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"LUDCHURCH, a parish in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 1/2 miles (S.E.) from Narberth, containing 228 inhabitants. This parish, which is in the south-eastern part of the county, is pleasantly situated about two miles eastward from the road from Narberth to Tenby. Its surface is uneven, and the soil is of various kinds: the lands are but partially enclosed and cultivated. The substratum is limestone of very superior quality, which is worked upon an extensive scale: this stone is susceptible of a beautiful polish, and many slabs raised from these quarries have been manufactured into elegant mantelpieces, and used for other ornamental purposes: it is also burnt for manure, there being no fewer than six kilns for this purpose in constant operation, for the supply of the more northern parts of the county. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £3. 14. 4 1/2.,and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church, dedicated to St. Elidyr, is a neat and well-built edifice, situated in a bleak part of the parish, on a limestone rock, which has been quarried all round, leaving the sacred fabrick many feet above the level of the adjacent ground. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £39. 3." [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 - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850851
  • 1881 Census - 1342302
  • 1891 Census - 6099633


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ludchurch 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

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

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

  • Ludchurch Parish Church                   Thomas Murray, Churchwarden
  • Ebenezer  Ind                    Erected in 1844          John Williams, Deacon, Stepaside, Saundersfoot

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

  • St Elidyr
  • &
  • Parish Church (Templeton)
  • Incumbent and Curates; M Morris
  • Rural Deanery of Narberth
  • Acreage 1,648 & 3,116; Population 189 & 390

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1732-1992), Marriages (1732-1971), Burials (1732-1993) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR/BT CMB (1779-1839) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1839, 1842-54, 1857-60, 1865-77) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105187.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Ludchurch which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Ludchurch 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)

  • Ludchurch (124); Blaen cil coed, Gellihalog, Longstone, Ludchurch , Middleton, Westerton.

Old quarry near Ludchurch - on the Cistercian Way site


Pembrokeshire Families

Ludchurch wills - a database compiled by Owen Vaughan

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ludchurch has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Evans, A. Eric. Our village : a history of Ludchurch .[Ludchurch?] : [A. Eric Evans?], 1994. 80p


[Gareth Hicks: 30 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN141106 (Lat/Lon: 51.763101, -4.695347), Ludchurch which are provided by: