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Narberth

"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;

  • James of Narberth, solicitors, collection 1814-1914 "James of Narberth, solicitors, was a firm based in Pembrokeshire during the 19th and 20th centuries. The firm dealt with land in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, as well as legal disputes........."
  • J. C. Williams and Roberts deeds " J.C. Williams and Roberts was a firm of solicitors of Carmarthen and Whitland, Carmarthenshire. They incorporated the firm of Roberts and Mathias, of Narberth Pembrokeshire, which comprised John Roberts and Douglas Leslie Roberts, of Hill House, Narberth, and Thomas Bentley Mathias, from whom they acquired many records relating to porperties in the area."
  • Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth records 1633-1972 "Messrs Lewis and James, solicitors, of Narberth, Pembrokseshire, was set up in 1895 by Thomas Lewis. Walter James joined the firm in 1902, and it became Lewis and James. The partners acted as clerks to many local bodies, including the Court of Petty Sessions, Narberth Cattle Market and Fairs Co. Ltd, Narberth and District Development Association, Narberth Gas Company and the Independent Order of Rechabites, Narberth branch; ...............................".

Cemeteries

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

Census

Indexes to the 1841 and to the 1851 census for this parish are available from Dyfed FHS .

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

  • 1841 Census - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104231
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850851
  • 1881 Census - 1342302
  • 1891 Census - 6099634/5

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

  • St Andrew's Parish Church, Narberth Westend Wm Lloyd, Rector
  • Tabernacle Ind Erected in 1815 John Lewis, Deacon, Draper
  • Nebo CM Erected in 1843 "The School is kept in the morning" John Evans, Manager
  • Bethesda, High St, Narberth Particular Baptist Erected in 1837 Benjn. Thomas, Minister, Whitley, nr Narberth
  • Wesleyan chapel, Sheep St Erected in 1811 Joseph Davies, Chapel Steward, Currier
  • Templeton Ind Erected in 1819 William Thomas, Deacon, Templeton
  • Moleston P.Baptists Erected in 1763, rebuilt on the site in 1842 David Phillips, Baptist Minister, Malerton

 

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

  • St Andrew & Chapel of Ease (Robeston Wathen) & Chapel of Ease (Mounton)
  • Incumbent and Curates; W Evans (J R Williams)
  • Rural Deanery of Narberth
  • Acreage 3,468 & 1,425; Population 1,944

Bethesda Chapel, Narberth

Church/chapel photographs on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Narberth Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
  • Tabernacle Congregational Chapel, Narberth
  • Bethesda English Baptist Chapel, Narberth
  • Old Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Narberth
  • Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Sheep Street, Narberth
  • Interior/exterior of the church, Narberth

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

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.

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Bethesda, High St, Narberth village [Baptists, 1808]. Records ; 1. Births 1807-37, at PRO RG4/3963, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 819966, IGI. 2. Births, 1807-48, at Pem RO SN10861466 Built 1808, modified, altered or rebuilt 1826, 1837 and 1889 Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
  • Moleston, in Moleston-west of Templeton [Baptists, 1763]. Records ; births, 1787-1837, at PRO RG4/3964, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 819966, IGI. On Dyfed FHS
  • Rushacre Baptist Meeting House, Narberth On Dyfed FHS
  • Nebo, in Narberth village [Calvinistic Methodists, possibly c 1750s]. SN1014 Built 1843 Coflein
  • Chapel , in Narberth town [Wesleyan Methodists, 1811]. Sheep St / St James's St Records ; births and bapts, Pembroke Circuit, 1847-68 ; Tenby Circuit, 1868-1961. Other circuit records, such as accounts, minute books, Sunday School papers etc are also deposited at Pem RO. SN11131472 Shown as Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on OS 1/2500 (1890). By OS 1/2500 (1904) described as County Sessions Room; later Public Library Coflein On Dyfed FHS
  • Wesleyan chapel, Station Rd, Narberth On Dyfed FHS
  • Old chapel, (Wesleyan), Tabernacle Lane, Narberth SN11071461 Built 1815, converted to Sunday School when new chapel built close by in 1858, by 1890 replacement chapel had become Congregationalist (see above) Not open 1993 Coflein
  • Pentecostal chapel, Back Lane, Narberth SN109148 Victorian building Not still open 1993 Coflein
  • Church of the Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic), Narberth On Dyfed FHS

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)

  • Narberth North (115); Blackaldern, Blackmoor Hill, Bellman's Well, Bloomfield, Bryn Hill, Camp Hill, Canaston Wood, Captain Style, Cilrath-fach, Cilrath-fawr, Cox Hill, Narberth, Narberth Bridge, Pont Shan, Redstone Bank, Redstone Cross, Rushacre, The Valley, Sodston Ho., Woodfield.
  • Narberth South (116); Chapel Hill, Cold Blow, Coursehill Fm., Great Molleston Fm., Merryvale, Molleston Cross, Narberth Mountain, P.A.Inst., Rose Down, Sentence (Antiquity), Templeton, The Grove (Antiquity), Wood Cross.

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

You can see pictures of Narberth which are provided by:

Directories

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

Various landscape photographs of the area and surrounds on the People's Collection Wales site

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

Genealogy

Pembrokeshire Families

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

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Narberth to another place.

History

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;

  • Slebech Estate records Include " ...... Slebech Estate records, comprising: title deeds, 1774; manorial records, Manor of Narberth, 1759-1834 and other manors, 1816-1836; Narberth Fair toll house accounts and books, 1761-1833; leases and tenancy agreements, 1763-1835; rentals, 1770-1914; Narberth Market and market house papers, 1831-1836........."

Occupations

Milkman, Narberth on the People's Collection Wales site

Sheep mart, Narberth on the People's Collection Wales site

Poor Houses, 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;

  • Narberth Poor Law Union, records 1837-1937

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;

  • H. M. Customs and Excise, records of Haverfordwest District Station and Narberth District Station "Public Records of H. M. Customs and Excise, relating to Pembrokeshire, including leases, 1800-1849; general warehouse bonds [ c. 1775]-1866; letter books, 1915-1951; expenses register, Haverfordwest District Station, 1941-1942; register of private brewers, Haverfordwest Station, 1959-1962; and letter books, Narberth District Station, 1925-1947"
  • Magistrates' Courts and Petty Sessions, records, Pembrokeshire Include "......... Narberth Petty Sessions records, 1885-1996.........."
  • Narberth Rural District Council, records 1894-1974
  • Narberth Urban District Council, records 1902-1974

Schools

Teachers and pupils of Narberth Intermediate School on the People's Collection Wales site

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

Social life and Customs

Narberth carnival, 1908 (and other years) - on the People's Collection Wales site

Seven men and their bicycles - on the People's Collection Wales site

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