In places where many unrelated families have the same surname* and people occupy the same land for generations, the name of a house becomes part of a persons’s identity, as gravestones testify.
Was this house named as a wry comment on the poverty of the soil as suggested by Dyfed archeologists?
The generally marginal, poor quality of the land is testified by the names of two farms – one, ‘North Pole’, is suggestive of later 19th century origins while another, ‘Llys-y-fran’ (or ‘Crow’s Palace’), is clearly a post-medieval irony, although it is recorded as early as 1640.
Perhaps this house was named in gratitude for the timbers of a ship (The North Pole) wrecked on Strumble Head and recycled as local building materials. The painfully long list of Pembrokeshire ship wrecks published by ‘Dive Pembrokeshire’ doesn’t mention a ship of this name, however.
Does anyone know?