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St Dogwells

"DOGWELL'S, ST. (ST. DOGVAEL'S), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 9 miles (N.) from Haverfordwest, on the road from that town to Fishguard, containing 514 inhabitants. This parish is noted, on traditional authority, as the birthplace and place of burial of that distinguished patriot and chieftain, Owain Glyndwr, who is said to have been born at Little Trêfgarn and to have been interred at the small village of Wolf's Castle, both situated within its limits. . . Slate of good quality is found in this parish, and is worked upon a limited scale. . . The church, dedicated to St. Dogvael, is a plain building of considerable antiquity, without either tower or spire: the nave is separated from the south aisle by low Norman arches. The sum of £7. 10. per annum is paid to the poor of this parish by Major Harries of Trêvacoon under the will of the late John Edwardes, Esq., of Trêfgarn. Within the limits of the parish are, a cromlech, and other remains of antiquity, some of which, supposed to have been Druidical altars, are at present little more than an indiscriminate heap of stones . . . " [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 - 0104238
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099650

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

  • Saint Dogwell's Parish Church                           Peter David Richardson, Vicar

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

  • St Mary
  • &
  • St Dogfael (St Dogwells)
  • Incumbent and Curates; E H Saunders
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 4,072 & 3,417 ; Population 371 & 479

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1718-1973), Marriages (1718-53, 1756-1933, 1939-68) Banns (1797-1944), Burials (1722-74, 1783-1966) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1800, 1802-7, 1811-79, 1885) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105206.

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

Places, villages, farms etc within St Dogwells 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 Rosemary St.Leger-May)

  • Detached part (unnumbered); Camp; Camp; Camp; Croft; Little Treffgarne; Little Treffgarne Mtn; Martinique; Nolton; Orielton; Woollen Factory
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Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.


Historical Geography

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

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Murcott, Ken           Wolfscastle: the outline of a local history            Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society  vol 1  1985    Welsh Journals Online


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM968279 (Lat/Lon: 51.912430, -4.955866), St Dogwells which are provided by:

Social life and Customs

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

  • Friends of Sealyham Hospital Comforts Society, papers  1948-1966   "Sealyham mansion, St Dogwells,Pembrokeshire, became a tuberculosis hospital 1923, funded by the King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association for the treatment of Tuberculosis. ....................."   
  • Sealyham Terrier clubs, records   1911-1989     "The Sealyham Terrier was bred in the 19th century by Captain John Owen Tucker-Edwardes, of Sealyham, St Dogwells, Pembrokeshire; he wished to develop a rough-haired terrier for vermin control. ......................................"

[Gareth Hicks:  27 Dec 2012]