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"LLANGWM (LLAN-GWM), a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.E. by S.) from Haverfordwest, containing 697 inhabitants. This parish, the name of which signifies "the church in the vale," is pleasantly situated on the western bank of Milford Haven, about the same distance from Pembroke as from Haverfordwest. . . At the village, which extends along the shore, is a horse ferry to the parish of Coedcanlais. The inhabitants are principally engaged in a lucrative oyster fishery . . . Coal and culm are found here in great abundance: the mines are worked by Sir John Owen, Bart., who is the principal proprietor, and the produce is shipped at Hook Quay, for the supply of the neighbouring districts. . . The church, dedicated to St. Hierom, is a spacious and venerable structure, in the early style of English architecture, and contains some ancient monuments, among which are several to the memory of the family of Roch. There is a place of worship for Methodists. . . " [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 - 0104235
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850855
  • 1881 Census - 1342305
  • 1891 Census - 6099644


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

 See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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

  • Llangwm Parish Church                       Thomas Williams, Rector
  • Llangum chapel    Wesleyan           Erected in 1822            John Styrme, Steward

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

  • St Jerome
  • Incumbent and Curates; W Griffith
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 1,907; Population 828
Dickman, H.J. "Within these walls": the story of Hill Mountain and Llangwm Wesley Methodist Churches in the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuit, Haverfordwest, J.W. Hammond (1981) 51 p.

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1716-1949), Marriages (1716-1966) Banns (1811-18, 1865-1948), Burials (1716-1949) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1807, 1809-83) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105174.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Galilee Baptist chapel - see Burton parish
  • Salem, in Westhook  [Independents, 1842].             Records ; See Bethel       See Mount Zion below
    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)
  • Mount Zion United Reformed, Hook       SM97801152           Built in 1852 and restored in 1926. Still open 1993    Shown as Congregational. and linked to Salem name  Coflein            On Dyfed FHS 
  • Hook Gospel Mission, West Hook, Llangwm             SM978114          Later-C20 structure.   Still open 1993     Coflein
  • Chapel , in Llangwm village [Wesleyan Methodists, 1822]. Records ; Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuits ; baptismal registers, 1842-1934, circuit schedule and plans , quarterly minutes, accounts, 1889-1980, at Pem RO [DFC/M/9]      SM99020947     Built 1822, rebuilt 1897    Still open 2000   Coflein        See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph      On Dyfed FHS 

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 Llangwm which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Llangwm 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)

  • Llangwm (108); Blacktar, Blacktar Point, Dungeon Hill, East Hook, Fowborough Point, Hook, Knap, Llangwm, Nash, Sprinkle Pill, Tallyho

Llangwm village site - with photographs


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.


Historical Geography

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


Fisherwoman from Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, early C20th    - on the People's Collection Wales site

Brown, J., Phillips, J.W., and Warren. F.J. The history of Haverfordwest with that of some Pembrokeshire parishes, Haverfordwest, L. Brigstocke (1914) pp.193-195.

Hughes, Basil.       Jottings Pembrokeshire Burton, Freystrop and Llangwn Parishes. [Kindle Edition 2013]

Thomas, W. Grenville, (William Grenville) . Llangwm essays and sketches .Publisher [Milford Haven] : [W. Grenville Thomas], 1992. 64p

Thomas, W. Grenville, (William Grenville) Llangwm through the ages. [Milford Haven] : [W. Grenville Thomas], [1991] 67p

Land and Property

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

  • Harcourt Powell family, of Drinkstone Park, Suffolk  1518-1867    "The Hook estate, Llangwm , Pembrokeshire, was purchased by the Powell family in the late 18th or early 19th century......"


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM990096 (Lat/Lon: 51.748904, -4.913294), Llangwm which are provided by:


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

  • Pembrokeshire Coalfield (Hook Colliery) Papers  1907-1957 (mainly 1932-1957) (accumulated [c. 1948]-1957)      "Hook Colliery, Llangwm, Pembrokshire, was opened in 1850, and operated until 1947.........."  
  • Harcourt Roberts papers  1817-1948    "T. W. Harcourt Roberts was the general manager of Hook Colliery in the mid 20th century. The Roberts family lived on the Little Milford Estate in Freystrop, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire............"


[Gareth Hicks: 24 Aug 2013]