Whitechurch Area and Ty'rBwlch Farm
Sign on the lane to Ty'rBwlch
This Ty'rBwlch Farm and Whitechurch Area page is an to attempt
to understand what my Picton ancestors viewed, felt, and
experienced in this area for the time period during the 1700's. I
drove around and visited both the TyrBwlch Farm and
Whitechurch Area. TyrBwlch Farm is on the side of the Preseli
Hills. I would estimate that TyrBwlch Farm is between 10 to 13
miles from Trellyffaint Farm and are within view of each other on a
John Picton and his son Thomas Picton are some of the Pictons
known to have lived at TyrBwlch Farm during the 1700s. John
Picton was born 4 Feb 1713/14 in the Whitechurch parish and died
about 1793. Thomas Picton was baptized 2 Dec 1749 in the
Whitechurch parish and died 12 Mar 1836. It should be noted that
Thomas Picton of TyrBwlch Farm in Whitechurch parish in
Pembrokeshire had a son named John Picton of Maesgwyn Farm, a
son named Jacob Picton of Llanboidy and Monk Hill, and a nephew
named Thomas Picton of TyrBwlch Farm who went to America in
the late 1700s.
A little bit of irony is that TyrBwlch Farm is now within a National
Park, so it is against the law to pick a flower from the yard of
I first located Eglwswrw, Pembrokeshire, Wales on a map. I do
not know what Eglwswrw means but the word Eglwswen in the
Welsh language means Whitechurch. I then drove to the
Eglwswrw area and stayed at a Bed and Breakfast several miles
East of Eglwswrw. The owners of the Bed and Breakfast were new
to the area and had not heard of these locations but looked at a
map. They found Whitechurch and TyrBwlch Farm on the map.
The map showed a church in the Whitechurch area about 2 miles
away. I then drove to this church in the Whitechurch area and
found an old Anglican Church which is the Whitechurch Parish
Whitechurch Parish Church
I found an old Anglican Church at Whitechurch (Eglwswen) which
had been the parish church of Whitechurch. The church is now
closed. The church is believed to have had church services starting
as far back as about 900 AD. The previous building being built in
1591 and the current one built during the late 1800s. The church
has recently been sold. I wonder what happens to the large grave
yard which I think contains mostly unmarked graves. I also
wonder if any of my Picton ancestors are buried here I think that it
is most likely that some were. Outside the church was a sign
pointing to Penygroes a mile down the road. I drove down the road
and found Penygroes Chapel.
Whitechurch Parish Church
Stone marker at the Whitechurch Parish Church showing when the
previous building was built.
Penygroes sign at Whitechurch Parish Church
Penygroes is a mile down the road.
Sign on the front of Penygroes Chapel
Some of the Pictons ancestors were baptized here. The Preseli Hill
you see in the distance directly behind Penygroes Chapel was the
location of an old Iron age fort. While standing in front of
Penygroes Chapel I stopped a man driving by and asked him if he
knew of any Picton's in the area. He was a retired chemistry
professor for a university in London but lived just down the road
and he was originally from this area. His hobby was genealogy in a
big way. He had an aunt who was a Picton. He helped me contact
her. The road to TryBwlch Farm was not in very good shape. So
he took me by 4 wheel drive over to TryBwlch Farm less than a mile
away. This is where both Thomas Picton and his father John Picton
lived during the 1700s.
Please click on above line to go to a History and map with
Penygroes on it website
The side of the hill on the right side of the picture directly below the
rocks in the sky line is where TryBwlch Farm is located.
Penygroes Chapel Cemetery
The members of Penygroes Chapel have become tired of mowing
around the tombstones so they removed the tombstones and lined
them up in rows touching each other and also placing them back to
back. Now it is easy for them to mow the cemetery but I do not like
A tombstone at the Penygroes Chapel Cemetery
Sign on the lane to TyrBwlch Farm
On going to TyrBwlch Farm. Go to Penygroes Chapel then take the
road toward the Preseli Hills. You come to this big farm place near
the end of the road. In the middle of the farm place turn right onto
a narrow road. The road may be bad enough that you may wish to
walk it (I drove with my rented car). You go down this road maybe
three fourths of a mile to TyrBwlch Farm (along the way you will
see the TyrBwlch sign that I have a picture of). Expect to get your
shoes wet if hiking around TyrBwlch Farm, at least you would at
the time of year I was there.
Sign and lane to TyrBwlch Farm
Lane to TyrBwlch Farm
The man on the right lives at TyrBwlch farm and has owned it for
10 years. He has no connection to the Picton's but says some
Pictons show up once in a while. The house he lives in he thinks is
about 150 years old. The man thinks the rock building across from
the house is the original house because it has windows. It has thick
rock walls and the building appears to be older. He says a week
before I visited, some fox hunters had a fox hunt on the Preseli Hills
around TyrBwlch Farm. He makes Welsh bagpipes and his website
is at the TyrBwlch Farm.
Click on the previous line to go to bagpipe website at TyrBwlch
One more thing, TyrBwlch farm, Penygroes Chapel, the place
where the blue stones come from and the old Iron age fort are all
within a National Park. There are laws for the park for things you
can not do such as pick flowers. So now it is against the law to
pick a flower out of the yard at TyrBwlch Farm or Penygroes
TyrBwlch Farm building across from the house may be the original
Ty'rBwlch Farm is on the 1839 Tithe Map for Whitechurch. In
1839, I think it shows three buildings. Two buildings are parallel to
each other with another smaller building further to the right. These
buildings seem to exist today. On the map, the building to the left
does not go as far to the bottom (leaving a little space) when
comparing it to the building in the center. The space where there is
no building is where the current house is today. The man who lives
at TyrBwlch Farm thinks this center current rock building across
from the house is the original house because it has windows
compared to the other out buildings that have only slits. It has thick
rock walls and the building appears to be older. There is a small
stream that runs by the buildings just to the left of the buildings.
Some of the area to the left bottom is very swampy.
Window in the rock building across from the house at TyrBwlch
It is believed to be the original house because it has windows not
slits for windows. Old barns have slits for windows.
The man living at TyrBwlch Farm was building an old ancient
Welsh boat called a coracle. It is made of willows and long ago
people would stretch hide over the boat. Now I think it is a man
made material streched over the boat frame. It is basket shaped.
People like to float sideways down rivers and fish. Legend has it
that a monk a thousand years ago escaping from Ireland floated
from Ireland to Wales in 24 hours in one of these boats.
Barn with a slit for a window at TyrBwlch Farm
Small Stream at TyrBwlch Farm
There is a small stream maybe a foot wide running next to the house
at TyrBwlch Farm. There is also a wet marshy area just above the
house. When I walked thru the wet grass in this marshy area, my
shoes dried with a white coating over them.
TyrBwlch Farm view of blue stones mine for Stonehenge
One of the most amazing things is that just over the fence from
TyrBwlch Farm and about a 10 to 20 minute walk up to the top of
the ridge is where the blue stones for Stonehenge were mined 5,000
years ago. The area above the fence is the Preseli Hills and the
commons (what I would call open range with no trees or fences but
with rocks in some places). Ty'rBwlch Farm is the last cultivated
bit of land before the commons start - i.e. land too poor in quality to
grow any useful crops. Maybe a half hour walk to the left is the top
of a very very tall hill which is an old iron and bronze age fort.
Some call the Preseli Hills, the Preseli Mountains. TyrBwlch Farm
is on the side of the Preseli Hills.
A strange coincidence, remember Picton Castle is in the upper
reaches of Milford Haven (Daugleddau). No one knows for sure but some believe
that the stones for Stonehenge were moved from the rocky quarry
in the picture above to the upper reaches of Milford Haven (Daugleddau) and then
taken by boat across to the Bristol Channel and eventually to
Stonehenge. A stone believed for Stonehenge has been found at the
bottom of the Bristol Channel. This is all 5000 years ago.
They say in the past that air force jets would fly very low over the
Preseli Hills for low level training because it is an open area and no
one lives on the Hills. I talked to the man about climbing the Preseli
Mountains behind the farm. He said it is difficult climbing if you do
not have a path. He suggested the best way to climb to the peak
behind TyrBwlch Farm is to go to the near by town and take a road
around to the back side, it is an easier walk from there. I drove
around to the back side but could not find a walk path.
They say a while back someone tired to duplicate the effort of
building Stonehenge by taking a stone the third the size of the stones
at Stonehenge and have 60 men move it, They were able to move
the stone only a very short distance.
Viewing Echo Rock from TyrBwlch Farm
Fake Stone Ring at TyrBwlch Farm
Fake stone ring at TyrBwlch Farm built by the man who lives at
TyrBwlch Farm. Notice Echo Rock in the background.
Maesgwyn Farm Sign
Sign at end of the lane to Maesgwyn Farm at Whitechurch area
where John Picton the son of Thomas Picton of TyrBwlch Farm
Sign at end of lane to Maesgwyn Farm
Old house at Maesgwyn Farm
Remains of an old sink in the old house at Maesgwyn Farm
Remains of an old kitchen in the old house at Maesgwyn
This site designed and maintained by Owen Picton.