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Bletherston

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"BLETHERSTON, a parish, in the union of NARBERTH, hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (N.W. by N.) from Narberth; containing 371 inhabitants. This parish is situated in the eastern part of the county, and occupies a position on the left bank of the eastern Cleddy river. The rateable annual value has been returned at £953. 6.6. The living is a consolidated vicarage with Llawhaden. The impropriate tithes, payable to the chancellor of St. David's, have been commuted for a rent-charge of £116. 13. 4. and the vicarial for one of £58. 6. 8., both subject to rates, averaging £17. 18. 11. per annum. Several coins were found here about ten years ago, but they were immediately sold at Haverfordwest, and smelted; so that nothing is known of their date or history. There is an estate in this parish, called Langridge, which belongs to the Bishop of St. David's." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1844).]

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Cemeteries

Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 1471282

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Census

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 - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099632
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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

  • Bletherstone Parish Church "There is a monument erected in it about 200 years ago" Hugh Evans, Parish Clerk

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

  • St Aidan & St Mary (Bletherston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; T Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 4,609 & 2,398 ; Population 629

Penffordd Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Bletherston on the People's Collection Wales site

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    Church Records

    CB (1653-1812) M (1653-1753) entered in PR Llawhaden

    Parish registers: Christenings and Burials (1653-1980) and Marriages (1653-1971) are at the National Library of Wales with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1772, 1799, 1801-38, 1840-57, 1859-70, 1872-3, 1875-9, 1881-3) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105129.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Carmel Baptist chapel, Pen-ffordd SN07612230 Built 1804, modified, altered and rebuilt 1873 and 1915 Coflein
    • Penffordd CM chapel, Pen-ffordd SN07652234 Built 1861, restored 1913. Still open 2000 Coflein    On Dyfed FHS
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    Description and Travel

    You can see pictures of Bletherston which are provided by:

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    Gazetteers

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

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    Historical Geography

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

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    Land and Property

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

    • J. C. Williams and Roberts [solicitors] Collection of Deeds "Deeds collected by JC Williams and Roberts relating to Bletherston, 1621-1913
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    Maps

    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN078218 (Lat/Lon: 51.861859, -4.7927), Bletherston which are provided by:

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    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Bletherston 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)

    • Bletherston (79); Bletherston, Dolaeron, Hollowayfawr, Llandre Br., Longridge, Milton, Mountain, Pen-ffordd, Posty, Rhyd Brown, Tregendeg Isaf.
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    Schools

    Pupils, Pen-ffordd school (Bletherston) on the People's Collection Wales site