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Robeston West

"ROBESTON (WEST), a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles ( N.N.W.) from Milford, containing 112 inhabitants. This place is situated a few miles to the north of Milford Haven, and on the old turnpike road leading to Old Milford, or Haking. It comprises but a moderate tract of arable and pasture land, which is all enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. Robeston Hall, a seat belonging to William Henry Scourfield, Esq., of New Mote, is a good family mansion, pleasantly situated, and forming, with its grounds, which are well laid out, an ornamental object. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £6. 6. 8., and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £88. 8." [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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104235
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850855
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099644


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

  • Robeston West Parish Church                      William Edwards, Officiating Minister


Parish entry  for Walwyn's Castle with Robeston West from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St James
  • &
  • Parish Church (Robeston West)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D H Richards
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 3,297 & 1,111 ; Population 424

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1731-1992), Marriages (1731-1836, 1838-1926, 1930-67), Burials (1731-1992) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR C (1731-1812) M (1742-1812) B (1743-1812) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799, 1801-7, 1809-10, 1813-21, 1823-36, 1840-7, 1849-67, 1869) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105203.

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

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Places, villages, farms etc within Robeston West 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)

  • Robeston West (102); Bramble, Rickeston, Robeston Cross, Robeston West.


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

  • Penhale and Co., Solicitors, [Haverfordwest] Records       Include  ".... papers relating to Charles Hugh Allen of Robeston Hall [Robeston West], 1884-1895 ................"

Historical Geography

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


[Gareth Hicks: 30 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM886096 (Lat/Lon: 51.745075, -5.063731), Robeston West which are provided by: