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Haverfordwest St Thomas

"The town and county of the town comprise the whole of the parish of St. Mary, and part of the parishes of St. Thomas and St. Martin, together with a very small part of the parish of Prendergast, and a large extra-parochial area called "Poor-field;" the parishes of St. Thomas and St. Martin also comprise divisions respectively called the hamlets of St. Thomas and St. Martin, which are within the hundred of Rhôs . . . The living of St. Thomas' is a rectory not in charge, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church is situated on the summit of a hill, and in the centre of an extensive cemetery, overlooking the ruins of the priory: according to some records preserved at St. David's, it appears to have been built in the year 1225; but these most probably refer to the ancient church of the priory, which was also dedicated to St. Thomas, for there is nothing in the style of architecture which corroborates that testimony: it is a plain building, with a square tower crowned with a projecting battlement . . . " [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 - 0104236
  • 1861 Census - 0543244
  • 1871 Census - 0850856
  • 1881 Census - 1342305
  • 1891 Census - 6099646/7

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

  • St Thomas Parish Church                        Joseph Tombs, Minister, Hill St
  • Macpelah   Baptist                       Erected in 1842         David Davies, Minister
  • Albany Chapel - Before it was rebuilt in the year 1841 called The Green Meeting House     Independent     Erected before 1800. Originally used as a place of Public Worship since 1720 (Built about 1701 - crossed out)      James Williams, Minister
  • Moravian chapel, St Thomas Green       The United Brethren                  Henry O Essex, Minister, St Thomas Green
  • St Thomas     Name=None        Denomination=Mixed       Erected in 1838         "4 Clergy man attend one each Sunday - Wesleyan, Baptist, Presbatarian, Independent. No Chaplain being appointed to the Workhouse"     William Thompson, Master of the Workhouse


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

  • St Thomas
  • Incumbent and Curates; W J Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 1,024; Population 1,691

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1714-1962), Marriages (1714-1952), Burials (1710-1901) at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1716-1907) M (1713-1892) B (1712-1879) at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1813-18, 1823, 1825-73) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105143.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • MacPelah [Baptists, 1842], Albert St, Albert Town              Records ; See Bethesda               SM9425815320     Built 1834, modified in 1842    Not still open 1994  Coflein
  • Baptist College, St Thomas' Green / Hill St              SM9519915338     Coflein
  • Capel Albany [or The Green], Hill St, Haverfordwest town [Independents, 1691]. Records ;  1. Church books and baptismal register, 1705-1836, at PRO RG4/3914 and RG4/4040, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 813551, IGI.      2. Baptisms, 1705-1847, 1872-1928, 1951-58 ; Marriages, 1874-1907, 1951-58 ; Deaths, 1665-1743, 1827-1929 ; membership, register 1655-1900, all at Pem RO.      SM9524415317       Built 1655 or 1681, modified, altered or rebuilt 1701, 1841 and 1890      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)
  • Dredgeman's Hill Congregational chapel                      On Dyfed FHS
  • Moravian [Moravian, 1743], St Thomas' Green / Rosemary Lane              Records ;  1. Births and baptisms, 1763-1837; Burials, 1764-1837, at PRO RG4/4076, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 813551, IGI.    2. Microfilm copies of extant records for this chapel dating from 1763-1957. Included are diaries of this congregation, 1763-1828, 1850-99, 1913-57 ; Minute books of Elder's Conference, 1764-75, 1832-1942. A volume entitled Catalogue of Members 1763-1911. A register of births, bapts and burials, 1763-1956 ; plus other records including membership rolls, accounts and Sunday school attendance rolls , dating mainly in the late C19 to early C20, at NLW.    3. Typescript copy of an account of the awakening in Pembrokeshire especially in Haverfordwest, 1739-67. This pertains to the Moravian Movement in the county, NLW Ms 9673.                             SM9527115370       Built 1773  Coflein

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 Haverfordwest St Thomas which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Haverfordwest St Thomas 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)

  • Haverfordwest St Thomas (88A); Albert Town, Priory (ancient remains).
  • Hamlet of  St Thomas (88B); Dredgman Hill, Merlin's Brook.
  • Furzy Park & Portfield (163); Enfield, Portfield Gate, Scarrowscant, South Cuckoo.
    Shown separately on the Cd, possibly  extra parochial but shown as part of St Thomas's parish on the Dyfed FHS parish map.

Historical Geography

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


Home Guard Parade through St Thomas Green', Haverfordwest 1939-45    - on the People's Collection Wales site


[Gareth Hicks:  29 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM955155 (Lat/Lon: 51.800614, -4.967401), Haverfordwest St Thomas which are provided by: