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"CLARBESTON, a parish in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 1/2 miles (W.) from Narberth, containing 218 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and £400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of W.H. Scourfield, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Martin. The rates in this parish are levied on the ploughlands, each of which contains one hundred statute acres. An average annual expenditure of £54.14. is applied to the support of the poor." [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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099632


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

  • Clarbeston Parish Church                 Thomas Thomas, Perpetual Curate
  • Carmel  Baptist                      Erected in 1804                    Henry Price, Baptist Minister, Carmel

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

  • Parish Church
  • &
  • St Martin of Tours (Clarbeston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J O Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 3,123 & 1,658 ; Population  220 & 130

Church Records

No mention of PR M (1813-37) in 1933 survey

Parish registers: Christenings (1718-1993), Marriages (1724-1813, 1837-1970) Banns (1755-1812, 1825-1952), Burials (1725-1993) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1806, 1809-67, 1878-82) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105137.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Carmel [Baptists, 1803]. Records ; See Rhydwilym        SN05152180     Built 1804, rebuilt in 1869 or 74            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 Clarbeston which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Clarbeston 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)

  • Clarbeston (78); Bullhook, Clarbeston, Clarbeston Grange, Holmes, Knock.

Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN048212 (Lat/Lon: 51.855125, -4.835915), Clarbeston which are provided by:


Held at Pem.RO

  • Clarbeston School photographs c 1900-1977

[Gareth Hicks: 28 Dec 2012]