" MANORBEER (MAENOR-BYR), a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 1/2 miles (W. S. W.) from Tenby, containing 582 inhabitants. . . The parish is situated on the small bay to which it gives name, in the Bristol channel, and within two miles to the south of the turnpike road leading from Tenby to Pembroke: it contains a moderate portion of good arable and pasture land in good cultivation, and a small tract of hilly and barren waste; and, with the exception of such as are employed in the limestone quarries, which are worked only to a small extent, the population is wholly engaged in agriculture. The stone obtained from these quarries is shipped in small vessels, and sent into Cardiganshire: at Lydstep haven vessels of one hundred and thirty tons' burden can ride in security. . . The sands on this part of the coast are fine, specially at Lydstep haven, where they are well adapted for sea-bathing; and the beauty of its situation, and its convenient distance from Tenby, render this a favourite excursion from that watering-place. Within the limits of the parish are two small villages, called Jamestown and Manorbeer Newton. . . The church, dedicated to St. James, is an ancient and spacious structure, in the early style of English architecture, with a lofty square embattled tower, and is in a rather dilapidated condition. . . There are places of worship for Calvinistic and Primitive Methodists. . . " [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
Manobier (sic) Parish Church Henry Hughes, Minister
Jamestown Primitive Methodist chapel Erected in 1828 John Bittle, Chapel Steward, Jamestown
Independent chapel, Newton Erected in 1822 James Eddy, Minister
Penuel Particular Baptist Erected in 1850 William Freeman, Deacon; James Cook, Manager, Jamestown
Manorbier (142); Baldwin's Moor, Beaver's Hill, Calvesland, Coomb, East Moor Cliff, Hill Fm.,Jameston, Lydstep, Lydstep Haven, Lydstep Point, Manorbier, Manorbier Bay, Manorbier Newton, Manorbier St., Moor Fms., Norchard, Old Castle Head, Park Fm., Presipe, Rock, Skrinkle, Skrinkle Haven, Slade, Sunny Hill, Swanlake Bay, West Moor Cliff
Manorbier Castle - a Castles of Wales site. " ...located in Pembrokeshire ...., it rests in the lovely Welsh countryside described by that famous Welsh renaissance man, Giraldus Cambrensis as "the pleasantest spot in Wales". "