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"CASTLEMARTIN (CASTLE-MARTIN), a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 Miles (W.S.W.) from Pembroke, containing 487 inhabitants. This extensive parish forms a kind of promontory on the sea coast, and is bounded on the north by Freshwater West, which runs into St. George's channel, on the east by the adjoining parish of Warren, and on the west and south by the Bristol channel. . . This parish is wholly enclosed, and the land is mostly fertile and in a good state of cultivation . . . The whole of the district abounds with numerous military works and fortifications, thrown up during the frequent contests which took place between the Danish pirates who infested this part of the coast, which, from its exposed and defenceless situation, was much subject to their attacks, and the native Welsh, who resolutely repelled their aggressions: one of these may be seen on a farm in this parish, called Bully Bar. The parish abounds with limestone of excellent quality, in the centre of which is found clay, much used in the manufacture of fire bricks. . . The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure, and has undergone thorough repair within the last ten years, There was anciently a chapel at Flimston, which has long since gone to decay. . ." [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 - 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 Castlemartin 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

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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

  • Castlemartin Parish Church              James Allen, Vicar


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

  • St Michael
  • Incumbent and Curates; A S Jeremiah
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 4,811; Population 267

Church Records

Earlier PR reputedly destroyed in a fire at 'old rectory' [NLW survey 1922; cf Angle]

Parish registers: Christenings (1783-1992), Marriages (1783-1810, 1813-1991) Banns (1782-1809, 1824-1993), Burials (1783-1975) at NLW 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 (1685-6, 1799-1805, 1807, 1809-57, 1859-60, 1864-90) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105134.

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

You can see pictures of Castlemartin which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Castlemartin 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)

  • Castlemartin (156); Berry Slade, Blucks Pool, Brownslade Burrows, Brownslade, Bulliber Down, Bulliber, Chapel Farm, Crow Rock, Cuckoo Rock, Elegug Stack, Ermingate, Ermingate, Feshwater West, Flimstone, Frainslade Sand, Great Furznip, Gupton, Gupton Burrows, Hanging Tar, Linnery Burows, Linnery, Linney Head, Little Furzenip, Mount Sion Down, Mount Sion, Pen y holt Bay, Pen y holt, Pricaston, The Poll, The Wash, Wind Bay


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.


Pembrokeshire Families

Castlemartin hundred. An online extract by Huw Daniel of Hicks name baptisms for the period 1838-1900     


Hughes, Basil. More names in the History of South Pembrokeshire - Land Tax Castlemartin  Hundred 1791 / 2 ISBN 898687 10 2 The list of all those holding land and the major tenants for the Castlemartin Hundred. Listing is by surname plus also by parish

Lloyd, J. The Lloyds of Plâs Cilybebyll: from Leach of Castlemartin, Pembroke and Milford, Cowbridge (Ffynnon Deilo, Pendoylan, Cowbridge, South Glamorgan), R. J. H. Lloyd (1990) 87 p.: ill., geneal. tables, ports.

Thorne, Roland           The Leach family of Castlemartin             The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 7 1981        Welsh Journals Online

Historical Geography

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


There are historical snippets about this parish on Not everyone knows this..

West Freshwater War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site


Hughes, Basil     Jottings Pembrokeshire Castle-Martin Flimston and Warren   [Kindle Edition 2013]

Land and Property

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

  • Lort muniments         "Family and estate papers of the Lort family of Stackpole Court, Pembrokeshire, comprising deeds, [13 cent.]-1754, relating mainly to lands in Pembrokeshire, properties in north-east Carmarthenshire, and to the manor of Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, 1451-1650."


Hughes, B.H.J. Land tax Castlemartin hundred 1791/2: more names in the history of South Pembrokeshire, [Great Britain], (1992) 69 p.See also under Genealogy


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SR915983 (Lat/Lon: 51.644701, -5.015030), Castlemartin which are provided by:

Social life and Customs

Jones, Francis. Customs of the manor and lordship of Castlemartin, 1592 . In Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 34 (1987), p. 200-4

Voting Registers

Voting Registers for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 0104322

[Gareth Hicks: 31 Dec 2012]