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"BURTON, a parish, in the hundred of RHOS, union and county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (N.) from Pembroke, on the road from that town to Haverfordwest by Burton Ferry; containing 846 inhabitants. This parish is situated on Milford haven, and abounds with scenery in every part interesting and occasionally picturesque. Among the most interesting objects in the vicinity are the remains of Burton castle, on the western shore of the haven, probably erected by some of the Normans, as a border fortress for the protection of the territory which they had acquired on this part of the coast. It does not appear to have been originally of very great extent; and the present ruins, which, from their situation on the margin of an estuary of Milford haven, have a truly picturesque appearance, consist principally of a lofty round tower, which rising above the thriving plantations in the vicinity, forms a conspicuous feature in the landscape. . . A handsome and commodious parsonage-house was erected by the Rev. D. Bird Allen, the late incumbent. The church is a neat plain building, with a square tower at the west end. There are two places of worship for Baptists, and one for Wesleyan Methodists. . . " [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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104234
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850854
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099642


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

  • Burton Parish Church             John Brigstock, Rector
  • Galilee    Baptist       Erected in 1831      Henry Evans, Baptist Minister Neyland area, Hobbs Point, Pembroke
  • Sardis     Baptist          Erected in 1822   "The congregation in this place is a very scattered one. The weather etc sometimes greatly affect the attendance"           Henry James Morgan, Minister, Front St, Pembroke Dock
  • Burton School Room    CM      Erected after 1800             John Davies, Minister, Mead Lodge, Pembroke
  • Herson Mountain     Methodist                    Erected in 1815       William Esmond, Deacon


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

  • Parish Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; E L Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 3,470 ; Population 895
Thomas, Grenville. The history of Galilee Baptist Church, Llangwm (1830-1988) .Galilee Baptist Church, [1989] 143p . Title on outside cover is: The people of the Covenant. Includes index. This chapel appears to have been in Burton despite the title, see Church Records below.

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1689-99, 1716-1922), Marriages (1689-99, 1716-1837), Banns (1823-1905) and Burials (1689-99, 1716-1895) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

Copy ts PR[extracts] C (1689-1804) M (1695-1808) B (1695-1811) at NLW

Copy ts PR M (1754-1837) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1807, 1809-67, 1869-73) 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:

  • Galilee, in Llangwm village [Baptists, 1831]. Records ; births, 1820-36, PRO RG4/2491 and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 813551, IGI.                 On Dyfed FHS  
  • Sardis, near Southland [Baptists, 1822]                     On Dyfed FHS  
  • Chapel , in Burton village [Calvinistic Methodists, 1884]           SM98420536      Built 1884     Not still open 1993        Coflein                 On Dyfed FHS  
  • Hearson Mountain,[also referred to as Hill Mountain] [Wesleyan Methodists, 1815]. Records ; 1. Baptismal registers for the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuit, 1842-1934 at Pem RO. 2. Sunday School attendance registers, 1886-96, 1913-50 at Pem RO. 3. List of memorial inscriptions at Hill Mountain Chapel, at Pem RO. 4. Circuit Schedule and plans, quarterly minutes, and accounts, 1889-1980, at Pem RO[DFC/M/9]                 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 Burton which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Burton 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)

  • Burton (107); Ashdale, Barnlake, Benton, Benton Castle, Benton Wood, Burton, Burton Cliff, Burton Mountain, Cudlic, Ferry Hill, Guilford, Hearson Camp, Hill Mountain, Houghton, Milton, Newton, Newton Mountain, Nolton Croft,  Port Lion,  Sardis, Thurston, Westfield Pill, Williamston, Williamston Mountain,

Burton and Rosemarket  -  a community site


Pembrokeshire Families

Phillips, Paul. Captain Hugh Leopold Phillips. Dyfed FHS journal vol 8/7 Dec 2004. The author writes about his uncle who was born in Burton in 1866 and served with the Trinity House Steam Vessel service.

Historical Geography

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


Dickman, H.J. Burton Parish, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, Dyfed County Council, Cultural Services Dept. (1988) 53 p. : ill., 1 map, ports. [ISBN: 0860750310]

Hughes, Basil.       Jottings Pembrokeshire Burton, Freystrop and Llangwn Parishes. [Kindle Edition 2013]

Land and Property

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

  • Papers relating to the Estates of the Earl of Cawdor    "Cawdor estate, manorial records of the Manor of Burton, 1840-1920;........................and Manor of Burton, chief rents, 1926-1936"


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM984053 (Lat/Lon: 51.710076, -4.919483), Burton which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 24 Aug 2013]