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"NEWPORT, a sea-port, market town, and parish, in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 19 1/2 miles (N.E. by N.) from Haverfordwest, and 242 (W. by N.) from London, containing 1798 inhabitants. . . It stands on the high road from Cardigan to Fishguard, and is pleasantly situated at the mouth of the river Nevern . . . it consists of numerous small streets irregularly formed, neither lighted nor paved, but naturally well supplied with excellent water. The houses, with some few exceptions, are indifferently built, but, from intermixture of numerous trees with the buildings, the town has, at a small distance, a pleasingly rural appearance; and the surrounding scenery, in which its venerable church and the picturesque remains of its ancient castle form prominent and interesting features, renders the distant view of it strikingly beautiful. The trade principally carried on is the working of some extensive quarries of slate, with which the neighbouring coast abounds, and of which great quantities are shipped to various places . . . The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient and venerable cruciform structure, partly in the early style of English architecture, with a square tower at the west end . . . There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Calvinistic Methodists. A school conducted on the National system is supported here on the foundation of the late Mrs. Bevan, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children . . ." [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

NEWPORT, St. Mary    1827-1835  - 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


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


Ladd-Lewis, H. and Daniels, A. Braslun o hanes Eglwys y Bedyddwyr Bethlehem Trefdraeth 1795-1995, Trefdraeth, Eglwys y Bedyddwyr, Bethlehem, Newport (1995) 16 p

Church Records

PR CMB (1741-62) recorded in 1831 apparently lost

Parish registers: Christenings (1765-71, 1799-1800, 1807-71), Marriages (1765-1940) Banns (1824-1962), Burials (1765-71, 1799-1800, 1805-1930) at Pem.RO

Copy ms/ts PR C (1765-1812) M (1778-1895) B (1766-1847) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1680-2, 1684-9, 1699, 1702-3, 1800, 1806-73, 1875) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105194.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

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 Newport 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 Tony Morris)

Newport - on Wikipedia 

Browne, David M. Newport Castle (Pembrokeshire) : an architectural study / Aberystwyth : Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, 1992. 32p

Miles, Dillwyn.   Newport in Pembrokeshire. Official Guide.


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

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

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

Emigration and Immigration

Taylor, Robert. GRONO of Newport. Dyfed FHS journal. Vol 6/26.This relates the life of John Grono (1766-1847) as a boatswain in the Royal Navy and then settling in New South Wales as a shipbuilder.


Held at the NLW ;

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


Newport War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

Newport Castle  - on Castle Wales     "....but twice in the 13th century the castle at Newport was destroyed by the Welsh. The present castle was probably built after these destructions.........."

Aerial photograph of Castell Henllys Iron Age hillfort, Newport, 1999  -  on the People's Collection Wales site

Aerial photograph of Carn Ingli Iron Age hillfort, Newport, 1991 -  on the People's Collection Walessite


Charles, B G. The Records of the Borough of Newport in Pembrokeshire. National Library of Wales journal, Vol VII/1, Summer 1951

Fenna, John. Time immemorial : ever since history began, man has been living in Newport [Dyfed] .Camping and Walking 32/2 (1992), p. 32-3

Jones, Evan. A historical sketch of Newport, Pembrokeshire : including the church, castle, town and corporation, antiquities, &c. Solva : Printed by M. W. Williams, 1890. 80p

Lewis, Martin. Newport Pem and Fishguard .Chalford ,1996. 128p The archive photographs series

Miles, Dillwyn.  The Ancient Borough of Newport in Pembrokeshire.

Wallace-Hadrill, F. G. The Parish of St. Mary, Newport, Pembrokeshire.St. Mary, Newport, 1989. 28p


Public Records

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


Madam Bevan's School, Newport, c 1885 - on the People's Collection Wales site

Social Life and Customs

John, Brian. Beneath the mountain : tales and traditions of Newport and Nevern Newport,Greencroft Books, c1998. 48 p

John, Brian. The Angel Mountain Saga are all concerned with Newport and the surrounding area.  There are five volumes so far:  "On Angel Mountain", "House of Angels", "Dark Angel" and "Rebecca and the Angels".  In 2005 the last of the series, entitled "Flying with Angels", was published.  There is also a companion volume called "Martha Morgan's Little World" which has a lot about folk tales, social customs, economic circumstances of the day, etc etc. The stories are set in the period 1796-1855, which was a fascinating period in local history, covering both the French Invasion and the Rebecca Riots.   The books are novels, but the author says he has  tried to give them a strong "sense of place", and they are full of insights into the social history of the time.

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[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

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