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Church at Rhoscrowther with matching building at the gate - geograph.org.uk - 863265.jpg
Parish church of St Decuman
Grid reference: SM903023
Location: 51°40’48"N, 5°1’48"W
Post town: Pembroke
Postcode: SA71
Dialling code: 01646
Local Government
Council: Pembrokeshire

Rhoscrowther is a village and ancient parish in Pembrokeshire, six miles west of Pembroke, near the south shore of the Milford Haven.

The name is derived from the Welsh language and perhaps means "crwth-player's moor".[1]

Much of the parish and almost all the mediæval village except the church was cleared during the establishment of the BP oil terminal south-west of the village in 1961 and during the construction of the Texaco refinery immediately to the north three years later. A major explosion occurred at the refinery on 2 June 2011, killing four people.[2]


The church is a very early Christian site and was dedicated to Saint Decuman, whence the settlement's original name Llandegeman or Llandegman. It was the "bishop-house" of the cantref of Penfro and one of the seven principal churches in Dyfed.[3] The parish was taken during the Norman invasion and, has been essentially English-speaking for over 900 years. The church is Grade-I listed, and is in the care of Friends of Friendless Churches.[4]


  1. Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, p 712
  2. CNN International: Official: Explosion at Chevron refinery in UK kills 4
  3. Wade-Evans, Arthur. Medieval Welsh Law, p. 263.
  4. "Rhoscrowther, St Decumanus". Friends of Friendless Churches. http://www.friendsoffriendlesschurches.org.uk/CMSMS/index.php?page=rhoscrowther. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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