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"NOLTON, a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (W. by N.) from Haverfordwest, containing 208 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the eastern shore of St. Bride's bay, and comprises a moderate portion of arable and pasture land, which was enclosed under the provisions of an act of parliament in 1759. The surface is varied and in some parts hilly; the soil is in general productive, and the inhabitants are chiefly employed in agriculture. Stone, of a quality not inferior to that of Portland, abounds in the parish, and some quarries have been opened, which might have been worked to great advantage, had due care been taken to find out the proper stratum. . . The church is dedicated to St. Madoc: there was formerly a chapel of ease at the village of Drewson, but it has been for some time in ruins. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists. . ." [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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104236
  • 1861 Census - 0543244
  • 1871 Census - 0850857
  • 1881 Census - 1342305
  • 1891 Census - 6099647


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

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

  • Nolton Parish Church                                    James Taskar, Curate

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

  • St Madog
  • &
  • St Mary (Roch)
  • Incumbent and Curates; Ivor Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 1,548 & 4,521; Population 553

Church Records

PR earliest date given as 1695 in 1831

Parish registers: Christenings (1704-1991), Marriages (1704-1967) Banns (1825-1996), Burials (1704-1991) at Pem.RO

Facsimile M (1814-1924) at NLW

Copy ts PR CB (1695?-1736, 1751-1812) M (1695?-1736, 1781-1812) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685-6, 1799-1800, 1802-5, 1807-61, 1863-8, 1871-85) 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:

  • Chapel, in Nolton Haven [Independents / United Reformed, 1857]. Records ; See Keystone and Trefgarn Owain            SM86011855    Built 1857-8, internal alterations 1907 and renovation work 1923     Still open 1997    Coflein                         On Dyfed FHS
    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 (April 2008)

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

Description and Travel

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Places, villages, farms etc within Nolton 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)

  • Nolton (92); Druidston, Druidston Haven, Druidston Villa, Madoc's haven, Marlsborough, Nolton, Nolton Cross, Nolton Haven, Rogeston.


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


Historical Geography

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


[Gareth Hicks:  29 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM867182 (Lat/Lon: 51.821567, -5.096498), Nolton which are provided by: