COASTAL STRIP - POPPIT TO NEWPORT
GRID REFERENCE: SN102453
This is a long, narrow area within modern Pembrokeshire,
represented by the steep coastal cliffs between Poppit Sands, at the mouth
of the Teifi estuary, and Newport to the west.
Description and essential historic landscape components
This historic landscape character area consists of the narrow coastal strip from Poppit sands on the Teifi estuary to Newport sands, a distance of approximately 19km. It is very narrow, rarely achieving a width of over 150m. It consists of vertical hard-rock sea cliffs rising to over 150m in places but generally lower, and a narrow band of rough ground sandwiched between the cliff top and farmland. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs along the cliff top. There are no inhabited buildings. Recorded archaeology consists of two Iron Age hillforts, burnt mounds and scatters of prehistoric finds and several post medieval sites including quarries.
The coastal strip is a distinct historic character area and contrasts with the fields and farms of neighbouring character areas.
Sources: Charles, B G, 1948, ‘The Second Book
of George Owen’s Description of Penbrokeshire’, National Library
of Wales Journal 5, 265-285; Fenton, R., 1811 A Historical Tour through
Pembrokeshire, London; Howells, B E and K A (eds.), 1977, The Extent of
Cemaes, 1594, Haverfordwest; Lewis, S, 1833, A Topographical Dictionary
of Wales 1 & 2, London; Maynard, D, 1993, ‘Burnt Mounds in the
St Dogmaels area of north Pembrokeshire’, Archaeology in Wales 33,
41-43; Moylgrove parish tithe map 1847; Owen, H (ed.), 1897, The Description
of Pembrokeshire by George Owen of Henllys, Lord of Kemes 2, London; Nevern
parish tithe map 1843; Rees, W, 1932, ‘Map of South Wales and the
Border in the XIVth century’; Rees, W, 1951, An Historical Atlas
of Wales, London; Regional Historic Environment Record housed with Dyfed Archaeological Trust; Sambrook, P, 2000, ‘St Dogmaels Historic Audit’,
unpublished report by Dyfed Archaeological Trust; St Dogmaels parish tithe map
Base map reproduced from the OS map with the permission
of Ordnance Survey on behalf of The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery
Office, © Crown Copyright 2001.
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