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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:

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

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

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)


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[Gareth Hicks: 30 Dec 2012]

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