"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).]
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 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
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:
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.
Cule, John. Some Early Hospitals in Wales and the Border.National Library of Wales journal. 1977, Winter Volume XX/2. Here is the opening section of an extract relating to this parish;
"Pembrokeshire had a number of early hospitals. Nearby the Castle of Llawhaden, bishop Thomas Beck of St. David's had founded in 1287 a hospital dedicated to the Virgin, St. Thomas the Martyr and Edward the Confessor. In 1925 the Historical Monument Commissioners reported that a building used as a stable in a field, still known as Chapel Field, and next to Priory Field on the south, was the remains of the chapel of a mediaeval hospice...."