Carew  Pembrokeshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Carew like this:

CAREW, or Carey, a village and a parish in the district and county of Pembroke. The village stands on a creek of Milford haven, near the Pembroke and Tenby railway, 4 miles ENE of Pembroke. Here is a very ancient and beautiful cross, probably Saxon or Danish, of a single shaft, 14 feet high, covered with Runic carvings. ...

The parish comprises 5,256 acres of land, and 380 of water; and its Post Town is Pembroke. Real property, £5,958; of which £458 are in quarries. Pop. 993. Houses, 216. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the princes of South Wales; was given as a dowry with Nesta, daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr, to Gerald de Windsor; passed to Sir Rhys ap Thomas; gave entertainment to the Earl of Richmond, on his way to Bosworth field; was, soon afterwards, the scene of a great tournament, the first show of its kind in Wales; and belongs now to the Carews of Crocomb. A fortress stood here in the times of the Welsh princes; and a magnificent mansion was added to this in the time of Henry VII. Some part of the ancient fortress seems still to exist in a shattered, ivy-clad barbican; and the shell of the added mansion still stands, and is one of the finest ruins in Wales. The architecture is rich late perpendicular; the windows are large, square, and lanternlike; and the great hall has a lofty porch, and measures 102 feet by 20. Milton House, Freestone Hall, and Wilsdon are fine mansions; and the last occupies ground on which Cromwell had his quarters when besieging Pembroke castle. Extensive limestone quarries were worked, but have been stopped. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St. David's. Value, £182.* Patron, the Bishop of St. David's. The church is early English, with good perpendicular tower; and contains monuments of the Carews and others. The vicarage of Redberth is a separate benefice.

Carew through time

Carew is now part of Pembrokeshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Pembrokeshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Carew itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Carew in Pembrokeshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th June 2024

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