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"FREYSTROP, a parish in the hundred of RHS county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 1/2 miles (S. by E.) from Haverfordwest, on the road by Pembroke Ferry to Pembroke, comprising the divisions of Higher and Lower Freystrop, and containing 636 inhabitants. Within the limits of this parish is situated Clareston, an elegant modernized mansion, the seat of George Clayton Roch, Esq., which was originally the residence of the family of Powel, and came by marriage to the ancestors of the present proprietor; it is pleasantly situated, and the grounds are well laid out. The lands are almost entirely in a state of good cultivation, and the soil is tolerably fertile. Culm is found in abundance, and is principally worked on the estates of Sir Herbert Packington and Sir R.B. P.Philipps, Barts., and shipped, for the supply of the neighbouring districts, at Hook Quay on the river Cleddy. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at 5.13. 9., endowed with 400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church is not distinguished by any remarkable architectural feature. There is a place of worship for Methodists. A spring, the water of which crosses the turnpike road, and is strongly impregnated with iron, is called by the villagers the Red Water, from the colour of its deposite. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor amounts to 117. 7." [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

Bethel Congregational Church, Middle Hill,  Freystrop

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 for Freystrop with Haroldston St Issell from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).


Cousins, T.P. A brief history of Middle Hill Congregational Chapel, Freystrop, [Freystrop, Haverfordwest, Pembs.], Western Telegraph (1969) [4] p. : ill.

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1729-1876), Marriages (1740-3, 1754-84, 1813-1969) Banns (1863-1947), Burials (1729-1891) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1801, 1804-7, 1809-70, 1883-5) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105141.

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 Freystrop 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)


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 Pembrokeshire Burton, Freystrop and Llangwn Parishes. [Kindle Edition 2013]

Land and Property

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


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[Gareth Hicks: 24 Aug 2013]

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