"BAYVILL, a parish, in the union of CARDIGAN, hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E.N.E.) from Newport; containing 130 inhabitants. This small parish, which is situated in the northern part of the county, and within a short distance of the coast, is intersected by a tributary stream, which rises to the north of the church,and falls into the river Nevern near its influx into the sea at Newport bay: the tateable annual value is returned at £658. The living is a discharged vicarage, consolidated with that of Moylgrove, rated in the king's books at £5, and endowed with £800 royal bounty; net income, £244; improprietors, the Landowners. The church is dedicated to St Andrew. There is a place of worship for Independents." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]



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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104239
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850859
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099652

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

  • Bayvill Parish Church, consolidated with the Parish Church of Moylgrove David Evan Morgan, Minister
  • College Green Ind Erected in 1791 Evan Lewis, Minister, Brynberian, Eglwyswrw

Parish entry for Nevern with Cilgwyn and Bayvil from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Brynach & St Mary (Cilgwyn) & Parish Church (Bayvil)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D Davies
  • Rural Deanery of Kemes
  • Acreage 14,735 & --- & 1,351 ; Population 876 & --- & 71

St Andrew, Bayvil - on the Friends of Friendless Churches site "St Andrew's is thought to be an early nineteenth century rebuilding of a medieval church although no perceptible early fabric remains. Indeed the church is valued for its survival as a modest but evocative late Georgian Anglican box with Gothick windows, and a completely intact, single chamber interior................."

Yr Hen Gapel, Bayvil  on the People's Collection Wales site

Cana Welsh Independent Chapel, Bayvil  on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    Diosean records suggest that c1790 this parish had registers going back to 1767

    Parish registers: Christenings (1813-93), Marriages (1814-37, 1839-77) Banns (1828-71, 1929-93) and Burials (1813-1908) are at the National Library of Wales with copies Mf [except Banns] at Pem.RO.

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1679-82, 1685-6, 1688-9, 1700-1, 1703, 1799-1802, 1804-15, 1821-60, 1862, 1864-5, 1867-8, 1870-5, 1877, 1879, 1882-3, 1885-8) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105128.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Penuel Baptist chapel, Rhydymaen / Cemmaes SN11544115 Built 1824, rebuilt 1860.Still open 1998): chapel Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • College Green (Yr Hen Gapel), in Felindre [Independent, 1810]. Records ; see Brynberian SN10073907 Built 1791, rebuilt in 1810, in 1857 converted to a Sunday School and in the later C19 to a vestry. Still in use 1993 Coflein
    • Cana Ind chapel, Felindre SN10053901 Built 1810, rebuilt 1856-7 Coflein On Dyfed FHS Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
      Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh ) - with translation

    Description & Travel


      You can see pictures of Bayvil which are provided by:



      The transcription of the section for Bayvil from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.



      Rowland, H.J. A genealogical sketch of the posterity of John Rowland of Rhosybayvil, parish of Bayvil, Pembroke, Wales and afterwards of East Whiteland, Chester Co., Pa. (1893), Ann Arbor, Mich., University Microfilms International (1993). [(Genealogy and local history ; G5570)]


      James, Heather. Excavations at Caer, Bayvil, 1979 , in Archaeologia Cambrensis 136 (1987), p. 51-76


      Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN111407 (Lat/Lon: 52.03203, -4.754849), Bayvil which are provided by:


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Bayvil 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 Peter D Hall)

      • Bayvil [21]; Crugiant Cemmais, Cwm Gloyne, Pant-y-groes, Plas-y-merchant, Rhos-Bayvil, Velindre-farchog