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BAYVIL [Beifil,Y]

"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:

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


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

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:

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

Description and Travel

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)


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)]


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



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