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"PRENDERGAST, a parish in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, adjoining to and comprising part of the borough of Haverfordwest, and containing 1105 inhabitants. . . The parish is situated between the rivers Hiog and Cleddy, and, near its south-western extremity, is connected with the town of Haverfordwest by a bridge across the latter, from which the village extends chiefly along the road to Cardigan, with a branch street southward; the whole forming an extensive and important suburb of Haverfordwest. A small tract at this angle of the parish, comprising a part of the village lying nearest to the town, is included within the ancient limits of the town and county of the town of Haverfordwest . . . The church, dedicated to St. David, is an ancient and venerable structure, in the early style of English architecture, and in good repair. There is a place of worship for Primitive Methodists. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 1471282


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 - 0464343/45
  • 1851 Census - 0104236
  • 1861 Census - 0543244
  • 1871 Census - 0850856
  • 1881 Census - 1342305
  • 1891 Census - 6099647


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

  • Prendergast Parish Church        William Watts Harris, Minister
  • Wesleyan Chapel                Erected in 1835                John Morgan, Minister, Court House
  • Primitive Methodists            Erected about 1836               Not used exclusively as a place of worship           William Allen, Class Leader, Bootmaker

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

  • St David
  • Incumbent and Curates; W T Watson
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 1,140 ; Population 1,351

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1696-1966), Marriages (1696-1985) Banns (1825-49, 1937-72), Burials (1696-1977) at NLW with Mf/fac copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR C (1702-90) incomplete at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1777, 1801-13, 1815-61, 1865-73) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105201.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Hill Park Baptist chapel, Prendergast Hill                       SM9557415987      Built 1888 to replace an earlier building that then became a vestry and schoolroom.   Still open 1993    Coflein     On Dyfed FHS
  • Prendergast Baptist chapel, Prendergast Hill             SM9580216411            Not still open 2000    Coflein
  • Chapel, in Prendergast parish but in town of Haverfordwest  [Primitive Methodists, c 1836]. Records ; baptisms, 1847-1907. Other records for this denomination, such as accounts, Sunday School papers, and minutes, at Pem RO            Closed in 1858       These details from Rawlins           Not seen on Coflein or Dyfed FHS sites
  • Chapel [Wesleyan Methodists, 1835] . Records ; Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuit ; baptismal registers 1842-1934, circuit schedule and plans, quarterly minutes, accounts 1889-1980, at Pem RO [DFC/M/9]                  These details from Rawlins                  Not seen on Coflein or Dyfed FHS sites

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Prendergast which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Prendergast 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)

  • Prendergast (85); Cottesmore, Glanafan, Park Ho.,Scotchwell, Springfield, Tangiers.


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

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

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

  • Cilymaenllwyd estate, records   1541-[c. 1864]     "The Stepney family was established at Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, from early in the second half of the sixteenth century until at least 1670. However, the house was in ruins by 1767, as the family had moved to Llanelli House, Carmarthenshire.................."             
  • Eaton Evans & Williams (Solicitors) Records            "Including ..... manorial records of the manors of Manorbier, Penely and Prendergast 1618-1850........."  
  • Massy, H. R. S., Brigadier, papers relating to Rudbaxton and Prendergast        1805-1909      "Brigadier Hugh Royds Stokes Massy (1884-1965) of Cottesmore and Mount Pleasant, Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, accumulated records relating to properties in Pembrokeshire, including The Cotts, a mansion in Prendergast, Pembrokeshire, which had been owned by Louis Devandes in the early 19th century, and the Peel family from 1814................."

Held at the NLW ;

  • Estate records, 1541-c1864, and correspondence, C18, deposited by Lady Howard Stepney of Cilymaenllwyd relating mainly to the family of Stepney of Prendergast and Llanelli and estates in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.



[Gareth Hicks: 29 Dec 2012]

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