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"YERBESTON, a parish in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (S.W.) from Narberth, containing 155 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated near the turnpike road leading from Pembroke to Narberth, comprises but a small extent of land, which is all enclosed and cultivated. Culm is found in some parts of it, but is worked only for home consumption, and the supply of the immediate neighbourhood. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £5. 3. 9., endowed with £400 private benefaction, and £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Baron de Rutzen. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. A school for the gratuitous instruction of poor children is supported at the sole expense of the present incumbent. The average annual expenditure for the relief of the poor is £36. 13." [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
  • 1871 Census - 0850852
  • 1881 Census - 1342302
  • 1891 Census - 6099636


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

  • Yerbeston Parish Church                  Edmund Edward Allen, Officiating Minister


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

  • Parish Church
  • &
  • St Lawrence (Yerbeston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; B A Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Narberth
  • Acreage 1,249 & 1,252; Population 154

Church Records

PR none before 1813 to be found in 1831, and CB (1791-1812) recorded in 1933 as being in poor condition now apparently lost. Diocesan records suggest that in 1814 there were extant PR C (1786-1812) M (1778-1811)  B (1787-1812)

Parish registers : Christenings (1813-1976), Marriages (1813-1968), Burials ( 1813-1976) at Pem.RO

Copy ts BT (1801-35) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1831, 1833-5, 1840, 1843-7, 1849, 1851-73, 1875-8, 1880-6, 1888-91, 1893-5, 1898-1902, 1904-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105216.

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

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Places, villages, farms etc within Yerbeston 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)

  • Yerbeston (131); Campshill, Thorn, Waddock Lake, Yerbeston.

Historical Geography

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


[Gareth Hicks: 30 Dec 2012]

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN063089 (Lat/Lon: 51.745190, -4.807288), Yerbeston which are provided by: