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St David's Peninsula and Ramsey Island historic landscape characterisation

Aerial St. David's

St. David's Twenty-seven historic landscape character areas have been identified which make up the St. David's landscape area. These reflect the diverse and complex nature of the St David's Peninsula and Ramsey Island and include: the sea cliffs and bracken-and gorse-covered moorland of St David's Head; the Cathedral Close and City of St David's; the former open fields surrounding the city; historic hamlets and their associated fields; and an abandoned Second World War airfield.

Many key aspects of the historic landscape were identified and described during the characterisation process. Of particular interest are the many small hamlets scattered across the landscape. These hamlets probably originated in the medieval period. They consisted of several agricultural holdings with the surrounding open fields farmed communally. These fields were reorganised in the early nineteenth century into the systems of large, regular enclosures we see today. Nowdays the hamlets comprise a large farm and several houses and cottages - mostly dating to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The common land of these hamlets consisted of marsh and moor lying across open valley floors; this is still a distinctive historic landscape element of the area.

Project contact: Ken Murphy

The project is grant aided by Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments.



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