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"TELBENNY, a parish in the hundred of RHS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (W.S.W.) from Haverfordwest, containing 222 inhabitants. It is situated on the south side of St. Bride's bay, on a ridge overlooking which the village is chiefly built. Goldtop Road, off the coast of this parish, forming the south-westernmost recess of the bay, and affording safe anchorage for vessels during gales from certain quarters, might, according to Mr. Morris' account, in his survey of the Welsh coast, be made a very safe roadstead, in three or four fathoms water, by the construction of a pier on Burrow Head, in the erection of which the beach might be cleared of the large stones which now encumber it. This improvement of the haven, it is thought, would make it a place of great trade, as there are several mines of stone coal in the neighbourhood. At the western extremity of the parish is the small inlet of Mill Haven, and at the eastern that of Little Haven. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at 9. 12. 6., and in the patronage of Sir John Owen, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is situated near the coast, below the village. The average annual expenditure for the relief of the poor is 99. 14." [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

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

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1764-1990), Marriages (1764-1958) Banns (1791-1833, 1905-43), Burials (1764-1991) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1807, 1809-10, 1812-58, 1865, 1874) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105211.

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 Talbenny 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)


Pembrokeshire Families


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[Gareth Hicks: 29 Dec 2012]

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