The communties 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 and St Brides are surrounded to the north, west and south by sea, with 10km 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 Martins Haven at the tip of the peninsula. Also included are the small islands of Grassholm (home to a large population of Gannets) and Gateholm.
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 in the tradition of harvesting gulls eggs from Skomer.
In the centre of Marloes is a well known landmark – the Clock Tower. This was built in 1904 by members of the Pembrokeshire Liberal Assocation as a memorial to the 4th Baron Kensington.
St Brides comprises of a number of scattered farms and dwellings, with a delightful old church situated behind St Brides Haven, a sandy cove in the north coast of the peninsula. The picturesque St Brides Castle (a Holiday Property Bond Property) overlooks the haven.
For Members of the Community Council - please see contacts page http://www.pembstcc.co.uk/contacts.asp?id=2
The local County Councillor for the area is Reg Owens from Herbrandston 01646 692203
To find out what is happening in Marloes and St Brides - click on the link Marloes & St Brides Community website
The next community council meeting will be held on Monday 9th August 2021 at 7.30pm in Marloes Village Hall. Members of the community are welcome to attend, subject to Covid restrictions, and may address the meeting at the invitation of the Chair.