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"LLANREITHAN (LLAN-RHIDIAN), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Solva, containing 141 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated in the north-western part of the county, and comprises some fertile tracts of land, which are enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surrounding scenery, though in general pleasing, is not distinguished by any peculiarity from that which prevails generally in this part of the principality. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, endowed with 800 royal bounty, and 200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Subchanter and Minor Chapter of the cathedral church of St. David's, to whom the tithes of the parish are appropriated. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is 64. 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

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Reithan's Church

LLANREITHAN, St. Rheithan  1852-1862   - 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 Llandeloy with Llanrhithan  from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

PR M (1786-98) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the registers went back 25 years

Parish registers: Christenings (1803-1968), Marriages (1799-1952) Banns (1799-1823), Burials (1799-1977) at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR [extracts] CMB (1799-1907) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799, 1801-5, 1807-27, 1829-48, 1850-3, 1855-8, 1862-5, 1867, 1869, 1871-7) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105180.

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

Places, villages, farms etc within Llanreithan 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)


Jones, Francis.  Llanrheithan.  (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian vol III


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[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

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