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"BOSHERSTON, a parish, in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, union and county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles, (S. by W.) from Pembroke; containing 225 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated on the shore of the Bristol channel, by which it is bounded on the south, and the rocks on this part of the coast are, by the repeated action of the sea, worn into caverns of considerable depth, and of singular and romantic appearance. Of these Bosherton Meer, about a quarter mile from the sea, is the most remarkable: at the entrance it presents only a small opening on the surface of the ground, but gradually expands into a cavern of increasing depth, which has never yet been explored. Previously to the commencement of a storm, the confined air is greatly agitated, and the most terrific noises issue from the cavern: during the violence of the tempest immense columns of spray are occasionally thrown up to a great height. By far the greater part of this parish is inclosed and in a state of cultivation, but there is a considerable portion forming an expanse of open downs . . . The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is a neat edifice . . . There is a small day school, in which 7 or 8 children are educated at the expense of their parents; also a Sunday school, containing about 25 children . . . A little to the east of Bosherton Meer, and also within the parish, is the hermitage of St. Gawen. . . The scenery around this sequestered spot is of the wildest and most romantic character . . ." [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 - 0464342
  • 1851 Census - 0104234
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850854
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099641


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

Monkton Rectorial Benefice

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

  • Bosherston Parish Church                   William Allen, Rector


Parish entry from the Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Michael
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Aubrey
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 1,664; Population 128

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1670-1991), Marriages (1670-1752, 1754-1906), Burials (1670-1783, 1787-1990) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf/Fac copies at Pem.RO.

Copy ts PR CMB (1670-1991) arranged alphabetically at NLW and Pem.RO

Copy ts PR M (pre 1813) with index at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1807, 1809-87) 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: None found

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

Description and Travel

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Places, villages, farms etc within Bosherston 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 John Richards)

  • Bosherston (160); Bosherston, Buckspool, Castle Tank, Crinkmail, Huntsman's Leap, Long Matthew Point, Mewsford Point, Newton, Saddle Head, St. Gowans Head, The Castle, Trevalen Downs, Trevalen, Tumulus

Historical Geography

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


Bosherston War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

Thomas, Patrick. Govan and the pirates : a holy man of the Pembrokeshire cliffs. In Cambria 1/4 (1998), p. 33-5


[Gareth Hicks: 12 Sept 2013]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SR966948 (Lat/Lon: 51.615141, -4.939388), Bosherston which are provided by: