|The cromlech could be responsible for the name of the village. 'Maenorbyr' may well take its name from the same root as Ynys Byr (Caldey Island) just around the coast. It's thought this could be 'pure island' (used in the same sense as many islands are called Holy Island). Ynys Byr has a long history of sacred use, from the Neolithic through Bronze Age up to the monks who live there to the present day. In the same way, Maenorbyr replaces Ynys ('island') with 'maen' ('stone'); holy or sacred stone.
Posted by Merrick
7th September 2004ce