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"COSHESTON, a parish in the hundred of CASTLE-MARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 Miles (N.) from Pembroke, containing 678 inhabitants. The village is beautifully situated on the southern declivity of a hill, the base of which is washed by an estuary of Milford Haven, navigable for barges. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £11.12.11., and in the patronage of Sir John Owen, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure, in the early style of English architecture, with a low tower surmounted by a spire. The poor children of this parish are admissible into the National school at Pembroke. John Jones, Esq., M.D., in 1698, bequeathed certain property for apprenticing poor children, and the relief of the aged and infirm, of the four parishes of Lawrenny, Cosheston, St.David's, and Lampeter-Velvrey, with a discretionary power to his brother, the Rev. Mr. Jones, as executor, to add other parishes: of the produce of this charity, Cosheston receives a sum amounting to about £30 per annum, which is appropriated agreeably to the directions of the testator. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £137. 15." [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 - 0104233
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850852
  • 1881 Census - 1342303
  • 1891 Census - 6099637


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

  • Cosheston Parish Church                William Bowling, Rector
  • Nebo  Independents or Congregationalists           Erected in 1836 (by voluntary subscriptions)    William Trevent, Deacon
  • Congregational or Independent          John Lewis, Deacon
    "Remarks: This is a place under the jurisdiction of the Independent Chapel at Pembroke for Prayer meetings Exclusively on every Sunday Evening. The Congregation is composed of members of the Church and other Denominations of Desenters which is termed Union Prayers. Consequently they will be returned from their respective places of Worship Morning and Afternoon."

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

  • St Michael
  • Incumbent and Curates; J J Woolsey
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 1,990; Population 508

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1723-42, 1752-1944), Marriages (1723-40, 1752-1970) Banns (1755-99, 1882-1967), Burials (1723-42, 1752-1891) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1886) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105138.

Copy ts PR/BT C (1723-1825) M (1723-1812) B (1723-1812) at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR M pre 1813 with index at NLW and Pem.RO

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Mission Baptist church, Cosheston             On Dyfed FHS
  • Nebo, near Mt Pleasant  [Independents, 1832]. Records ; See The Tabernacle.    SN00700371   Built in 1836      Coflein                    On Dyfed FHS           Nebo 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 Cosheston which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Cosheston 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)

  • Cosheston (146); Bateman's Hill, Cosheston, Cosheston Pt., Ferny Pits, Hakin Point, Jenkin Point, Lanehead, Mayeston, Mill Bay, Mount Pleasant, Paskeston, Whalecombe.

Cosheston Pill  from Cosheston Bridge     -  on the geograph.org site


Pembrokeshire Families

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

  • Howell family, of Cosheston, Pembrokeshire, and Florence Howell papers      "Papers of the Howell family, 1830-1957, including timber business records, 1874-1933; agricultural records, 1910-1919; records of shares, 1932-1956; .................................."

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Cosheston 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..


Hughes, Basil      Jottings on the History of Pembrokeshire Cosheston, Upton, Nash [Kindle Edition 2013]


[Gareth Hicks: 24 Aug 2013]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN004037 (Lat/Lon: 51.696423, -4.889657), Cosheston which are provided by: