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"PONTVAEN (PONT-VAEN), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.E.) from Fishguard, containing 61 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the turnpike road leading from Haverfordwest to Newport, has a diversified surface, enlivened by the river Gwayn which runs through it. Pontvaen House, formerly the residence of the Laugharnes,and now by purchase, together with the estate, including the whole of the parish, the property of Henry Rees, Esq., is a handsome mansion, pleasantly situated, and surrounded with thriving plantations. The neighbourhood is supposed to afford some of the best grouse-shooting in the county. The soil is in general fertile: the substratum is slate, which however has not yet been worked. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at 3. 6. 8., endowed with 1200 royal bounty, and 400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of Henry Rees, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Bernard, is not remarkable for any architectural details of importance. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to 24. 15." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

Census

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

PONTFAEN, St. David   1861-1863   - 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 for Morvil with Pontfaen and Llanychllwydog from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

 

Eglwys Pontfaen = Pontfaen Church. [Abergwaun?] : [Menter Preseli?], [1996?] 1 sheet : ill ;This project was initiated by local communities in North Pembrokeshire and co-ordinated by Menter Preseli.

Church Records

Diocesan records suggest that c1790 this parish had registers going back to 1748

Parish registers; Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1815-1971), Burials (1813-1986) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1676, 1678-9, 1681-4, 1686, 1800-13, 1815-19, 1821-40, 1845-7, 1850, 1853, 1855) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105200.

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 Pontfaen  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)

Land and Property

Pontfaen House - on the geograph.org site

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

Held at the NLW ;

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries
 
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[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]

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