuilt in 1924. It is described as having an "old-fashioned stone gable front with a centre arch and arched windows." Several tumuli were formerly discernible, but they have been nearly levelled. RAF Hayscastle Cross Chain Home was situated here during the Second World War.
The village has a History and Environment Society, Women's Institute, Neighbourhood Watch and Young Farmers' Club. Since 1954, the Hayscastle Show, an horticultural show, has been held each August. In 1969, a separate committee was formed to organise pony classes which are now also a feature of the show. Hayscastle fishery with a small lake lies between the villages of Hayscastle Cross and Hayscastle.
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