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"NEW MOTE, or NEW MOAT, a parish in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 10 miles (N.E.) from Haverfordwest, containing 331 inhabitants. This place derives its name from an artificial mount, which is within a short distance of the church, and is entirely surrounded by a deep moat, which may be easily filled with water. . . The parish is pleasantly situated on a branch of the river Cleddy, and comprises a considerable portion of meadow, arable, and pasture land, which is all enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surrounding country is pleasingly diversified, and displays some interesting features of mountain scenery. . . The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is an ancient and venerable structure, consisting of a nave, chancel, and one aisle, with a square embattled tower at the west end: the chancel appears to have been very richly embellished at no very distant period, but has of late been very much neglected; it contains several handsome monuments to the Scourfield family, of which some are of great antiquity. . ." [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:

Church History

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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 New Moat with Clarbeston from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1755-1990), Marriages (1754-1969), Burials (1755-1993) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1800, 1803, 1805, 1809-21, 1823-31, 1833-70, 1878-81, 1884) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105193.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels: None found

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 New Moat 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)


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


Williams, Derek F. An examination of the Scourfield pedigree  (NLW's site)   Pemb Historian VI -  plus addendum in VII

Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;

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


Social Life and Customs

Jones, Christine. Variation in the nasal mutation in the dialect of New Moat, Pembrokeshire. Cardiff Working Papers in Welsh Linguistics 7 (1992), p. 15-27
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[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

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