"LLANSTADWELL (LLAN-STADWELL), a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E. by S.) from Milford, containing 733 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the northern shore of Milford Haven, comprises a considerable tract of fertile and well-cultivated land, with some portions of hilly ground, which, from its steepness, is but ill adapted to repay the expense and labour of cultivation. . . The surrounding scenery is finely varied, combining the fine expanse of water in the haven on the south, and the spacious open channel on the west, with extensive tracts of richly cultivated country on the north and east. . . The church, dedicated to St. Tudwal, is an ancient structure in good repair, pleasantly situated on the margin of the haven, in the southern part of the parish. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. Some remains of two ancient British encampments, comprising each an area of about one acre, are visible: one is situated at the north-eastern extremity of the parish, nearly opposite the village of Rhôsmarket and the other at its south-western extremity, on a point on the shore of Milford Haven. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]
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
Llanstadwell Parish Church Joseph Tombs, Minister, Hill St, Haverford West
Wesleyan chapel, Waterston village Erected in 1836 "I beg to observe that this Chapel is not attended Regularly by any Minister......" John Lewis, Registrar
Honeyborough Baptist Erected in 1840 Thomas Thomas, Minister, Bullford Cottage, Johnstone Post Office
Hebron Baptist Erected in 1850 John Edwards, Manager, Leading Man of Shipwrights
Wesleyan WM Erected in 1850 Thomas Evans, Steward, Joiner, Neyland
Llanstadwell Parochial Church Council minute books 1920-1946
Llanstadwell Vestry minutes 1821-1974
Llanstadwell & Neyland church plans, photos; Mathias Foundation minute books and other papers 1914-1985
Hephzibah Baptist chapel, in Little Honeyborough [Baptists, 1840] On Dyfed FHS
Bethesda Baptist chapel, High St / Frederick St, Neyland SM96380534 Built 1851, modified, altered and rebuilt 1863 and 1903. Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
Zion, in Neyland [Calvinistic Methodists, 1861]. Records ; an account book, 1856-66, kept by Moses Williams, minister here from 1862-74, contains personal and chapel accounts, plus texts and dates of sermons, at NLW Ms 5576D. On Dyfed FHS Zion CM chapel, High St, Neyland - still open in 2006
Hughes, Basil. Jottings on the History of South Pembrokeshire - Llanstadwell Parish pre 1900 . ISBN 1 898687 03 X As well as including many names of people involved with the history of
Llanstadwell and Neyland - this also gives information about the Newton/Craddock family of Newton Wear and Angle.
Meyrick, Bette. Behind the Light. 1975 (Hutchinson) 215pp. illus Douglas Hall with b/w drawings. tells of the Morgans family of Neyland early decades 20th cent.
Newton Estate And Bowlas and Child families Archives 1475-1872 "Newton, in the parish of Llanstadwell, Pembrokeshire, was once the residence of the Craddock family; they were succeeded by the Bowlas family, from about 1554-1795. ........................."
Deeds and papers relating to the Estates of Thomas Henry Davis of Hayston Hall 1699-1886 "The Hayston Hall estate is in the parishes of Llandstadwell and Rosemarket, Pembrokeshire. Thomas Henry Davis purchased the Hall in 1874"