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PENALLY [Penalun]

"PENALLEY (PENALEY), a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 1 1/2 mile (S.W. by W.) from Tenby, containing 333 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated in the south-eastern extremity of the county, and on the shore of the Bristol channel, comprises a moderate portion of arable and pasture land, of which, with the exception only of a very small tract of common, the whole is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. . . The parish abounds with limestone, which is quarried upon an extensive scale: part of it is exported to the coast of Devonshire, and part is burnt into lime for manure, for the supply of the neighbourhood. . . The church is an ancient cruciform structure, and has been recently repaired and enlarged by the erection of a gallery containing sixty additional sittings . . . The vicarage-house is an elegant building, surrounded with beautiful gardens, and commanding some fine marine views . . . A neat and commodious school-house has been built also at the expense of the incumbent, in which about sixty children of both sexes are gratuitously instructed . . . Caldey Island is within the limits of this parish, for all ecclesiastical purposes." [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

PENALLY, St. Nicholas   1846-1852  - 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).

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1738-86, 1792-1991), Marriages (1739-51, 1754-1966) Banns (1824-90), Burials (1738-86, 1792-1993) at Pem.RO

Facsimile C  (1738-86) M (1738-1890) B (1738-86, 1813-1936) at NLW

Copy ts PR M pre 1813 with index at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1806, 1809-73, 1875, 1877, 1890-2) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105199.

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 Penally 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)


Howells, Roscoe. Caldey's Changing Scene  (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian XI


Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833, together with that for Caldey Island.


Pembrokeshire Families


Hughes, John. LEWIS of Caldey Island. Dyfed FHS journal.The difficulties encountered in researching the parents of a reputed orphan and also those of her husband after migrating to Glamorganshire.

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


Davies, Margaret. Spotlight on Penally. Dyfed FHS journal, vol 8/3 August 2003

Davies, Margaret. A Murder of Crows [The Story of Penally]. ISBN 09540428. Author, 2001. 175 p, 70+ illustrations. Covers a 500 year history of the village. Here is also an index by Margaret of personal names appearing in the book . Margaret is prepared to do lookups on her extensive database as detailed below - contact her via the Pembrokeshire Mailing List .

Howells, Roscoe. Total Community. Gomer, Llandysul. (1 85902 106 9). Gomer 2002 Catalogue;- "This lively and accessible book recounts the trials and tribulations of those who came from Chimay in Belgium to establish the Cistercian community on the island of Caldey in 1929.........."

Land and Property

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

Held at the NLW ;



Held at Pem.RO

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[Gareth Hicks:  30 Dec 2012]

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