"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).]
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:
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.
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.
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)
Pontfaen House - on the geograph.org site
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
Held at the NLW ;
[Gareth Hicks: 27 Dec 2012]
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