NOWADAYS a farming village, Wiston was once a busy market town with a Norman church and castle, but it fell into decline following the sacking of the town by the Welsh under Llywelyn ab Iorwerth in 1220. The impressive remains of the motte and bailey castle stand at the heart of the village. Clarbeston Road did not exist before the com- ing of the railway - it was simply a cluster of thatched cottages and a pub on a lonely crossroads north of Wiston. It was only after the railway arrived in the 1850s that the name Clarbeston Road was concocted as a sign for the station (despite being nowhere near Clarbeston village) and the village grew rapidly thereafter.
Wiston castle ruins.
Wiston Castle (SN 022181): During the first Civil War (1642-45) the ancient keep at Wiston was said to have housed a Royalist piquet. Armed with cannon, the garrison monitored movement along what was then a main route into Haverfordwest. On 1