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"MOYLGROVE, a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (W. by S.) from Cardigan, containing 419 inhabitants. This parish, which by the Welsh is called "Trêv Gwyddel," is situated on the coast in the north-eastern part of the county, and comprises a moderate extent of arable and pasture land, which is all enclosed and cultivated. The surrounding scenery is not characterized by any peculiar features, and the views over the adjacent country are barren of interest: in general the shore is abrupt and rugged, with a good depth of water. The living is a discharged vicarage, annexed to that of Bayvill, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £600 royal bounty. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is about half a mile from the village, being situated on the left bank of a stream which falls into St. George's channel at no great distance: it is not remarkable for any architectural details. There is a place of worship for Independents. Within the limits of the parish is a well, the water of which is considered efficacious in several diseases. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £122. 17." [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 - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099654


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

MOYLGROVE, St. Peter    1865-1868   - on the Church plans online 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

  • Moylgrove Parish Church, consolidated with the Parish Church of Bayvil      David Evan Morgan, Vicar
  • Bethel, Moilgrove       Ind                 Erected before 1800        Llewhelyn Rees and D M Evans, Ministers


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

  • St Andrew
  • Incumbent and Curates; J L Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage 2,489 ; Population 316

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1769-1812), Marriages (1770-7, 1781-1837) Banns (1824-84, 1949-90), Burials (1769-1988) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1770-1818) M (1771-1833) B (1770-1815) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1675-6, 1678-86, 1688-9, 1702-3, 1708, 1799-1801, 1803-19, 1821-75, 1877-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105191.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Tabernacl Welsh Baptist chapel, Moylegrove village              SN11794466    Built 1894   Still open 1998          Coflein               On Dyfed FHS  
  • Bethel , in Moylegrove village [Independents, cause began c 1690, date of original chapel not known, rebuilt c 1850-75].        Records ; See Brynberian and Lower Chapel             SN11734467   Built before 1800 possibly 1691, restored during the Victorian era.    Still open 1998          Coflein             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)

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 Moylgrove which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Moylegrove 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)


Emigration and Immigration

Kirkwood, Bettye. John Devonald - Convict [1815-1856]. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/5 Aug 2001. A background to one man's arrival and life in Australia, generations of his family were from Moylgrove parish.


Kirkwood, Bettye. Margaret Devonald. Dyfed FHS journal , Vol 8/2 April 2003. The article outlines Margaret Devonald's Lloyd family ancestry beginning with Alban Lloyd of Cwmgloyne.

Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN118447 (Lat/Lon: 52.068576, -4.747277), Moylgrove which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]