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Immigration and Emigration
The Flemish colonists in Wales

Pembroke Castle
Whether it was George Owen who coined the phrase, or he was merely repeating a common term, "Little England beyond Wales" came to refer to the country south of the Landsker Line.

The divide in language and custom in Pembrokeshire that the Landsker line represented has remained until this day. Previously, intermarriage between the two cultures had been discouraged, as language wasn't the only difference. Roy Lewis, a writer from the area, comments on the religious factors, "Early in my life time there was no intermingling of north and south. This was mainly due to religion, as those from the north were Non-conformist, and those from the south, mainly Catholic and Anglican. You didn't get involved with a 'down below'."

South Pembrokeshire has become a popular place to relocate to, from other parts of the UK. This fresh wave of people has softened the cultural divide. "They are not aware of the factions", says Roy, and therefore have no loyalties to either side of the line, which remains an identifiable boundary between the two separate, but complementary cultures.

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