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"BAYVILL, a parish, in the union of CARDIGAN, hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E.N.E.) from Newport; containing 130 inhabitants. This small parish, which is situated in the northern part of the county, and within a short distance of the coast, is intersected by a tributary stream, which rises to the north of the church,and falls into the river Nevern near its influx into the sea at Newport bay: the tateable annual value is returned at £658. The living is a discharged vicarage, consolidated with that of Moylgrove, rated in the king's books at £5, and endowed with £800 royal bounty; net income, £244; improprietors, the Landowners. The church is dedicated to St Andrew. There is a place of worship for Independents." [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 - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099652


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

St Andrew, Bayvil - on the Friends of Friendless Churches site     "St Andrew's is thought to be an early nineteenth century rebuilding of a medieval church although no perceptible early fabric remains. Indeed the church is valued for its survival as a modest but evocative late Georgian Anglican box with Gothick windows, and a completely intact, single chamber interior................."

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

  • Bayvill Parish Church, consolidated with the Parish Church of Moylgrove      David Evan Morgan, Minister
  • College Green   Ind               Erected in 1791               Evan Lewis, Minister, Brynberian, Eglwyswrw


Parish entry for Nevern with Cilgwyn and Bayvil from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Brynach
  • &
  • St Mary (Cilgwyn)
  • &
  • Parish Church (Bayvil)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage 14,735 & --- & 1,351 ; Population 876 & --- & 71

Church Records

Diosean records suggest that c1790 this parish had registers going back to 1767

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-93), Marriages (1814-37, 1839-77) Banns (1828-71, 1929-93) and Burials (1813-1908) are at the National Library of Wales with copies Mf [except Banns] at Pem.RO.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1679-82, 1685-6, 1688-9, 1700-1, 1703, 1799-1802, 1804-15, 1821-60, 1862, 1864-5, 1867-8, 1870-5, 1877, 1879, 1882-3, 1885-8) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105128.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Penuel Baptist chapel, Rhydymaen / Cemmaes         SN11544115     Built 1824, rebuilt 1860.Still open 1998): chapel           Coflein              On Dyfed FHS
  • College Green (Yr Hen Gapel), in Felindre [Independent, 1810]. Records ; see Brynberian            SN10073907           Built 1791, rebuilt in 1810, in 1857 converted to a Sunday School and in the later C19 to a vestry. Still in use 1993              Coflein
  • Cana Ind chapel, Felindre        SN10053901    Built 1810, rebuilt 1856-7           Coflein                On Dyfed FHS       Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
    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

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 Bayvil which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Bayvil 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 Peter D Hall)

  • Bayvil [21]; Crugiant Cemmais, Cwm Gloyne, Pant-y-groes, Plas-y-merchant, Rhos-Bayvil, Velindre-farchog


Rowland, H.J. A genealogical sketch of the posterity of John Rowland of Rhosybayvil, parish of Bayvil, Pembroke, Wales and afterwards of East Whiteland, Chester Co., Pa. (1893), Ann Arbor, Mich., University Microfilms International (1993). [(Genealogy and local history ; G5570)]

Historical Geography

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


James, Heather.  Excavations at Caer, Bayvil, 1979 , in Archaeologia Cambrensis 136 (1987), p. 51-76



[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN102406 (Lat/Lon: 52.031210, -4.768314), Bayvil which are provided by: