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"BLETHERSTON, a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (N.W. by N.) from Narberth; containing 371 inhabitants. This parish is situated in the eastern part of the county, and occupies a position on the left bank of the eastern Cleddy river. The rateable annual value has been returned at £953. 6.6. The living is a consolidated vicarage with Llawhaden. The impropriate tithes, payable to the chancellor of St. David's, have been commuted for a rent-charge of £116. 13. 4. and the vicarial for one of £58. 6. 8., both subject to rates, averaging £17. 18. 11. per annum. Several coins were found here about ten years ago, but they were immediately sold at Haverfordwest, and smelted; so that nothing is known of their date or history. There is an estate in this parish, called Langridge, which belongs to the Bishop of St. David's." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 1471282


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 - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099632


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

  • Bletherstone Parish Church      "There is a monument erected in it about 200 years ago"      Hugh Evans, Parish Clerk

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

  • St Aidan
  • &
  • St Mary (Bletherston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; T Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 4,609 & 2,398 ; Population 629

Church Records

CB (1653-1812) M (1653-1753) entered in PR Llawhaden

Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1653-1980) and Marriages (1653-1971) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1772, 1799, 1801-38, 1840-57, 1859-70, 1872-3, 1875-9, 1881-3) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105129.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Carmel Baptist chapel, Pen-ffordd           SN07612230     Built 1804, modified, altered and rebuilt 1873 and 1915      Coflein
  • Penffordd CM chapel, Pen-ffordd                   SN07652234    Built 1861, restored 1913.    Still open 2000        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 Bletherston which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Bletherston 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)

  • Bletherston (79); Bletherston, Dolaeron, Hollowayfawr, Llandre Br., Longridge, Milton, Mountain, Pen-ffordd, Posty, Rhyd Brown, Tregendeg Isaf.

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

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

  • J. C. Williams and Roberts [solicitors] Collection of Deeds    "Deeds collected by JC Williams and Roberts relating to Bletherston, 1621-1913


[Gareth Hicks: 28 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN060212 (Lat/Lon: 51.855544, -4.818513), Bletherston which are provided by: