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Rosebush

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Rosebush is a small village in Maenclochog community, north Pembrokeshire, Wales. It lies in the southern slopes of the Preseli Hills, about 1mi north west of the village of Maenclochog. Slate was extensively quarried nearby, its export facilitated by the railway in the 19th century. Today, Rosebush is a centre for exploring the Preseli Hills.NameThe name Rosebush is probably an Anglicisation of Rhosbwlch or Rhos y Bwlch . A number of other nearby places include Bwlch.HistoryRosebush as a village did not exist before slate began to be quarried nearby in the early 19th century. The village took its name from Rosebush Quarry when houses were built for quarry workers. To the north, there had been quarrying at Prescelly Quarry (later called Bellstone) since 1825. Rosebush may have been the first Welsh village to have piped water.Slate quarryingQuarrying was an industrially modest but locally significant mining operation in the Welsh slate industry. Quarrying at Rosebush began in 1842 and was worked until the end of the century. The quarry supplied slate for the roof of Westminster Palace. Slate was ferried around the county by the old railway; some was taken to Fishguard via the Rosebush and Fishguard Railway to be shipped abroad.Rosebush slate was not of a very good standard for roofing but made good blocks for buildings. An example of the qualities of Rosebush slate can be seen in the construction of Rosebush House, now the old Post Office Bistro and Bar, in the village. It was built in 1872 by the owners of Rosebush Quarry. The front of the building is constructed of fine faced slate block from the quarry in Rosebush and has some nice details in the block edging and particularly around the porch. To the side of the building the slates are not so tidy.
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