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"BRAWDY, a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (E.) from St.David's, containing 768 inhabitants. This parish, which is intersected by the turnpike road from Haverfordwest to St. David's, is, with the exception of a comparatively small portion, consisting of hills and moors, enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation. Jointly with the parish of Hayscastle, it constitutes the endowment of a prebend attached to the decanal stall in the cathedral church of St.David's, the deanery being annexed to the bishoprick. The living is a discharged vicarage, with that of Hayscastle annexed, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £3.18. 9., endowed with £200 royal bounty, and £1400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of St. David's. The church is dedicated to St. David. There are two places of worship for Presbyterians, and one each for Independents and Methodists. It is related of the Rev. Mr. Wilcocks , the present respected vicar of this parish, that, prior to entering into holy orders, he paid two masters, during twelve years, out of his earnings by daily labour, to teach all the poor children of Brawdy and Hayscastle; and that the parishioners were so impressed with a sense of his meritorious conduct and love of learning, that he was ordained at their request. On Brawdy farm there is a râth, or British encampment, defended by a triple rampart. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £249.3." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]


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 - 0104237
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850857
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099648


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

  • Brawdy Parish Church                     Thomas Davies, Incumbent, Brawdy, Haverfordwest
  • Trefgarn Owen - see under Whitchurch parish

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

  • St David
  • &
  • St Mary (Hayscastle)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W R Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Dewisland
  • Acreage 5,534 & 4,587 ; Population 757

Church Records

PR CB (1783-1812) M (1754-1812) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. M (1813-37) and B (1813-82) were missing in 1933 and are also apparently lost. For some entries c1784 see PR Tre-groes/Whitchurch. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the registers went back to 1764

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1915), Marriages (1837-1966), Banns (1935-60) and Burials (1882-1915) are at the Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1813-96) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1800, 1802, 1804-9, 1811-67, 1872-82, 1884-5, 1887-96) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105130.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Rhydegele, in Rhyd-y-gele  [Calvinistic Methodists, 1821]           SM85942441    Built 1821, closed 1988             Coflein               On Dyfed FHS    
  • Pen-y-cwm , in Pen-y-cwm [Independents, 1826]. Records ; see Trefgarn Owain                   On Dyfed FHS    
  • Trefgarn Owain, in Trefgarn Owain [Independents, 1686].Records ; 1. births and baptisms, 1809-37, PRO RG4/4039 and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number 813550 . 2. See Albany, Haverfordwest, St Thomas         On Dyfed FHS                    Trefgarn Ind chapel  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 by Maureen Saycell (April 2008)

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 Brawdy which are provided by:

RAF Brawdy - on Wikipedia

Places, villages, farms etc within Brawdy 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)

  • Brawdy [71]; Asheston Ho, Berry Bush, Bramble, Brawdy, Bryn-Gwyn, Castle Villa, Cwm Bach, Dinas Fach, Eweston, Great Hook, Knaveston, Lochvane, Llethr, Maerdy, Newgale, Newgale Farm, Ogof y Cai, Pen-y-cwm, Pen-y-feidr, Pen-y-gors, Pointz Castle, Pont yr Hen ffordd, Porth Mynawyd, Pwll March, Rhyd y gele, Rickeston, Tancredston, Tre Gynnydd, Trefgarn-Owen, Troed y rhiw


Pembrokeshire Families


Jones, Francis.  Rickeston and Scotsborough: a study in family history   (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian Vol II

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brawdy 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;

  • Ffynondrudion, St Nicholas, Llethr, Brawdy and Cruglas, St David's, Records           "Records relating mainly to three Pembrokeshire farms, 1765-1927, consisting of Ffynondrudion, St Nicholas, 1765-1927; Llethr, Brawdy 1787-1906; and Cruglas, St Davids, 1843-1913"          "Llethr was a farm in the parish of Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, was held by the Thomas family from the late 18th century ....."

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds and documents [purchased from Mrs E Jones, connected with the Jones family of Brawdy] mostly of Pembrokeshire interests, 1490-1866.


Jones, Francis Major        Castle Villa - Cas Wilia               The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 7 1981        Welsh Journals Online


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM857240 (Lat/Lon: 51.873256, -5.114581), Brawdy which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 28 Dec 2012]