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"NICHOLAS' (ST.), otherwise MONKTON, a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, adjoining the town of Pembroke, and containing 1128 inhabitants. . . The parish, which is bounded on the north by a creek of Milford Haven, extending up to the town of Pembroke, is situated to the south-west of that borough, and comprises a considerable tract of land, which is wholly enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The soil is in general fertile, and the inhabitants, with the exception of those only of the village of Monkton, are wholly employed in agriculture. The surrounding scenery is finely diversified, and the views, extending over the sea and the adjacent country, abound with interest. . . The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, formerly the conventual church of the priory, and all that remains of that establishment, is an ancient and venerable structure, partly in the Norman, and partly in the early English, style of architecture, with a Lady chapel at the eastern end, now roofless, but having four handsome windows on the southern side, and one in the eastern end. . . " [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 - 0464346
  • 1851 Census - 0104234
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850854
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099641


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

MONKTON, St. John & St. Nicholas   1888-1889   - on the Church plans online site

Monkton Rectorial Benefice

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

  • Monkton or St Nicholas (Parish Church)         Jos Lewis, Registrar
  • Gilead, Monkton      CM              Erected in 1844         John Davies, Minister, Mead Lodge Mews, Pembroke Dock
  • Ebenezer, Monktown or St Nicholas    Ind                  Erected in 1850        "This place is in connection with the Tabernacle Pembroke, the services are conducted by the minister and the members of that place of worship"     William Trewent, Deacon
  • Hundleton    CM          Erected in 1820                 William Powell, Minister


Parish entry for Monkton (otherwise St Nicholas, Pembroke) from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Nicholas
  • &
  • Hundleton Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; E T M Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 4,351; Population 1,725
Bowen, David. Monkton Priory Church, Pembroke : [an account of the architectural features of the church, and an appeal for the restoration fund] . Pembroke : Harris & Co., printers, [1895] 7p

Church Records

CMB (1711-50) entered in PR Pembroke, St Mary

Parish registers: Christenings (1748-1966), Marriages (1748-1970) Banns (1917-36), Burials (1748-1900) at Pem.RO

CMB (1711-50) at NLW

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

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685, ?1774, 1799-1807, 1809-82) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105190.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Gilead , in Maidenwells [Calvinistic Methodists, 1846].                 On Dyfed FHS                           Gilead, Maiden Wells  CM chapel - still open in 2006 
  • Hundleton , in Hundleton [Calvinistic Methodists, 1820]. Records ; See Bethel and Wallaston           SM96160072    Built 1820, modified, altered or rebuilt 1846 and 1879   Still open 1995 Coflein
  • Ebenezer [Independents, 1845]. Records ; See the Tabernacle  
    Mains Sundy School, Church Terrace (Ebenezer Congregational)              SM9796201376     Sunday School was built in 1850         Coflein
  • St Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Monkton                      On Dyfed FHS  
  • Monkton Cemetery Mortuary Chapel                   On Dyfed FHS  
  • Sunday School, Priory Terrace, Monkton                 SM9745601302        Coflein

Hundleton [formed out of Monkton]
Parish registers: Christenings (1897-1935), Marriages (1954-70), Burials (1897-1959) at Pem.RO

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 Monkton which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Monkton 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 (151) & Gareth Hicks (152))

  • Monkton (151 - the part within Pembroke borough);  Monkton, Priory (Antiquity), Turk's Castle.
  • Monkton (152);  Axton Hill, Bentlass, Bowett, Brownslate, Camp, Castleton, Chapelhill, Corston, Corston Beacon, Corston Lo?, Crygmarren, Dry Burrows, Furzton, Goldborough, Hundleton, Inn, Maiden Wells, Mellaston, Mill, Moreston, Orielton, Redford, Sch, Stem Br, Tower, West Grove, Yerbeston


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


Pembrokeshire Families


Griffiths, Bill. Pembrokeshire Name-changers No's 4/5. Dyfed FHS journal  Vol 5/9 April 1997. The Meyrick family of the Bush Estate, Pembroke, and the Owen family of Orielton.

Jones, Francis              Owen of Orielton           The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 5 1974           Welsh Journals Online

Miles, Dillwyn. Lord of Orielton, 1781-1859   (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian XIV

Phillips, John Roland . Memoirs of the ancient family of Owen of Orielton, co : Pembroke.London : Printed at the Chiswick press, 1886. 2 p.l., 92, [4] p ;

Historical Geography

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


Maiden Wells War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

There are historical snippets about this parish on Not everyone knows this..

Hughes, Basil. Jottings and Historical Records with Index on the History of South  Pembrokeshire - Monkton Parish pre 1900 . ISBN 1 898687 05 6 .  Includes public and ecclesiastical records as well as information on people connected to the parish

Hughes, Basil       Jottings Pembrokeshire Monkton Hundleton & Orielton [Kindle Edition 2013]

Land and Property

Taxes from Pembrokeshire. A database of Land Tax Return data 1342 -1842, compiled by Owen Vaughan; the entries predominately relate to Oriel surnames and/or Monkton parish

 Sale of the Orielton Estate in 1856     "A rare insight into large parts of Milford/Hwest and Pembroke in-between the census of 1851 and 1861. When the huge Orielton estate was broken up for auction all the tenants needed to be identified together with the farms etc they rented and lived worked on. Details are given of individual Farms, Houses, Cottages, Pubs, Shops, Mills, Ferries and Collieries. Names of tenants and their successors and rents paid.  Areas covered are the Parishes of Monkton, Hundelton, St Mary and St Michael Pembroke, Pwllcrochan, Rhoscrowther, Angle. Martletwy, Coedcanlas, Steynton, Langum, Puncheston, Morvil, Castlebythe, Nevern, Reynalton, Begelly, Burton, St Twynnells, Hodgeston and St Mary Haverfordwest."
An alphabetical Index of the names of  tenants can be see on the CenQuest site, plus details of a Cd of a digitised version of the original document


Held at the NLW ;

  • Estate and family records of Owen of Orielton, co Pembroke........................estates mainly in cos Pembroke, Anglesey and Caernarfon, C15th -C19th. And with  general reference to Owen of Orielton and Colby of Ffynone, correspondence 1679-1897 ; Pembrokeshire militia papers, 1778-1805.


Lockley, Ronald . Orielton. 1977 (Deutsch). 332pp. maps. illus. Tunnicliffe


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM976013 (Lat/Lon: 51.673869, -4.928725), Monkton which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 24 Aug 2013]