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"MARLAIS (MARLOES), a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 11 miles (W.S.W.) from Haverfordwest, containing 427 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the southern shore of Muggleswick bay . . . It comprises a considerable tract of arable and pasture land, which, with the exception of a comparatively small portion, is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The village is principally inhabited by fishermen, who obtain a livelihood in the lobster and crab fisheries, which are carried on here to a considerable extent, and by the sale of leeches, which are found in great numbers in a sheet of water covering from sixty to seventy acres, called Marlais Mere, and which, during the summer months, when it is dry, affords excellent pasturage for cattle. . . The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a small edifice, not possessing any architectural details of importance. A former structure, which was dedicated to St. Mary, and situated near the beach, was destroyed by an encroachment of the sea . . . " [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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104235
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850855
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099644


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

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

  • Marloes Parish Church                  William Bowen Harris, Minister
  • Marloes  Baptists                 Thomas Davies, Minister, St Ishmaels
  • Marlaes    WM             Erected about 1767, enlarged in 1837    "In stating the number of sittings (282) I have stated the number that it will comfortably seat. Reckoning 14 inches for each person it would seat 300"       William Spriggs, Local Preacher

Parish entry for St Brides and Marloes from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Bridget
  • &
  • St Peter (Marloes)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J M Price
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 1,700 & 2,577 ; Population 107 & 316

Church Records

Parish register: Christenings (1749-51, 1771-1876), Marriages (1749-1969), Burials (1749-51, 1771-1924) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1836, 1838-75, 1877) 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:

  • Moriah Chapel [Baptists, 1817] . Records ; See Aenon                            On Dyfed FHS
  • Chapel [Wesleyan Methodists, c 1775]. Records ;  1.Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuits ; baptismal registers, 1842-1934, circuit schedule and plans , quarterly minutes, accounts, 1889-1980, at Pem RO [DFC/M/9].     2. See Wesleyan Chapel, Haverfordwest/St Martins.          SM79360838     Built c1767, enlarged 1837.    Disused by 1905   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 Marloes which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Marloes 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 Rosemary St.Leger-May)



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

Historical Geography

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


Coastland Local History - covers the areas of Dale, St. Ishmael's, St. Brides and Marloes

Brown, J., Phillips, J.W., and Warren. F.J. The history of Haverfordwest with that of some Pembrokeshire parishes, Haverfordwest, L. Brigstocke (1914) pp.181-184.

Cantrill, T C. The Hut-Circles on Gateholm, Pem, in Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1910, pp 271-82

Thomas, W. Gwyn, (William Gwyn). A cross-decorated stone at Martin's Haven, Marloes, Pembs. Archaeologia Cambrensis 138 (1989), p. 113-14


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM793084 (Lat/Lon: 51.730716, -5.197467), Marloes which are provided by:

Merchant Marine

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

  • HM Coastguard, records          Including log books of  "Wooltack Point station, Marloes, 1964-1969.........."


[Gareth Hicks:  29 Dec 2012]