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"ROCH, a parish in the hundred of RH‘S, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (N.W. by W.) from Haverfordwest, containing 791 inhabitants. . . The parish, which is situated on the eastern shore of St. Bride's bay, and on the turnpike road leading from Haverfordwest to St. David's, is of considerable extent, comprising a large tract of arable and pasture land, which, with the exception of Cyfern mountain, occupying only a small portion of it, and the cliffs to the west and south-west, bordering upon the bay, is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. . . The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a plain neat edifice without a tower, consisting only of a nave and chancel . . . There were anciently two chapels of ease, both now in ruins: one of these was at Hilton, about a mile to the south of the church, and the other at TrÍvran, about a mile and a half distant from it; the latter, situated on the margin of the bay, was called Caradoc's chapel . . . There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyan Methodists. Mr.Henry Grant, third son of the Rev. John Grant, bequeathed £500 for the endowment of a free school here, the interest of which sum is paid towards the support of a school, in which six boys and six girls are gratuitously instructed. . . " [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:

Church History

ROCH, St. Mary the Virgin   1857-1865      - 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 Nolton with Roch from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1677-1737, 1763-1974), Marriages (1677-1737, 1754-1922, 1926-82) Banns (1823-99, 1901-2000), Burials (1677-1737, 1763-1901) at Pem.RO

Fac C (1813-1974) M (1837-1922) at NLW

Copy ts PR CB (1677-1737, 1763-1812) M (1677-1737, 1783-1812) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1800, 1802-63, 1865-8, 1871-86) 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:

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 Roch 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)


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


Pembrokeshire Families

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


Roch Castle  -  a Castles of Wales site.   "The castle was founded in the 2nd half of the 13th century, although the lordship de Rupe (rock) can be traced back to about 1200. An earlier fortress may have existed here, but the prominent D-shaped tower on this isolated rocky outcrop is thought to have been built by Adam de Rupe...."

Land and Property

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


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[Gareth Hicks:  28 Dec 2012]

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