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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:

Church History

HAYSCASTLE, St. Mary   1861-1863      - on the Church plans online site

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

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:

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 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)


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....."


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[Gareth Hicks: 28 Dec 2012]

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