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"MANERDIVY (MAENOR-DEIVI), a parish in the hundred of KÎLGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (W.N.W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 850 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated on the river Teivy, at the north-eastern extremity of the county, bordering upon Cardiganshire, and is intersected by the turnpike road leading from Newcastle-Emlyn to Cardigan. It comprises a considerable tract of arable and pasture land, which is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the surface is finely undulated, and the surrounding scenery, which is enriched with thriving plantations, and enlivened by the course of the river, is generally pleasing and in many parts picturesque. . . Some tinworks were formerly established here, from which a canal communicated with the Teivy below Llêchrhyd bridge, to which place that river is navigable for small craft. . . The church, dedicated to St. David, is a small neat edifice, situated near the river, but not remarkable for any architectural features. There was formerly a chapel of ease at Cîlvawr, in this parish; but it has been in ruins for many years. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish are available from 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 - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104240
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850860
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099655


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

Manordeifi Old Church - on the Friends of Friendless Churches site

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

  • Manordivy Parish Church              "Remarks: a greater fallacy can barely be entertained than for anyone to suppose that they will receive accurate information upon these subjects from the several returns made under these enquiries"  W Lloyd, Rector
  • Cilfowyr  Baptist                   Erected in 1716          Rees Price, Baptist Minister
  • New Chapel     CM                  Erected in 1763        Stephen Hughes, One of the members, Whitegate
  • Ramoth   Baptist                    Erected in 1827            Rees Price, Baptist Minister, Cilyfowyr


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

  • St David
  • &
  • Old parish Church
  • &
  • Abercych Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; L H Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 4,443; Population 640

A brief historical and general account of Manordeifi Old Church and parish. Manordeifi : [Manordeifi Church?], [196-?] [14]p

Baker-Jones, D L          The Pentre Memorial Chapel             The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 7 1981        Welsh Journals Online

Church Records

Parish register: Christenings (1724-70, 1780-1992), marriages (1724-1970), Burials (1724-70, 1780-1974) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR/BT M pre 1813 with index at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1678-9, 1681-2, 1684, 1686-9, 1702-3, 1705, 1799-1856, 1859-75) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105188.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Cilfowyr, in Cilfowyr  [Baptists, 1716]. Records ;  1. Church book of Cilfowyr containing baptisms, 1689-1797, 1806, 1817-54, lists of accounts, restorations, 1707-97, 1818-54,  excommunications 1707-97, 1817-54, deaths, 1775-97, 1817-54 plus many other records, at NLW Ms 1110B    2. Account books, 1876-80, at NLW Ms 15848          On Dyfed FHS
    See the Tegryn site for a pdf file of records relating to Cilfowyr Baptist chapel
  • Ramoth, Main St, Aberych  [Baptists, 1827]. Records ;  1. See Cilfowyr/Manordeifi    2.Photocopy of register pertaining to this church plus material copied from an older register, at NLW.    3. Collection books [towards rebuilding the church] and accounts, 1869-71, at NLW Ms 15851          On Dyfed FHS
  • New Chapel [Capel Newydd], in Capel Newydd  [Calvinistic Methodists, 1763]. Records ;  1. Births and bapts, 1810-37, in connection with Pontgareg Chapel/Cenarth parish, CMN, at PRO RG4/3540, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 828111, IGI.    2. Register of members and contributions, 1848-74, at NLW CMA 12980-86.    3. Also account books, 1848-74, at NLW CMA 12982-3.              On Dyfed FHS                             Capel Newydd (New Chapel) CM chapel - still open in 2006
  • Bryn Seion Independent chapel, Pontseli, Abercych       SN25434000       Built 1831, renovated 1870 & enlarged 1889    Still open 1998          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 Manordeifi which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Manordeifi 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 Howard Thomas)

  • Manordeifi (9); Aber-cych, Careg-wen, Castle Malgwyn Farm, Cilast-isaf, Cilast-uchaf, Cilfowyr, Cil-gwyn, Cilwen-deg Park, Clyn-fiw?, Ffos-y-ficar, Ffynnonau, Gelli-deg, Kil-rhue fach, Manordeifi, Newchapel, Parc-y-neithw, Pen-rhiw, Pentre, Pen-yr-allt-wen, Plas-y-berllan, Pont-rhyd-y-ceirt, Vaynor


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

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds relating to Manordefi, co Pembroke, and neighbouring parishes, 1553-C20th.

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Ffynone Estate Records        "Ffynone estate was purchased by the Colby family in 1752....."           "Records of the Ffynone estate, Manordeifi and Rhosygwilen estate, in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire, comprising deeds, probate records, settlements, etc., 1441-1915;...................."  
  • Papers of the Saunders-Davies family of Pentre    1584-1926    "The Pentre estate in Boncath, Manordeifi, Pembrokeshire, came into the possession of the Saunders-Davies family when David Davies (d. 1829) of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, married Susannah, second and only surviving daughter of Erasmus Saunders of Pentre................."


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN228431 (Lat/Lon: 52.057835, -4.586138), Manordeifi which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 28 Feb 2013]