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"HAYSCASTLE (HAYS-CASTLE), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 1/2 miles (N.W. by N.) from Haverfordwest, containing 367 inhabitants. This parish, which is of considerable extent, is for the greater part enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation. It constitutes, together with that of Brawdy, a prebend attached to the decanal stall in the cathedral church of St. David's. The living is a discharged vicarage, consolidated with that of Brawdy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, and in the patronage of the Bishop, as Dean. The church is dedicated to St. Mary; and at the small village of Ford, in this parish, there is a chapel of ease. There are places of worship for Independents and Methodists. Several tumuli were formerly discernible in this parish, but they have been nearly levelled. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £50.10." [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 - 0104237
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850857
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099648


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

  • Hays-Castle Parish Church                           Thomas Davies, Vicar
  • Penbont Ford     Ind        Erected in 1806       Daniel Davies, Minister, Hook, Ambleston
  • Hall   CM     Erected in 1820         William Evans, Deacon, Ford
  • These last two  entries are  listed in the source book under Hays-Castle parish but may be in Ford chapelry

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

  • St David
  • &
  • St Mary (Hayscastle)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W R Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Dewisland
  • Acreage 5,534 & 4,587 ; Population 757

Church Records

PR C (1800-12) M (1810-37) B (1798-1812) recorded in 1933 and M (1787-1812) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the registers went back to 1764. Burials (1977-) entered in PR Camrose

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1992), Marriages (1837-1968), Burials (1813-1941) at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR C (1800-12) M (1810) B (1798-1812) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1808, 1810-66, 1872-89, 1891-6) 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:

  • Brimaston Hall, at Brimaston Hall [Calvinistic Methodists, 1820].               Records ; baptismal register, 1818-34 at NLW[CMA 1/18287]           SM93152515   Built 1828    Not still open 1993  Coflein               On Dyfed FHS
  • Penybont Ford , in Penybont [Independents, 1808]. records ; Baptisms , 1796-1830; Births and bapts, 1819-37 in connection with Zion's Hill/Spittal, at PRO RG4/2490, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 813551, and RG4/4041, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 819967, IGI.         On Dyfed FHS under Ford       See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg      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 (Feb 2009)

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 Hayscastle which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Hayscastle 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 Peter D Hall)

  • Hayscastle [72]; Barch, Barnard's Hill, Brandy Brook, Broadway, Brunaston (Brimaston?), Chapel Farm, Cross Side, Gignog, Hayscastle, Hayscastle Cross, Hayscastle Tump, Little Rhyndaston, Nant-y-coy Brook, Pont yr hafod, Rhyndaston Fawr, Rhyndaston Mountain, Tancredston, Upper Newton

Historical Geography

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


Hays Castle Motte - a  Castles of Wales site. " This earthwork castle lies within the ancient boundaries of Pebidiog (otherwise known as Dewisland), the immediate district of the lordship of Saint Davids cathedral....."


[Gareth Hicks: 28 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM897256 (Lat/Lon: 51.889144, -5.057538), Hayscastle which are provided by: