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St Lawrence

"LAWRENCE (ST,), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 8 1/2 miles (N. by W.) from Haverfordwest, containing 211 inhabitants. This parish is situated in the northwestern part of the county, and comprehends a moderate extent of arable and pasture land, of which the greater portion is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surface is boldly undulated; the surrounding scenery, though not distinguished by any peculiarity of feature, is generally pleasing; and from the higher grounds some good views are obtained of the adjoining country, which is much diversified. The soil, though varying in different parts of the parish, is in general fertile: the parochial rates are assessed by the ploughland. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £3. 18. 9., endowed with £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, from which circumstance the parish derives its name, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. There is a place of worship for Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £52. 6." [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 - 0104237
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099649


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

  • St Lawrence Parish Church                  William Neyler, Rector

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

  • St Lawrence
  • &
  • Chapel of Ease (Ford)
  • Incumbent and Curates; L P Rees
  • Rural Deanery of Dewisland
  • Acreage 1,802; Population 230

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1767-99, 1814-1992), Marriages (1766-1954, 1959-70) Banns (1799-1944), Burials (1767-99, 1813-1992) at Pem.RO

Mf copies C (1814-47) M (1800-37) Banns (1799-1944), B (1813-1946) at NLW

Copy ts PR [extracts] C (1770-1897) M (1767-1869) B (1767-1811) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799, 1802-54, 1866, 1871-4) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105188.

Nonconformist Chapels;

  • Noddfa Baptist chapel, Newton Cross            SM90262675         Built 1862, rebuilt 1875 and 1924    Still open 1998            Coflein         On Dyfed FHS

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of St Lawrence which are provided by:

Places, villages, farms etc within St Lawrence 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 Peter D Hall)

  • St Lawrence [56]; Ffynnon-gren, Gwndwn-gwyn, Newton, St Lawrence, Stone Hall, Tre rhos, Tre Wilym, Ty cant

Historical Geography

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

Land and Property

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

  • Skyrme family of Llawhaden and Protheroe family of Stonehal,l St Lawrence, archives   1467-[19th century]        "The Skyrme family came from Shropshire, and resided at Llawhaden, Pembrokeshire, since the early 17th century. ............. John Skyrme, of Llawhaden, was High Sheriff in 1716. His wife was Frances Skyrme, and their daughter was Lucy Cordelia Skyrme. She married John Protheroe, of Egremont, Carmarthenshire, the son and heir of Lewis Protheroe. John Protheroe was the High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire in 1784. In 1793, he inherited Stonehall (or Stone Hall), in St Lawrence, Pembrokeshire, and moved there"


[Gareth Hicks:  27 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM934276 (Lat/Lon: 51.908485, -5.005048), St Lawrence which are provided by: