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"AMBLESTON, a parish, in the union of HAVERFORDWEST, hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 8 miles (N.N.E.) from Haverfordwest containing 605 inhabitants. . . The lands in this parish are, with a very trifling exception, all enclosed, and the soil is in general fertile; the rateable annual value being returned at £970. 10. The living is a discharged vicarage, rated in the king's books at £3. 19. 4. 1/2. , endowed with £600 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant; present net income, £183; it is in the gift of the crown; impropriator, Lloyd Phillips, Esq. The Church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a chapel of ease in the parish, called Rinaston chapel. The Calvinistic Methodists have a place of worship here. In a day school 26 children are instructed at the expense of their parents; and a Sunday school, consisting of 88 males and 81 females, is supported by the Calvinistic Methodists."[From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]


The 1851 census for this parish has been indexed by Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns for this parish have the following LDS Call Numbers:

  • 1841 Census - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104238
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099650


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ambleston area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

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

  • Ambleston Parish Church             Jno Pugh, Vicar                 with duplicate return by Sam E Lloyd
  • Woodstock   CM     Erected in 1754                Thomas Harries, Deacon, Henry's Moat


Parish entry for Ambleston with St Dogwells from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Mary
  • &
  • St Dogfael (St Dogwells)
  • Incumbent and Curates; E H Saunders
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 4,072 & 3,417 ; Population 371 & 479

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1765-1974) and Marriages (1776-1968) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685, 1799-1862, 1864) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Woodstock, in Woodstock [Calvinistic Methodist, 1754].                   Records ; 1. Births/baptisms 1811-1837, PRO RG4/3608  and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number GS 819967,  IGI ; 2. Early society accounts- Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes : Eglwys Methodistiaid Calfiniaid Cymru[ The Journal of the Historical Society of the Presbyterian Church in Wales] Vol 19, p72.; 3. account book 1898-1911, NLW.               On Dyfed FHS                Woodstock  CM chapel - still open in 2006 
  • Bethel Treamlod CM chapel, Ambleston           SM99962577          Built 1881, altered or restored 1906   Coflein                 On Dyfed FHS                 Still open in 2006

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

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Places, villages, farms etc within Ambleston parish  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 Barry Johnson)

  • Ambleston (50); Ambleston, Bigws, Bill, Glan-dwr, Gwar y Coed, Headland, Hook Ho., Pant teg, Parc y Llyn, Rinaston, Scollock, Scollock Bill, Scollock Cross, Slouthy, Spittal Brook, Stradland, Wallis, Wallis Moor, Woodstock, Woodstock Slop, Woolen Mill.


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1844.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ambleston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN001258 (Lat/Lon: 51.894767, -4.906734), Ambleston which are provided by: