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"BRIDELL (BRIDDELL), a parish, in the union of CARDIGAN, partly in the hundred of KEMMES, but principally in that of KÎLGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 1/2 miles (S.) from Cardigan; containing 404 inhabitants. This place is situated on the road from Cardigan to Narberth . . The parish comprises by admeasurement 3000 acres, of which 1000 are arable, 100 meadow, 1850 pasture, and 50 woodland; the surface is beautifully undulated . . . and the scenery is pleasing and picturesque. . . The soil is loamy with small patches of clay, and the lands are in general well adapted to agricultural purposes; there are numerous stone quarries, the produce of which is used by farmers for buildings and fences, and there are also a corn-mill and a carding machine . . . The church, dedicated to St David, is an ancient structure, beautifully situated and embosomed among trees, the luxuriant foliage of which almost conceals it from view. . . In the churchyard stands an ancient cross, of the kind called St.Catherine's, supported on a plain shaft about nine feet high, but the inscription has been obliterated by time. A day and Sunday school have been discontinued for want of support. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish are available from Dyfed Family History Society.


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 - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099654


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

  • Bridell Parish Church                   William Thomas, Informant
  • Penybryn   Babtist           Erected in 1818            Maurice Evans, Baptist Minister

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

  • St David
  • Incumbent and Curates; T T Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage  2,219; Population 202

Church Records

PR CMB (1705-1809) recorded in 1831 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1810-1993), Marriages (1810-1970) Banns (1824-79, 1912-80),  and Burials (1810-11, 1814-1993) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

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

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-5, 1678-81, 1683, 1685-6, 1689, 1700, 1709, 1799-1801, 1806-7, 1809-43, 1846-52, 1854-73, 1875-80) 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:

  • Penbryn, in village of Pen-y-bryn  [Baptists, 1819]            SN17794291           Built 1818, present chapel built 1869   Still open 1998   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 Bridell which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Bridell 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)

  • Bridell [7]; Blaen-mergi, Bridell, Castell felor-ganol, Clos, Dyffryn Meigan, Gwndwn, Maes-y-felin, Penallt-ddu, Pen-y-bryn, Pen-yr-allt-Howell, Plas-y-bridell, Tre-Leddyn, Treial, Ty-gwyn

Historical Geography

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


Jones, Harry Longueville    Erect stone with oghams at Bridell . Publisher [Tenby] : [R. Mason], [1860?] Description 4p ; 22cm. .Reprinted from the "Archaeologia Cambrensis," October 1860' - t.p. An article in the series, 'Early inscribed stones of Wales'.


[Gareth Hicks:  24 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN176421 (Lat/Lon: 52.047166, -4.661366), Bridell which are provided by: