Angle ((ウェールズ語:Angl)) is a village and community on a narrow peninsula on the very south-west tip of Wales in Pembrokeshire. It has two public houses, a school, post office, a castle, St Mary's church〔 and a sandy beach to the west of the village. The nearest railway station is Pembroke, from where there is a bus link. The Angle lifeboat received silver medals in 1878〔 for rescuing the crew of the ''Loch Shiel'' from rocks near Thorn Island. The ship had been carrying a cargo of whisky and beer.〔
A major occupation is tourism as people travel to use the sheltered beach at West Angle Bay, which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The rockpools in the bay are home to a small green starfish called ''Asterina phylactica''.〔(Angle ), VisitPembrokeshire.com, accessed 30 August 2008〕 The starfish was only formally identified in 1979.〔(Asterina phylactica ), habitas.org.uk, accessed 31 August 2008〕
The "castle" in the village is a single pele tower that was built by Robert de Shirburn in the 14th century.〔(Angle Castle ), Castles of Britain, accessed 30 August 2008〕 It is within Castle Farm but can be easily accessed. The castle may have been built by the Shirburn family during the time of Owain Glyndŵr. A French army landed at Angle in 1405 to assist Glyndŵr. Some sources see the castle as a simple pele tower but others see evidence of a moat and another tower and regard what survives as being the remains of a larger castle.〔(Welsh Castles ): A Guide by Counties, Adrian Pettifer, 2000, ISBN 0-85115-778-5〕
In the nineteenth century it was reported that 388 people lived in the village with the women involved in plaiting straw for bonnets and mats, whilst the men would trawl for oysters when they were in season.〔(A Topographical Dictionary of Wales ), S. Lewis,, 1844, Genuki, accessed 30 August 2008〕
In the same century a large number of forts were constructed around Pembroke Dock and Milford Haven. Three of these are on the coast around Angle: the East Blockhouse Battery, Thorn Island Fort, and the Chapel Bay Fort. Their construction was at the behest of Lord Palmerston following a Royal Commission.
For many generations the chief landowners in Angle were the Mirehouse family,〔The son of John Mirehouse who purchased the Angle estate married the daughter of the Rev. Dr. John Fisher (Anglican bishop), patron of painter John Constable.()〕 descendants of John Mirehouse of Brownslade, Pembrokeshire, who purchased the Angle estate from the Kinner family for £29,000 shortly after 1800.〔John Mirehouse, an agent for John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor, first lived in a home built for him at Brownslade by William Thomas, a protege of Lord Cawdor.()〕 The family later made The Hall its main seat after extensive refurbishment in the 1830s.〔(Angle Estate Papers, Allen-Mirehouse Family of Angle, Pembrokeshire Record Office )〕 By 1886, John Mirehouse's descendant, Lt. Col. Richard Walter Byrd Levett of Staffordshire, graduate of Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, had taken the surname of his mother's family and had settled in the village.〔(The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Mortimer-Percy Volume, Marquis of Ruvigny, Reprinted by Heritage Books, 2001, ISBN 0-7884-1872-6, ISBN 978-0-7884-1872-3 )〕
Lt. Col. Mirehouse, as he became known, lived at The Hall, Angle, where his descendants continue to live today, and where he embarked on making improvements to the estate and the village, including constructing a number of buildings, including the eclectic Globe Hotel, now in private hands. The Mirehouse estate included Cheveralton Farm and Hubberton Farm. The family also owned the Golden Estate in Pembroke and Wallaston Farm in Pembroke St. Mary.〔(Angle, Pembrokeshire, Genuki.org )〕 John Mirehouse was appointed High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire in 1831, and Lt. Col. Richard Walter Byrd Mirehouse served as High Sheriff in 1886.〔(Visitation of England and Wales, Vol. 3, Joseph Jackson Howard, Frederick Arthur Crisp, The College of Arms, Privately Printed, London, 1895 )〕 Councillor John Allen-Mirehouse of Angle currently serves as Pembrokeshire County Council Deputy Leader.〔(Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire, Wales )〕
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