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East Williamston

"WILLIAMSTON, a chapelry in the parish of BEGELLY, hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N.W.) from Tenby, containing 470 inhabitants. It is situated on the high road between Pembroke and Carmarthen. Coal is obtained here. The chapel is a rude edifice without tower or spire. This place is separately assessed for the support of its poor, the average annual expenditure amounting to £50. 19." [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 - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104232
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850852
  • 1881 Census - 1342302
  • 1891 Census - 6099636

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

  • East Williamston Chapel of Ease to Begelly              "..... The Chapel is a miserable place"        Richard Burthby, Rector, Begelly Rectory
  • Moreton    WM            Erected in 1850                  Benjamin Owens, Superintendant


Parish entry for Begelly with East Williamston and Coedcenlas from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Parish Church
  • &
  • Chapel of Ease (East Williamston)
  • &
  • (Church in ruins, Caedcenlas)
  • Incumbent and Curates; H Phillips
  • Rural Deanery of Narberth
  • Acreage 2,533 & 1,454; Population 828 & 87

Church Records

PR; See Begelly parish

Bishops Transcripts for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 0105128. See Begelly parish

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • See Begelly parish

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Williamston East chapelry 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)

  • East Williamston (127); Broadmoor, Bush, Cold Inn, East Williamston, Masterland, North Vatson Fm., Prouts Park Fm., Templebar, Watershill, Wooden.
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Historical Geography

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Land and Property

Held at the NLW ;

  • Records [deposited by R K Lucas], mainly C17th-C20th from the office of Messrs John Harvey & Sons, later Messrs James Thomas & Sons, land estate agents, Haverfordwest...................; of the Scourfield family of New Moat and Williamston.............


[Gareth Hicks: 5 Jan 2013]

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