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"PENDINE (a contraction of PEN-TYWYN), a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, higher division of the hundred of DERLLYS, county of CARMARTHEN, SOUTH WALES, 5 1/2 miles (W. by S.) from Laugharne; containing 204 inhabitants This parish is beautifully situated on the shores of Carmarthen bay, by which it is bounded on the south, and over which it commands a fine prospect; and comprises apout 1000 acres, the whole, with the exception of a common of 100 acres, affording good pasturage, inclosed, and in a state of cultivation. . . The soil is of a clayey and sandy quality, producing wheat and barley; the surface is rocky and hilly. On the beach, which is well-adapted for the purpose of sea-bathing, and affords a pleasing walk, is a natural cavern, from which issues a small rivulet running into the bay. . . The living is a rectory not in charge, annexed to that of Llandawke . . . The church, which is pleasantly situated, is a plain structure, erected about thirty years since . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Church History

PENDINE, St. Laurence  1867-1870   - on the Church plans online site

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants


Parish entry for Llandawke with Pendine and Marros from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by (Archive CD Books)).

Griffiths, G. Milwyn. A Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen, 1710   National Library of Wales journal. 1974, Summer Vol XVIII/3. Includes the parish of Pendein, a Chapel to Llan Dawc

Price, D. M. A guide to three ancient churches near Pendine: St. Margaret's Pendine, Eglwys Cynin, St. Lawrence's Marros. D. M. Price, [1985?] 32p: ill; 21cm.

Church Records

Dyfed FHS have photographs and data relating to various churches and chapels on their site

PR prior to 1813 were said in 1831 to have been destroyed by fire

Parish registers: Christenings (1783-1803, 1813-1977), Marriages (1794-1978), Burials (1783-1977) are at Carm.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1716, 1718, 1721-2, 1724-5, 1727, 1743-74, 1776-1800, 1802-83) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

Marriage index for this parish - see Dyfed Marriages, 1813-1837, Vol. 14 - Derllys Hundred (Dyfed Family History Society, c1989)

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Description and Travel

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

Places, villages, farms etc within Pendine  as shown on the online parish map from the CD of   Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Katherine Hocking)

Pendine Sands - on Wikipedia


Weir, J.D. Laugharneshire connections: a family memoir: some Benjamins and Thomases of Pendine Southwest Wales and Fullerton, Nebraska, Sandusky, Ohio, DCI (1995) vii, 159 p., ill.

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Monstrous Fish: The story, 1604, of the sighting of a mermaid near Pendine, Carmarthenshire. On the NLW's Digital Mirror site


Curtis, Mary. The antiquities of Laugharne, Pendine, and their neighbourhoods: Carmarthenshire, Amroth, Sandersfoot, Cilgetty, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. (2nd ed.) London: Printed for the author by R. Clay, 1880. viii, 339p: ill, geneal tables; 19cm.

Price, D.M. and O'Brien, M.L. Greatest of the three: a historical survey of Laugharne and Pendine, [Pendine] (Llanmiloe Primary School, Pendine, Carms.) : [D.M. Price] (1973) [7], 66 p. : p., ill., maps, plans. [ISBN: 0950287105] p.

Lloyd, Sir John E., (Ed.). A History of Carmarthenshire (2 vols.), Cardiff, London Carmarthenshire Society (1935, 1939). Extracts from this book can be accessed on some parish pages, see below for this parish;


Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


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