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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:

Church History

COSHESTON, St. Michael   1831-1833     - on the Church plans online site

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


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

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:

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

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 Pill  from Cosheston Bridge     -  on the site


Pembrokeshire Families

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


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]


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[Gareth Hicks: 24 Aug 2013]

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