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"LAWHADEN, or LLEWHADEN (LLAN-HAUA-DEN), a parish in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2miles (N. N. W.) from Narberth, containing 657 inhabitants. . . . The parish comprises a large tract of rich arable and pasture land, which is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The village is situated on the summit of a lofty ridge overhanging the river Cleddy, and commanding a fine view of the adjacent country, which abounds with richly varied scenery; and within the parish are some highly interesting and pleasingly romantic features, among which are, the church, beautifully situated on the margin of the river, under a richly wooded eminence, and the majestic and venerable ruins of the ancient castle immediately above it. . . The church, dedicated to St. Aidan, is an ancient and venerable edifice, with a handsome tower, and in its retired and beautiful situation forms an interesting and romantic feature in the scenery around the village. There is a place of worship for Presbyterians. It is in contemplation to establish a National school for the gratuitous instruction of children, in connexion with the parent society in London. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]
Monumental Inscriptions for Gelly Chapel, situated about one mile north of Llawhaden, have been indexed by the Dyfed Family History Society.
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 - 0464343
- 1851 Census - 0104231
- 1861 Census - 0543242
- 1871 Census - 0850851
- 1881 Census - 1342302
- 1891 Census - 6099635
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
- Llawhaden Parish Church Daniel Jones, Vicar
- Goshen CM Erected in 1840 John Lewis, Elder, Portyslade
- Bethesda Independents or Congregationalists Erected in 1797, rebuilt in 1848 Samuel Thomas, Minister
Parish entry for Llawhaden with Bletherston from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
- St Aidan
- St Mary (Bletherston)
- Incumbent and Curates; T Jones
- Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
- Acreage 4,609 & 2,398 ; Population 629
Jones, Hywel T. A brief history of Bethesda Llawhaden .Aberteifi : E. L. Jones a'i Fab, Argraffwyr, [198-?] 27p
Parish registers: Christenings (1653-1980), Marriages (1653-1971) Banns (1823-1930), Burials (1653-1956) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO
Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1772, 1799, 1801-77, 1879-81, 1883) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105186.
See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg
- Siloam Welsh Baptist chapel, Gelli SN08231952 Built1858, rebuilt 1904. Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
- Goshen, near Potterslade [Calvinistic Methodists, 1840]. Records ; See Wiston Chapel On Dyfed FHS
- Bethesda [ Independents, 1797] On Dyfed FHS Bethesda Ind chapel, (no parish) shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
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 Eleri Rowlands (Jan 2009)
Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.
Places, villages, farms etc within Llawhaden 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)
- Llawhaden (81); Abystree, Addlepits, Bethesda, Broadway, Cotland Mill, Drim, Drim Wood, Ellenswell, Faynor Gaer (Antiquity), Gelly, Gelly-ole, Great Vaynor, Grondre Ho.,Holgan, Llawhaden, Llawhaden Ho., Patterslade, Pen-llwyn Ho., Plain Dealings, Ridgeway, Tre-wynt, Vaynor, West End, White Leys, Woodside.
Llawhaden - on Wikipedia
Aerial photograph of Llawhaden Castle, 1994 - on People's Collection Wales
Llawhaden Castle A Castles of Wales site. "Llawhaden Castle is located about 8 miles east of Haverfordwest, just off the A40. Bounded by hedgerows, the narrow approach road into Llawhaden gives no hint that the great bishops once took refuge here."
You can see pictures of Llawhaden which are provided by:
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Foley family of Ridgeway, collection 1365-1869 "The Foley family were descended from a John Foley, architect to the bishops of St Davids and constable of Llawhaden castle in the 14th century............."
- Ferris and Foley families 1786-1876 "The Foley family resided at Llawhaden and Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. The Ferris family were based in Buckinghamshire."
- Skyrme family of Llawhaden and Protheroe family of Stonehall St Lawrence, archives 1467-[19th century] "The Skyrme family came from Shropshire, and resided at Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire, since the early 17th century. ............. John Skyrme, of Llawhaden, was High Sheriff in 1716. His wife was Frances Skyrme, and their daughter was Lucy Cordelia Skyrme. She married John Protheroe, of Egremont, Carmarthenshire....................."
You can see the administrative areas
in which Llawhaden has been placed at times in the past.
Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
The defended settlements at Llawhaden. Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society vol 1 1985 Welsh Journals Online
Radford, C. A. Ralegh, (Courtenay Arthur Ralegh) .Llawhaden Castle : Dyfed = Castell Llawhaden. Edinburgh : H.M.S.O., 1980. 8p
Turner, Rick. Lamphey Bishop's Palace : Llawhaden Castle : Carswell Medieval House, Carew Cross. Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1991. 52p
Williams, George. Fighting and farming in Iron Age west Wales : excavations at Llawhaden, 1980-1984 [Carmarthen] : Dyfed Archaeological Trust, 1985. 16p.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN067173 (Lat/Lon: 51.820764, -4.806181), Llawhaden which are provided by: