St Ishmaels, Pembrokeshire

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St Ishmaels
Welsh: Llanismel
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St Ishmael's Church
Grid reference: SM899061
Location: 51°42’51"N, 5°2’34"W
Population: 490  (2001)
Post town: Haverfordwest
Postcode: SA62
Dialling code: 01646
Local Government
Council: Pembrokeshire
Preseli Pembrokeshire

St Ishmaels or St Ishmael's is a village and parish close to the harbour of Milford Haven harbour in Pembrokeshire. The parish comprises most of the ecclesiastical parish of St Ishmaels and had a population of 490 at the 2001 census.[1]

The parish church of the local Saint Ismael is outside the village, hidden in a small valley near the Haven. In the Age of the Saints, it may have been the seat of the bishop of the cantref of Rhos.[2] As Llanismael, it was considered one of the principal dioceses of the kingdom of Dyfed under mediæval Welsh law, second only to Menevia (modern St David's).[3] With the Norman conquest, St Ishmaels became part of the Lordship of Haverfordwest. The church is a grade II listed building [4]

The South, West and East of the parish is bordered by the Milford Haven estuary with numerous important birdlife and marine fauna and flora as which are all contained within the Pembrokeshire coast path. The northern boundary is mainly farmland used for both grazing and arable purposes.


  1. Census 2001
  2. Williams, A. H., An Introduction to the History of Wales: Volume I: Prehistoric Times to 1063, UoWP, 1941, p 120
  3. Wade-Evans, Arthur. Medieval Welsh Law, p. 263.
  4. "Church of St Ishmael, St Ishmael's". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2 January 2014.