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"NEWCASTLE (LITTLE), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 8 1/2 miles (N. by E.) from Haverfordwest, containing 330 inhabitants. This place derives its name from an ancient mound near the church, called "the castle," and its distinguishing epithet from the inferiority of this fortification to a much older and more extensive work of the same kind, at a short distance from the village. The parish comprises a moderate tract of land, of which by far the greater part is enclosed and cultivated, the remainder being stony, barren, and unfit for tillage, especially the northern portion of it, which is hilly. Fairs are annually held in the village on May 6th and July 10th. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, endowed with 800 royal bounty, and 200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of Thomas Williams, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. In this parish was "Martel," the ancient seat of the family of Symmons before their removal to Llanstinan, of which nothing now remains but the site. Near the village is a spring, called Golden Well, which ebbs and flows regularly with the tide in St. George's channel, from which it is nine miles distant: the water is said to be efficacious in coughs, and in diseases of the eye. The poor are supported by an average annual expenditure amounting to 93. 15." [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

NEWCASTLE, LITTLE, St. Peter   1842-1845  - 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 Puncheston with Little Newcastle from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).


Davies, Richard.  Nineteenth-century church reconstruction : Little Newcastle Church and the Rev. Peter Davies Richardson .  (NLW's site)   Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society 6 (1994-95), p. 79-90

Eglwys Sant Pedr : Casnewydd Bach = St. Peter's Church : Little Newcastle.Little Newcastle : St Peter's Church, 1998. 1 folded sheet

Church Records

Civil register (1654-8) at Cardiff Central Library with Mf copy at NLW

Parish registers: Christenings (1783-1813), Marriages (1813-1966), Burials (1783-1813) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1679-80, 1685, 1799, 1801, 1803, 1805-9, 1811-79, 1885) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105149.

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 Little Newcastle 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)


There are historical snippets about this parish on Not everyone knows this..

Books marked * have an entry on the separate 'Review/Contents' page.

*Davies, Richard. St Peter's Church, Little Newcastle A Directory of the churchyard.  2000. Of the 700 recorded burials since 1783 in the churchyard, about 250 are remembered on 126 gravestones. This study attempts to record each grave and the family relationship of the persons buried there; there is no attempt to provide detailed genealogical family information or to present material in chronological order.

Land and Property

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


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