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"MARY'S (ST.), otherwise MAENCLOCHOG (MAEN-CLOCHOG), a parish comprising the hamlets of MAENCLOCHOG and VORLAN, each of which maintains its own poor, the former in the hundred of KEMMES, and the latter in that of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, and containing 466 inhabitants, of which number, 427 are in the hamlet of St. Mary's, or Maenclochog, 10 miles (N. by W.) from Narberth. . . . The parish, which is situated in a mountainous district, comprises a considerable extent of land, the greater portion of which is unenclosed and uncultivated. . . . The village, which is of considerable size, occupies the summit of a bleak and barren eminence; and the inhabitants, with the exception of such as are employed in agriculture, are engaged in working some quarries of slate of good quality, which is found in the parish. . . . The church, dedicated to St. Mary, and situated in the centre of the village, is a neat edifice, rebuilt by subscription within the last forty years. A schoolroom has been erected in the churchyard, and is now occupied by one of Mrs. Bevan's circulating charity schools, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children. . . " [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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099632


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Maenclochog 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 Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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

  • Maenclochog Parish Church                    George Harries, Vicar of Maenclochog
  • Maenclochog  Ind                       Erected in 1791          David Owen, Minister, Silo, nr Ambleston
  • Tabernacle, village     Ind               Erected in 1847        David William, Deacon, Blacknuck, Parish of Henry's Moat


Parish entry for Maenclochog with Llandilo and Llanycefn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Mary
  • &
  • St Teilo, Llandilo (in ruins)
  • &
  • Parish Church (Llanycefn)
  • Incumbent and Curates; S Howell
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 6,974 & 2,725 ; Population 783 & 261

Cofio canrif sef hanes Eglwys Tabernacl Maenclochog, 1844-1944 : o dan ofal y gweinidog y Parch. Moelwyn Daniel. Caerfyrddin : W. Spurrell a'i fab, 1946. 32p [Centenary rememberance of the history of Tabernacle, Maenclochog, 1844-1944: in the care of the minister Rev Moelwyn Daniel]

Llythyr oddiwrth gymmanfa o weinidogion yr Independiaid a gynnaliwyd yn Maenclochog, Mehefin yr 2 a'r 3, 1819, at yr eglwysi a berthynant iddi. Cymanfa'r Annibynwyr Cymreig.Caerfyrddin,Argraffwyd gan J. Evans, 1819. 8p [Letter from an Assembly of Independent ministers held in Maenclochog, June 2/3 1819, to the churches belonging to it.]

Horeb, Maenclochog 1835-1985 : hanes y Bedyddwyr yn ardal Maenclochog.Eglwys y Bedyddwyr,1985,32p

Church Records

Parish register: Christenings (1770-1993), Marriages (1770-1970), Burials (1770-1993) at NLW with Mf/fac copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1771-1832) M (1779-1877) B (1770-1888) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685, 1799, 1801-36, 1839-52, 1854-61, 1865) 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:

  • Capel Horeb Baptist, Rosebush, Maenclochog          SN07382819    Built 1835, rebuilt 1885.    Still open 1998   Coflein            On Dyfed FHS (but shown as Congregational)
  • Old Chapel (Hen Gapel), in Maenclochog village  [Independents, 1790]. Records ; facsimile of register of births and bapts 1788-1970, at NLW Ms Dep 72/47           SN0835327437    Built 1791, modified, altered or rebuilt 1859, 1870 and 1905    Still open 1998        Coflein        On Dyfed FHS
    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 Maureen Saycell (Feb 2009)
  • Tabernacle, in Maenclochog village [Independents, 1847] . Records ; See Old Chapel                        On Dyfed FHS        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 Maureen Saycell (Jan 2009)
  • Ys Coldy Congregational (Tabernacle Sunday School)               SN08302726        Built after 1891  Still open as chapel 1996      Coflein                 On Dyfed FHS

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 Maenclochog which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Maenclochog 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)

  • Maenclochog [41]; Carn Afr, Cnwe, Coetty, Eithbed, Foel Cwm-oerwyn, Galchen, Maenclochog, Pant maenog, Rosebush, Westland,
  • Vorlan [42]; Cil-moor, Castell Vorlan

A guide book for the use of visitors to the Precelly range Pembrokeshire : with notes on the Maenclochog railway ... Publisher Carmarthen : W.J. Morgan, 13p

Gale, John. The Maenclochog railway . Milford Haven : John Gale, 1992. 76p


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.


Phillips, Frank . The Phillips family of Maenclochog and Henry's Moat. Dyfed Family History Journal 2/9, 3/1 (1988), (1988), p. 249-52, 11-14

Historical Geography

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


[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN083273 (Lat/Lon: 51.911120, -4.788547), Maenclochog which are provided by: