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Bletherston

"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).]

Cemeteries

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

Census

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

Churches

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
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  • 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

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.
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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

Maps

[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: