Hayscastle or Hays-Castle (Welsh: Cas-lai) is a village, parish and community of Pembrokeshire in West Wales, 7½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Haverfordwest on the B4330 road.

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Hayscastle is located in Pembrokeshire
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population465 (2011)[1]
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHaverfordwest
Postcode districtSA62
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
51°53′11″N 5°02′05″W / 51.886261°N 5.034736°W / 51.886261; -5.034736Coordinates: 51°53′11″N 5°02′05″W / 51.886261°N 5.034736°W / 51.886261; -5.034736


Richard Fenton, in his 1810 Historical Tour, identified what he believed to be the remains of a Roman villa near Ford.[2]

Hays Castle Motte is the site of a former Norman castle.[3] It stood on a mound, oval in plan, which still stands around 20 feet (6.1 m) high on one side.

Hayscastle was in the union of Haverfordwest, in the Hundred of Dewisland. There were 366 inhabitants in 1841.[4] The large rural parish is recorded as having been for the greater part inclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The largest village is Haycastle Cross; Haycastle itself to the northwest is no larger than a hamlet; the parish includes the settlements of Brimaston and Ford, the latter being in the extreme east of the parish.[5]

In 1870–72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales recorded a parish population of 297 and 62 houses in an area of 4,462 acres (1,806 ha).[6]

RAF Hayscastle Cross Chain Home early warning radar installation was situated here during the Second World War.[7]


The parish church is dedicated to St. Mary. The church is of medieval origin, but little remains from that period except the 13th-century font.[8] Repairs were made to the church by D. F. Ingleton in 1927–8.[3] In the small village of Ford in the parish there is a chapel of ease.[4]

There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists and two or three Sunday schools which were supported by the dissenters. Noddfa Newton Chapel was built in 1862 and rebuilt in 1924. It is described as having an "old-fashioned stone gable front with a centre arch and arched windows."[3] Several tumuli were formerly discernible, but they have been nearly levelled.[4]

Amenities and eventsEdit

Cross Inn at Hayscastle Cross

The village has a History and Environment Society, Women's Institute, Neighbourhood Watch and Young Farmers' Club. The Cross Inn stands in the centre of the village.

Since 1954, the Hayscastle Show, an horticultural show, has been held each August. In 1969, a separate committee was formed to organise pony classes which are now also a feature of the show.[9]

Hayscastle fishery

Hayscastle fishery with a small lake lies between the villages of Hayscastle Cross and Hayscastle.


  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain: Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849)
  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ Fenton, Richard (1811). A historical tour through Pembrokeshire. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & co. pp. 331–333. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Lloyd, Thomas; Orbach, Julian; Scourfield, Robert (11 March 2004). Pembrokeshire. Yale University Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-300-10178-2. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Lewis, Samuel (1849). A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Lewis and Co. pp. 411–18. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  5. ^ "GENUKI: Hayscastle parish map". Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Hayscastle Pembrokeshire". Vision of Britain.org.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Site Name: RAF Hayscastle Cross – West Coast Chain Home and West Coast Readiness ROTOR Radar Station". Subterranea Britannica. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  8. ^ "St. Mary's Church". Hayscastle.com. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Hayscastle Show". Hayscastle.com. Retrieved 17 June 2012.

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