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"DALE, a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 13 miles (S.W. by W.) from Haverfordwest, containing 335 inhabitants. . . This place is situated on a small bay, forming one side of the entrance into Milford Haven, and affording, in Dale Roads, good anchorage for small vessels, which may ride in safety in two or three fathoms at low water. Block-houses were built here in the reign of Elizabeth, and a chain is said to have been drawn across the mouth of the haven, from St. Anne's to Nangle Point on the opposite side, to obstruct the passage of the Spanish Armada. . . A small fishery is carried on, employing six boats, which are chiefly engaged in taking lobsters, oysters, and herrings, during their respective seasons: there is a small trade in the importation of coal and culm from the interior of the county. . . The surrounding scenery is of a bold and striking character; and from the higher grounds are obtained some extensive and pleasing views over St. George's channel to the south and east, and of the surrounding country to the north. . . The church, dedicated to St. James, and rebuilt in 1761, at the sole expense of John Allen, Esq., is a neat edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, and contains an elegant font of marble, presented to the parish by the same beneficent individual. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. . ." [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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104235
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850855
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099644


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

  • Dale Parish Church                    J W Saunders, Perpetual Curate
  • Tabernacle   Independent or Congregationalists             Erected in 1838       "Every alternate Sunday there is a service in the Established Church in the morning, in the Tabernacle in the afternoon and in the Weslean Chapel in the Evening............"                Theophilus James, Minister
  • Wesleyan Methodist            Erected in 1809 "The chapel will comfortably seat 140. Reckoning 14 inches for a person it would seat 156"               William Spriggs, Local Preacher and Chapel Steward

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

  • St James
  • &
  • Old St Anne's Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; A R Warburton
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 1,847; Population 280

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1723-1887), Marriages (1723-1958), Burials (1723-1958) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1800, 1802-78) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105138.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Tabernacle [Independents, 1838], Dale              SM81200563   Built 1838   Not still open 1997      Coflein           On Dyfed FHS ?
    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)
  • Chapel [Wesleyan Methodists], Dale             Records ; See Wesleyan Chapel, Haverfordwest, St Martins. Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuit : baptismal registers 1842-1934, circuit schedule and plans, quarterly minutes, accounts 1889-1980 at Pem RO [DFC/M/9]                  SM81260558      Built 1809     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 Dale which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Dale 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)

  • Dale (98A); Broomhill Fm., Brunt Fm., Castlebeach Bay, Dale, Dalehill, Dale Pt., Dale Roads, Frenchman's Bay, Great Castle Head, Herring Stone, Hook Vale, Hooper's Point, Kete, Little Castle Point, Long Point, Longlands Fm., Maryborough Fm., Mill Bay, Point Fm., Red Cliff, St. Anns Head, Snailston, Townsend, Watwick Bay, Welshman's Bay, West Blockhouse Point, Westdale Bay
  • Dale - Skokholm Island (98C); Crab Bay Rocks, East Bay, Franks Point, Hog Bay, Littlebay Point, Long Point, Mad Bay, North Haven, The Head, The Stack

Dale - on Wikipedia

Dale Castle - on Castle Wales


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

Emigration and Immigration

Lowe, Vera. A Legend Comes to Life. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 6/1 Aug 1997. Devereux family from Dale, Pem to British Columbia.


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

  • Vaughan Palmer Davies Papers  1768-[c. 1980]      "Thomas Mathias Davies (d. 1865) of Broomhill, Dale, Pembrokeshire, married Emily Alicia Palmer. They had a number of children ............"

Historical Geography

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


Coastland Local History - covers the areas of Dale, St. Ishmael's, St. Brides and Marloes

Land and Property

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

  • Angle Estate Papers  1637-1954        "The Angle estate, Dale, Pembrokeshire, was the home of the Kinner family between the 17th and 19th centuries....................."


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM806057 (Lat/Lon: 51.706988, -5.176972), Dale which are provided by:

Merchant Marine

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

  • HM Coastguard, records     Including  "............... log books of St Anns Head Station, Dale, 1963-1970........"


Lockley, Ronald . Inland Farm. 1943 (Witherby) 191pp. 22 plates, 13 illus. in text.Account of life on Skokholm during WW II and on.

[Gareth Hicks: 29 Dec 2012]