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"NARBERTH, a newly created borough, market town, and parish, comprising the North and South divisions, each of which separately maintains its own poor, in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 14 1/2 miles (N.E.) from Pembroke, and 254 (W.) from London, containing 2589 inhabitants, of which number, 1852 are in the North, and 737 in the South, division. . . The town is pleasantly situated on an eminence above a narrow valley, a little to the eastward of the Eastern Cleddy river, and in the northern division of the parish: it consists principally of three narrow streets diverging obliquely from the market-place, which is in the centre. The houses are irregularly built and of mean appearance; and the town, which is neither paved nor lighted, and is indifferently supplied with water, fails in realizing the expectations which the distant view of it excites. . . The surrounding scenery is richly varied and beautifully picturesque. The southern portion of the parish produces abundance of excellent limestone, of which great quantities are burnt for the supply of the surrounding neighbourhood, and a considerable portion is quarried for building, some of which, from its being susceptible of a fine polish, is manufactured into mantel-pieces of great beauty. . . The church, dedicated to St. Andrew . . is a very neat edifice, in the later style of English architecture. . . There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyan Methodists. . . " [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

Business and Commerce Records

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


Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 1818103

Pembrokeshire County Council - Burial Record Search facility and also a Search facility for the Parc Gwyn Crematorium Book of Remembrance


Indexes to the 1841 and to the 1851 census for this parish are available from the Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns for this parish have the following LDS Call Numbers:

Church History

NARBERTH, St. Andrew   1826-1830   -o n the Church plans online site

Bethesda Chapel, Narberth

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


Parish entry for Narberth with Robeston Walthen and Mounton from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).


Evans, David Tyssil. The life and ministry of the Rev. Caleb Morris who was Minister of the Tabernacle, Narberth, and of Fetter Lane Chapel, London.   London : Alexander and Shepheard, Ltd., 1902,388p

Church Records

Parish registers; Christenings (1676-1703, 1762-1918), Marriages (1676-1703, 1754-1808, 1811-1964) Banns (1811-42, 1896-1966), Burials (1676-1703, 1762-1898) at Pem.RO with fac (1676-1845) at NLW

Copy ts PR[extracts] C (1681-1844, 1854-84) M (1756-1837) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1801, 1803, 1805, 1807-67, 1872-3) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105192.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

Templeton [Tredeml] [formed out of Narberth in 1862]
Parish registers: CMB (1862-) with incumbent
BTs: 1863, 1865-7 at NLW

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Narberth 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)


Griffiths, Pauline & Ann Keen. Narberth : images of the past Gomer , Llandysul, 1999. Gomer 2002 catalogue (1 85902 744 X). A photographic collection.


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

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts for Narberth

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844 . Here are Extracts for Narberth & Neighbourhood


Pembrokeshire Families

The People's Collection Wales site has material for Narberth, use the onsite search box


Narberth - Part of a Greater Domain.  by Richard Williams ; "For many medieval generations the House of Marshall, headed by the earls of Pembroke, was one of the most powerful families serving the English crown. Indeed, William Marshall....... was the regent of England .......... Rivalling these achievements, however, was another noble house. The family is more generally associated with the territory in and around the English/Welsh border, The March. However, it did hold sway in part of Pembrokeshire for a long period within its own ascendant years. The house in question was the house of Mortimer, and its part of the county was Narberth......"

Narberth Castle-a  Castles of Wales  site


Ludlow, Neil. The castle and lordship of Narberth  (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian XII

The story of Narberth : The Narberth Society, 1990. 36p Includes index.

Land and Property

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


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

The Narberth Union Abstract and List of Paupers;
Period: bi-annual reports from half year ending 25/3/1872 to 25/3/1881 (most but not all reports have survived)
Scope: Reports list ALL paupers by parish of residence receiving  outdoor relief together with amount received and reason; ALL paupers in  receipt in indoor relief; paupers in Joint Lunatic Asylum at Carmarthen; paupers in receipt of clothing allowance. PRO catalogue ref:  HDX 1026/1

Narberth Union Workhouse  - on Peter Higginbotham's site

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


John, Mary.   A sacking matter in Narberth   (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian XIII

Public Records

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


The People's Collection Wales site has material for Narberth, use the onsite search box


Davies, Wynford.  Narberth County Intermediate School, 1895-1924 National Library of Wales journal, Vol XXIII/1, Summer 1983

Social Life and Customs

The People's Collection Wales site has material for Narbreth, use the onsite search box

Cule, John. Some Early Hospitals in Wales and the Border. National Library of Wales journal. 1977, Winter Volume XX/2. Here is an extract relating to this parish;
"There may have been a hospice of the Templars in the lordship of Narberth. The modern church of St. John in the village of Templeton was built on the site of an older building, which had earlier been used as an Unitarian Meeting House. The Knights of the Temple, who gave the village its name of Templar's Town, may have possessed land here. When the Templars were suppressed in 1308, their estates were sequestrated and transferred to the Hospitallers of St. John. At this time Templeton passed to the Mortimers of Narberth."

Rochester, Mary. My father was a Narberth man : recollections of a boyhood in the 1890s . Northwich : Greenridges Press, 1998. 18 p.[Wheeler, Thomas Benjamin--Childhood and youth]

Voting Registers

Voting Registers for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 0104322

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[Gareth Hicks: 4 Jan 2015]

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