by  • June 21, 2013 • House, Modern, Pembrokeshire, Period, Post-Medieval, Site Type, St. Dogmaels • 3 Comments


    Heathfield was built c1850. On 10th January 1884 Henry Edgar Davies, son of Henry & Margaretta Davies, possibly of Heathfield, died aged 6 months. On 20th February 1887 John Ivor Davies, the son of Henry & Margaretta Davies, possibly of Heathfield, died aged 8 months. In 1891 the following persons lived here: Margaretta Davies, 33, wife; Henry James Davies, 6, son; and Mabel Letitia Davies, 2, daughter. In 1901 the following persons lived here: Margaretta Davies, 42, wife; Henry James Davies, 16, son, fitter’s apprentice; Mabel Davies, 12, daughter; John Sidney Davies, 9, son; Annie May Davies, 6, daughter; and David Alun Davies, 4, son. All were bilingual and born in the parish. On 20th April 1901 David Alun Davies, the son of Henry & Margaretta Davies of Heathfield, died aged 4 years and 8 months. On 27th March 1905 Mabel Cecilia Davies of Heathfield died aged 17. In 1911 the following persons lived here: Henry Davies, 62, marine engineer (b. Llanelli); Margaret Davies, 52, his wife (b. St. Dogmaels); and Annie Mary Davies, 16, their daughter (b. St. Dogmaels). The household was bilingual. On 31st March 1912 Henry Davies of Heathfield died aged 71. On 23rd July 1914 Margaretta Davies, wife of Henry Davies, died aged 56. On 3rd May 1917 John Sydney Davies, son of the late Henry & Margaret Davies, was killed in action in France, aged 25. On 30th March 1919 Henry Davies, retired marine engineer of Heathfield, died aged 70. On 10th April 1919 the property was sold. It then comprised a 3-bedroom house with garden. The ground floor had two front rooms, kitchen, pantry, culm-house, wash-house and outhouses.

    In 1920 John and Joseph Griffith Davies lived here. In 1921-25 David Jenkin Davies lived here and in 1921 Simon Davies lived here. On 16th August 1921 Joseph Davies of Heathfield was out in a boat when it sank, and he had to be rescued by the crew of another vessel. On 27th December 1921 Emlyn Thomas Davies of Llangyfelach married Miss Mary Ellen Davies of Heathfield. In August 1927 and October 1929 Heathfield was offered for sale again, with 2 bedrooms and a box room.

    On 26th November 1935 Rachel Anne Trail of Heathfield, widow, died. In 1938-39 Anthony Trail and Mrs. Dorothy Trail lived here. In 1938-44 Dorothy Trail lived here. In 1951-53 Mr. Donald A. Nightingale lived at Heathfield. On 21st June 1953 Donald Nightingale of Heathfield died aged 74. A former chemist, he had come to live in St. Dogmaels in 1935. In March 1964 Mr. A. L. Trail, J. P., of Heathfield died. It became a listed building in 1993. In 2010 the property was advertised for sale.

    Heathfield, Pentrelangwm, in February 2002 (c) Glen K Johnson

    Heathfield, Pentrelangwm, in February 2002 (c) Glen K Johnson


    In 1993 the property was described by CADW:

    Circa 1850 detached house in brown squared rubble stone banded in blue with imitation slate roof and banded stone end wall stacks. Two storeys, double fronted with plate glass sash windows and painted stone voussoirs. Painted slate sills. Centre 6-panel door with overlight and similar painted voussoirs. Slate plinth. Outshut rear…”


    Census Returns 1891; 1901; 1911

    Sale Poster – Heathfield 1919

    Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1914; 1917; 1919-21; 1927; 1929; 1938; 1951; 1953

    Blaenywaun Chapel Annual Report 1938; 1939; 1944

    Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest – St. Dogmaels, Julian Orbach, CADW 1993

    Monumental Inscriptions, Blaenwaun Chapel cemetery.

    © Glen K Johnson 21/06/2013



    1. Helen
      May 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Glen,
      We’ve recently moved into Heathfield on Pentre Langwm and I was really interested to read your notes. We’ve been told that the house, along with Sincerity and Llys Teifi, was built for a master mariner and named after his ship. Do you know anything about that or is there a way to check?
      Kindest regards

      • glen
        May 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        Hi Helen. Although those three properties are of a similar age and all of them are good examples of the local banded stonework, I’m not aware that they were in common ownership. Sincerity is named after a ship, Heathfield sounds like a very English name, and Llys Teifi means “Teifi Court”. My notes for the other properties should be up on the site as well. I’ve not had any luck so far in tracing any more information about the origins of these places, but your deeds might give some clues! If I find out any more I’ll let you know.

    2. John Davies
      July 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Hi Glen

      I was brought up in Maesydre, St. Dogmaels, and now live in Llanelli. I remember Dorothy (Dot) Trail – she was one of the two postwomen in the village. The other was Lizzie (Post) Edwards, who was married to my grandmother’s brother.

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