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"TENBY (DYNBYCH Y PYSCOED), a parish, including the In-Liberty and the Out-Liberty (each of which separately maintains its own poor), the former constituting the borough, and comprising the seaport and market town of Tenby, and having exclusive jurisdiction, though locally in the hundred of Narberth (but Ralwins says Castlemartin hundred), county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 11 miles (E.) from Pembroke, 20 (S.E.) from Haverfordwest, and 245 (W.) from London, containing 2128 inhabitants, of which number, 1942 are within the limits of the borough. . . The town is romantically situated on the eastern and southern sides of a rocky peninsula stretching out into the Bristol channel, and rising to an elevation of one hundred feet above the level of high water: it consists of one principal street, and several smaller ones diverging from it . . . The principal street is well paved, but not lighted, and the inhabitants are provided with water from conduits in the town, supplied by pipes from a reservoir . . . The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a venerable and spacious structure, principally in the early style of English architecture, with a square embattled tower surmounted by a lofty spire . . . There are places of worship for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists; and a building on the pier, said to have been dedicated to St. Julian, and used as an oratory, in Roman Catholic times, by seamen, prior to their setting out on a voyage, is occasionally used by the Dissenters as a marine chapel. A Sunday school is supported by subscription; and it is in contemplation to establish a National school . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]


Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 0104320


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

St Mary's Parish Church, Tenby.
"The Parish of Tenby consists of 5 Churches including St.Marys; Ss. Nicholas & Teilo, Penally; St Lawrence, Gumfreston; St. Anne's, New Hedges and St. Julian's, Tenby Harbour.This Ancient Parish Church built in the C12th is part of the Anglican Church in Wales, Diocese of St. Davids. It is situated in the centre of the Ancient borough of Tenby and is a focal point of the community....."

Brief history of the Congregational Church Tenby. H. G. Walters, [1968] 46p,[2] leaves of plates : ill, ports ; 22cm. "Centenary celebration souvenir" -

Laws, Edward . Church book of St. Mary the Virgin, Tenby . Tenby : John Leach ; 1907.xviii, 292 p. : ill., plans ; 23 cm.

Thomas, W. Gwyn, (William Gwyn). Tenby Parish Church : a short account of the building and history of St. Mary's Church.Tenby Parish Church, 1984. 22,[2]p : ill, plan ; 20cm.

Williams, George. Excavations outside St Mary's Church, Tenby . Archaeology in Wales 34 (1994), p. 26-9

Church Records

Parish registers: Christenings (1711-1930), Marriages (1711-1971) Banns (1823-66, 1877-1963), Burials (1711-1971) at Pem.RO.

Fac copy (1711-28) at NLW

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685, 1762, 1799-1804, 1806-7, 1811-51, 1853-94) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105212.

Baptisms 1712-1930, Marriages  1754-1930,  Burials 1720-1971

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 Tenby 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)

Virtual Tenby , includes some history

A pictorial and descriptive guide to South Wales: including Brecon, Newport, Cardiff, Vale of Neath, Swansea, Gower, Carmarthen, Llandovery, Tenby, Pembroke, Fishguard, Cardigan, New Quay, Aberystwyth, etc. (4th ed.), London, Ward, Lock & co., Ltd. (1925) 192, 80 p., front., ill., maps, plans, plates.

Ball, Geoffrey. Old Tenby and its enduring charms . The Lady 207 (1988), p. 129

Bourne, A.M.  Tenby and its neighbourhood; A guide to  (1843)

Cripps, Brian. Tenby postcards of yesteryear. Llandysul : Gomer, 1995. ix,124p : ill, maps, ports ; 19cm. In Gomer's 2002 Catalogue. 1 85902 295 2. Gomer site intro;
"Since the publication of the earliest picture postcards of Tenby around the turn of the century, viewcards of the town and nearby Penally have sold in vast quantities.Many cards were the product of three leading postcard publishers, Charles Smith Allen, his son Henry Mortimer Allen, and Arthur Squibbs, whilst others were the work of both local and national photographers. All the cards illustrate the skill of these early photographers and provide us with an invaluable historical record of daily life and social activity in Tenby town."

Daniels, D. Ken. Saundersfoot and Tenby. Stroud: Chalford, 1995. 159p : ill, facsims,map,ports ; 24cm. Series title Archive photographs

Fair and fashionable Tenby. Tenby Museum, 1987. 64p : ill ; 21x25cm.

Gosse, Philip Henry. Tenby: a seaside holiday. London : J. Van Voorst, 1856. xviii, [1], 400, [8] p. ([8] p. at end advertisements) : 24 plates (part col.)

Gwynne, F.P.  Tenby and its neighbourhood; Sketches of  1846

Howells, Roscoe Tenby Old and New. 1981 (Gomer Press) 91pp. 114 b/w illus. Sections cover The Harbour, The Lifeboat, Visitors, Municipal Authority, St Margaret's Fair, Religion, Caldey, St Catherine's. Tenby United R.F.C., Schooling, The Hospital, The Gasworks, The Fire Brigade, Swimming Pool, Tenby Observer, Days of Change. 1-2 page intro. to each section as well as general intro.

Leach, Arthur L. Charles Norris 1779-1858 of Tenby and Waterwynch .Topographical Artist. 1939 (Tenby Observer).58pp. inc. index, biblio and appendix. 10 b/w pls. of Charles Norris's etchings.

Leach, A. L.  Tenby and South Pembrokeshire; Leach's guide to,  (1898); ii, (1901); iii, 1908

Mason, R.  Tenby and its neighbourhood; A guide to the town of,  [1856]*; ii, *; iii, undated; iv, [c. 1860]; v, [1864]; vi, [1873]

Morris, J. P. The Pembroke and Tenby railway . Haverfordwest : Laidlaw-Burgess, 1976. 48p

Norris, Charles. Etchings of Tenby, including many ancient edifices which have been destroyed, and intended to illustrate the... Early Flemish archtitecture; : with a short account of that town and of the principal buildings... London : J. Booth, 1812. 2 p. l., v, 84 p : 17 pl ; 25 cm.

Price, Martin Randall Connop. The Pembroke and Tenby railway.  Oxford : Oakwood Press, 1986. 112p

Shepherd, Alan. A picture guide to Tenby .Saundersfoot : Guideline Publications, 1986. 15p : col.ill ; 21cm.

Skone, Evelyn. Tenby in old picture postcards. Netherlands : European Library, 1985. [80]p : ill, ports ; 15x21cm.

Tenby : old & new. Llandysul : Gomer, 1981. 91p : ill, ports ; 22cm.

The geology of the South Wales coalfield. : Part XIII. The country around Pembroke and Tenby. Great Britain. Geological Survey. Edition 3d ed. London : H. M. Stationery Off., 1964- pts. illus., maps, diagrs : tables ; 25 cm

The Tenby guide : comprehending such information, relating to that town and its vicinity, as could be collected from ancient & modern authorities. Swansea : Printed by J. Voss, 1810. iv, 142, iv p. ; 16 cm.

Walker, R F            Tenby guides and Tenby visitors c1800-1940          The Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society, No.2, 1986-7  Welsh Journals Online

Worsley, Roger.   Prince of Places: A Pictorial & Social History of Tenby . Featuring the work of the pioneer Photographer Charles Smith Allen. n.d.(Haverfordwest) 88p. inc. list of references and intro. a chapter on photography and on Tenby as a holiday resort, richly illus. card covers.


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

Pigot & Co South Wales Directory for 1830   Here are Extracts for Tenby

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts for Tenby

Ward Lock's "Red Guide" to Tenby and South Wales. 7th ed. 1947,complete with all maps, photo. illus. many ads.


Pembrokeshire Families


Edward J Head : resident Tenby artist, 1863-1937.Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, 1998. 4p : ill, facsim,port ; 21cm.

Jones, David. JAMES of New Hedges, nr Tenby. Dyfed FHS journal  (4/313) The story of Anne, a teacher in London, and the daughter of Thomas and Hannah James, who emigrated to Hamilton, New Zealand, in 1868

King, Elizabeth. Tenby Museum archives : Pembrokeshire records for family historians. Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, 1996. [8]p ; 21cm.

Tipton, John. Charles Norris,1779-1858, and his legacy to Tenby. John Tipton, 1997. 13p, [5]p of plates : ill, geneal.table,port ; 21cm.


A history of Tenby is given in the Lewis transcription - see under Directories.


Beardsworth, Tim. The sieges of Pembroke and Tenby, 1648 .Backwell : Stuart Press, 1998. 20p

Beynon, John. The 125th anniversary of Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.   (NLW's site)   Pemb Historian XIII

Davies, Margaret. The story of Tenby. Tenby : Tenby Museum, 1979 26p : ill, maps ; 21cm.

Davies, Margaret          Victorian naturalists in Tenby           The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 7 1981        Welsh Journals Online

Harrison, Wilfred.  Some aspects of Tenby's history   (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian Vol II

Laws, Edward. A short account of the great Civil War as it affected Tenby and its neighbourhood. Tenby : F. B. Mason, 1893. 24p, 5 leaves of plates ; 19cm.

Murphy, Kenneth. Pottery from the Tudor Merchant's House, Tenby. Medieval and Later Pottery in Wales (Bulletin of the Welsh Medieval Pottery Research Group) 8 (1985), p. 25-39

Price, Brian.  The vandals of Vandalton   [Tenby]  (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian XII

Price, Brian. Two Tenby duels and their associations   (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian XIV

Rhys-Phillips, David. The postal history of Tenby.Tenby Museum, 1974.[1],14p : ill ; 22cm.

Smith, Gilbert N. (Gilbert Nicholas). On the Tenby bone-caves, and the question of the antiquity of the human race as inferred from certain flint implements found in them. London : Tenby : Kent & Co. ; R. Mason, [1860] 16p ; 22cm. 'This paper was read, in brief, before the Geological Section of the British Association, meeting at Oxford on Saturday 30th June 1860'

Stubbs, Arthur. A brief history of Tenby harbour and surrounding area . Tenby Museum & Art Gallery, 1994. [4]p ; 21cm.

Thomas, W. Gwyn, (William Gwyn). The walls of Tenby. Archaeologia Cambrensis 142 (1993), p. 1-39

Taliesin. Etmic Dinbych : or, In praise of Tenby : from The book of Taliesin (c.875 AD).Tenby Museum & Art Gallery, 1995. [4]p ; 21cm.

Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;


Merchant Marine

Tenby Lifeboat Station


Lewis, Mark. Tenby in camera : a history of photography and Tenby photographers : to accompany the exhibition of 29 March - 31 October 1999 .Tenby : Tenby Museum & Art Gallery, 1999. [16]p : ill ; 21cm.

Morris, Jeff . Tenby lifeboats.[Tenby] : RNLI, Tenby Branch, [1988] 34, [1]p : ill, map,port ; 15x21cm.

Nixon, Avis. A Tenby lifeboat family : the memoirs in her own words of Tenby Lifeboatman's daughter.Tenby : John Fish, c2000. 204 p. ; 18 cm.  Series title Star of Pembrokeshire series

Public Records

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

Social Life and Customs

Bielski, Alison . Tales and Traditions of Old Tenby. 1981 (Tenby) 108pp. illus. b/w repro.

Cule, John. Some Early Hospitals in Wales and the Border. National Library of Wales journal. 1977, Winter Volume XX/2. Here is the opening section of an extract relating to this parish;
"There appear to have been two early hospitals in Tenby. The leper hospital of St. Mary Magdalen near the bottom of Heywood Hill, which was founded by Gilbert Mareschal about 1236 and another hospital dedicated to St. John the Baptist, to the west of the Globe Inn, which was founded by William de Valence, Earl of Pembroke and his countess, Joan ....."

Davies, Margaret. Victorian naturalists in Tenby . Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, 1998. 11 p. ; 21 cm.

Jones, David. The Tenby daffodil : the remarkable story of the true Welsh daffodil .Tenby : Tenby Museum, 1992. 28p : ill ; 21cm.

Price, Brian.  'Edmyg Dinbych' or ' In Praise of Tenby'   (NLW's site)  Pemb Historian IX


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