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"LLANHOWEL (LLAN-HOWEL), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 1/2 miles (E. by N.) from St. David's, containing 186 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated in the north-western part of the county, and nearly in the centre of a peninsula stretching into St. George's channel, and terminating in the promontory called St. David's Head. The surrounding scenery is pleasing, but not characterized by any peculiarity of feature. The living is a discharged vicarage, with that of Llandeloy annexed, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, and in the patronage of the Precentor and Upper Chapter of the cathedral church of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Hoel, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £68. 16." [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 Llanhowel 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

Llanhowel Church - on the geograph.org.uk  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

  • Llanhowell Parish Church                      John Davis, Vicar, Solva


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

  • St Hywel
  • &
  • St James (Carnhedryn)
  • Incumbent and Curates; S H Lewis
  • Rural Deanery of Dewisland
  • Acreage 1,418  ; Population 437

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1797-1993) Carnhedryn (1880-1921), Marriages (1796-1837) Banns (1823-1956) Carnhedryn (1881-1906), Burials (1797-1985) at NLW with Mf/fac copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1838-94) M (1805-82) B (1826-1902) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1841, 1843-4, 1846, 1848-69, 1872-3) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105176.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels: None found

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 Llanhowel 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)

  • Llanhowell [61]; Bryn, Carn Treglemaes, Cerbyd, Cerbyd Moor, Lech, Llanhowell, Tre-glemais, Tre-gwy, Tre-sewig, Trefochlyd, Vagwr-eilw

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Llanhowel 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 SM818274 (Lat/Lon: 51.902266, -5.173294), Llanhowel which are provided by: