Clynderwen (Welsh: Clunderwen) (SN133198) is a rural village in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The village is known as a camping destination and is popular for self-catering holidays. It is also a community in Pembrokeshire, with its own community council of 10 members.
The village is on a road to the West Wales coast adjacent to the Preseli Hills (where the stones for Stonehenge were quarried) and owes its more recent origins to the advent of the railways in the 19th century. The Great Western Railway line from London to the West coast ports of Milford Haven, Neyland and Fishguard all pass through the village and a rail junction for the line to Fishguard existed until the 1950s.
As the railways expanded, they became instrumental in the development of local economies and Clynderwen became a point where agricultural produce, livestock, etc. were transhipped. A small hotel was built next to the railway station and, for the next one hundred or so years, the village gently expanded. Nowadays it is within easy commuting distance of the nearby towns, but its function as a centre of the local agricultural community has long since ceased.
On 1 April 2003, the village was transferred from Carmarthenshire to Pembrokeshire, following a boundary change between the counties. At the same time, a name change to Clunderwen was proposed to reflect the actual usage by the community council and on road and other signs.
Nant-y-cwm Steiner School
The nearby Nant-y-Cwm School is an independent Steiner school. It is a co-educational day school offering Steiner Waldorf education to pupils from the age of three to 14 split between the kindergarten (ages 3–6) and the main school (ages 6–14). It was founded in 1979 in a converted Victorian building that was originally the village school for Llanycefn. Originally the school was known as the Llanycefn Board School and ran from 1877 to 1964. The original school records are available to view at the Pembrokeshire Records Office in Haverfordwest.
The Kindergarten building which opened in 1991 was designed by architect Christopher Day. The design of the Kindergarten building attempts to infuse the Steiner philosophy into architecture and this is manifested in its organic feel and low visual impact. Kraftl (2006) examines the ways in which this "environmentally friendly, ‘ecological’ structure was (and is) constructed such that the building and its accompanying practices might be seen as ‘performed art’". He goes on to say that art and nature are "crucial to the type of education there, the physical process of building the school, and daily uses of the buildings".
- The Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (Clynderwen, Cilymaenllwyd and Henllanfallteg) Order 2002
- Boundary change proposal (PDF)
- BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | State funds call for new school
- Archives Network Wales - Primary School Records
- Dudek, Mark. (2000). Kindergarten Architecture (2nd edition). Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0419245200. Excerpt available from Google books here
- Kraftl, P. (2006) “Ecological buildings as performed art: Nant-y-Cwm Steiner School, Pembrokeshire”, Social and Cultural Geography. 7(6): 927-948. Abstract available from Taylor & Francis Online
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