Caldy Island  Pembrokeshire


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

CALDY ISLAND, or Inys-Pyr, an extra-parochial island in the district and county of Pembroke; near Giltar-head, on the SW side of Carmarthen bay, 2½ miles S of Tenby. Its length is about a mile; and its area, 462 acres. Pop., with St. Margaret's Island, 73. Houses, 16. Upwards of one-third is in good cultivation; and limestone is found. ...

A priory was founded here, in the time of Henry I., by Robert de Tours, and made a cell to Dogmaels abbey; and some remains of it, including the church tower, still exist. The residence ofKynaston, Esq., the proprietor of the island, adjoins the ruins. Several islets and shoals are adjacent to the coast; a lighthouse, built in 1829, showing a fixed light, partly bright and partly red, at a height of 210 feet, is on the south side; and there is good anchorage on the north.

Caldy Island through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th May 2024

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