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"AMROATH (AMBROTH, or AMROTH), a parish, in the hundred and union of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (S.E.) from Narberth; contains 779 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the western shore of Carmarthen bay, abounds with coal of a peculiarly fine quality, which, burning without smoke or any offensive smell, is much in request for the drying of malt and hops; for this purpose, considerable quantities are shipped from a place called Wiseman's Bridge, in vessels of fifty or sixty tons' burthen, and sent to Bristol, and other places on the banks of the Severn. This part of the bay is celebrated for salmon, cod, and flat fish, which are taken in abundance, and of which considerable quantities are sent for the supply of the market at Tenby, five miles distant. . . The church dedicated to St. Elidyr, is an ancient structure, in the early style of English architecture, with a lofty embattled tower, and is well fitted up for the accommodation of the parishioners. A school, for the gratuitous instruction of an unlimited number of children of both sexes, is endowed with a bequest of the late D. Rees, Esq. . . A Sunday school, which was commenced in 1822, and is supported by subscription, is also attended by 75 children of both sexes, most of whom participate in the benefits of the day school. . ." [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 - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850851
  • 1881 Census - 1342302
  • 1891 Census - 6099633


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Amroth 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

  • Amroth Parish Church               "The attendance is greater in the summer"     William Phillips, Curate
  • Elim  Ind                    Erected in 1850                  Benjamin Rees, Trustee, Stepaside

Church Records

PR C (-1785) recorded in 1831 as having been destroyed.

Parish registers: Christenings (1786-1913), Marriages (1754-1970) and Burials (1786-1874) are at the Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1835; 1837-51; 1853-89) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Zoar Baptist chapel, Pendeilo, Amroth    - see under Crunwear parish
  • Elim [Independent, 1869], Stepaside, Amroth              SN14000771  Still open as Sunday school to Sardis  1998       Coflein             On Dyfed FHS  
    Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh )  - with translation by Maureen Saycell (April 2008)
  • Ebenezer Congregational/United Reformed chapel, Amroth         SN16520708    Built 1867, possibly rebuilt 1887     Still open 1993    Coflein                    On Dyfed FHS
  • Summer Hill, in Summerhill [Primitive Methodists, 1879] Records ; baptisms 1847-1907, Pem RO. Other records such as accounts, Sunday school papers, and minutes are also deposited at the Pem RO.               On Dyfed FHS               See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data
  • Stepaside Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Stepaside            SN14310717    Opened 1861, extension 1893    Coflein                On Dyfed FHS

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Amroth which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Amroth 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)

  • Amroth (125); Amroth, Amroth Castle, Colby Lodge, Craig-y-borion, Cwmrath, Eastlake, Killanow, Merrixton, Pendeilo, Trelissey, Wiseman's Br.


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

Emigration and Immigration

Howells, Roscoe. From Amroth to Utah. Gomer Press , April 27th 2001, 144 p,38 photographs. The reviewer says ;  "Roscoe Howells is a consummate story teller..... He blows the dust off history and brings it engagingly to life......This new book is about Amroth and those of its people who journeyed and suffered agonisingly in nineteenth century America, the tale is beautifully told"


Pembrokeshire Families

Held at the NLW ;

  • Papers of the Owen family of Summerhill, co Pembroke, 1771-1989

Historical Geography

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


Curtis, M. The antiquities of Laugharne, Pendine and their neighbourhoods: Carmarthenshire, Amroth, Saundersfoot, Cilgetty, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Carmarthen, Dyfed County Council, Cultural Services Department (1991) viii, 339 p.: ill., geneal tables, port. ; 22 cm. p.

Howells, Roscoe. Amroth : a brief history. 2000

Land and Property

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

  • Probyn deeds   "Deeds, 1547-1788, relating mainly to the family of Howell of Eastlake, parish of Amroth, Pembrokeshire, 17 cent., and Lloyd of Clochfaen, Montgomeryshire, 18 cent"

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds, 1547-1788, relating mainly to the family of Howell, parish of Amroth, co Pembroke, C17th, and Lloyd of Clochfaen, co Montgomery, C18th. The deeds purportedly derive from the muniments of the Probyn family.


[Gareth Hicks: 30 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN164071 (Lat/Lon: 51.732425, -4.660208), Amroth which are provided by: