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Henry's Moat

"HENRY'S MOAT, a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 10 1/2 miles (N.E. by N.) from Haverfordwest, containing 282 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from an ancient tumulus in the form of a truncated cone, surrounded by a moat, and in all probability formerly surmounted by a military work, called by the Welsh Castell Hên-drêv, or "the castle of the old town," which name has been corrupted by the English settlers in this part of the principality into its present appellation. The lands in this parish are for the greater part enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation; and considerable portions of unenclosed land, consisting chiefly of heath and turbaries, afford pasturage for sheep, and supply the principal fuel of the inhabitants. The soil is various, being rich and fertile in the lower and cultivated grounds, but in other parts of the parish poor and unproductive. The surrounding scenery, though not distinguished by any striking peculiarity of feature. is generally pleasing; and the views over the adjacent country are interesting, and in some instances extensive. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £5. 6. 8., endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Colonel Scourfield. The church, dedicated to St. Bernard, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £112. 5." [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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104238
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099650


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Henry's Moat 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

  • Henry's Moat, Dedicated to St Bernard, Parish Church              Lewis Davies, Curate
  • Horeb, Hendrysmoat    Baptist              Erected in 1835    William John, Ebenezer Eynon, Deacons
  • Silo chapel, Nery's Moat    Ind       Erected in 1842     Day School kept                       David Owen, Minister


Parish entry for Henry's Moat with Castle Bythe(R D of Fishguard) from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Brynach
  • &
  • Parish Church (Castle Bythe)
  • Incumbent and Curates; A W Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 3,215 & 2,587 ; Population 243 & 120

Church Records

A note written on the front cover of PR B (1813-1986) states that PR CB (1715-1813) was extant in 1844

Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1755-1970), Burials (1813-1986) at NLW with Mf/fac copies at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1678-84, 1686, 1689, 1799, 1803-5, 1807-16, 1818-37, 1839-48, 1850, 1853, 1855, 1858-9, 1861-7, 1871, 1874, 1878-89, 1897-1906) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105144.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Horeb, in Skerry Hill [Baptists, 1835].             Records, See Rhydwilym/Llandysilio                [not found listed on  Coflein or Dyfed FHS]
  • Siloh, in Tufton [Independents, 1842]           SN03982814    Built 1842, restored 1900      Coflein               On Dyfed FHS under Castell Henri              Seilo Ind chapel, Castellhenri  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

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

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Places, villages, farms etc within Henry's Moat 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)

  • Henry's Moat [48]; Bernard's Well, Blackmuck, Blaen-wern, Budloy, Castell Hendre (Henry's Moat), Farthings Hook, Garden, Goelly Mountain, Holmus, Henry's Moat (Castell Hendre), Pen-y bont, Pen-y-garn, Rectory, St Mary's Well, Syfynwy Falls, Tir-y-Grug, Tufton, Ty-rhyg


Pembrokeshire Families


Phillips, Frank . The Phillips family of Maenclochog and Henry's Moat

Historical Geography

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


[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN044276 (Lat/Lon: 51.912457, -4.845345), Henry's Moat which are provided by: