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"PWLLCROCHON (PWLL-CROCHAN), a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (W. by N.) from Pembroke, containing 174 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the south side of Milford Haven, and comprises a considerable tract of arable and pasture land, of which, with the exception of a comparatively small portion, the whole is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. Limestone abounds within its limits, and some of the inhabitants are employed in the quarries, which are worked on a moderate scale. . . The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a venerable structure, in the decorated style of English architecture, erected in the fourteenth century by Radulph Beneger, then rector of the parish . . . There is a place of worship for Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. John Meares, Esq., of Istington, in this parish, in 1763, charged his estates in Pembrokeshire with the payment of £12 per annum for the instruction of twelve poor boys of this and the adjoining parish of Rhoscrowther, the schoolroom, which had been previously built by that gentleman, is kept in repair by his successors, who, with the rector for the time being, have the nomination of the children. . . " [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 - 0464342
  • 1851 Census - 0104234
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850854
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099641


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

  • Pwllcrochan Parish Church                George Cartinel, Rector
  • Wallaston     CM       Erected in 1809             William Hale, Elder, Lambecth, Nr Pembroke


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

  • St Decumanus (or Dagman)
  • &
  • St Mary (Pwllcrochan)
  • Incumbent and Curates; R R Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage  2,390 & 1,709 ; Population 115 & 126

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1695-1976), Marriages (1695-1811, 1815-36, 1839-1956) Banns (1886-1940), Burials (1695-1982) at NLW

MF copies Christenings (1695-1976), Marriages (1695-1811, 1815-36, 1839-1956) Banns (1886-1940), Burials (1695-1812) at Pem.RO

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

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1810, 1812-21, 1823-91) 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:

  • Wallaston, Wallaston Green [Calvinistic Methodists, 1808]          SM92370066      Built 1809, modified, altered and rebuilt 1850 and 1880-2.   Not still open 1993  Coflein       On Dyfed FHS

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

St Mary's Church, Pwllcrochan.   Memorial Inscriptions

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Pwllcrochan which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within Pwllcrochan 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 Gareth Hicks)

  • Pwllcrochan (153);  Bullwell, Camp, Greenhill, Lambeeth, Pennar Cants?, Popton Point, Pwllcrochan, Pwllcrochan Flats, Sawdern, Sawdern Point, Wallaston Cross, Wallaston Green, West Pennar, Wt Popton


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

Historical Geography

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


Hughes, Basil.  Jottings Pembrokeshire Angle,Bangeston, Eastington,Pwllcrochan and Rhoscrowther Parishes [Kindle Edition 2013]


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM921026 (Lat/Lon: 51.683533, -5.008929), Pwllcrochan which are provided by:

[Gareth Hicks: 24 Aug 2013]