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"RH‘SMARKET (RH‘S-MARKET), a parish in the hundred of RH‘S, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (E.N.E.) from Milford, containing 456 inhabitants. This parish comprises a moderate extent of arable and pasture land, of which the whole is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the surface is undulated, and in some parts hilly. Its situation, about half-way between Haverfordwest and Milford, affords great facility for conveying to market its agricultural produce. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £4, endowed with £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The vicar, in addition to the small tithes, has the tithe of hay. The church, dedicated to St. Ishmael, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. In the village are the remains of an ancient mansion, formerly the seat of the family of Walters, in which was born Lucy, daughter of Sir Richard Walters, the favourite mistress of Charles II., and mother of the unfortunate Duke of Monmouth: the ruins are now the property of Mrs. Owen Barlow, who is the principal proprietor of land in the parish. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £110. 10." [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

ROSEMARKET, St. Ishmael    1857-1860    - on the Church plans online site

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

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

Church Records

PR CB (1777-1804) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. No mention of PR M (1813-37) in 1933 survey. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the registers went back to 1754

Parish registers: Christenings (1804-12, 1826-89), Marriages (1772-1812, 1837-1969) Banns (1823-1978), Burials 1804-89) at Pem.RO

Copy ms PR [extracts] C (1761-1803) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799, 1801-31, 1833-6, 1838, 1840-2, 1844-50, 1853-5, 1858) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105202.

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 Rosemarket 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)


Nicolle, Geoffrey.   Rosemarket


Brown, J., Phillips, J.W., and Warren. F.J. The history of Haverfordwest with that of some Pembrokeshire parishes, Haverfordwest, L. Brigstocke (1914) pp.193-195.

Land and Property

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


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[Gareth Hicks: 30 Dec 2012]

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