"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).]



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



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

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


    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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105129.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg


    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

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Bletherston which are provided by:



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


    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.


    Land & 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


    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:


    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.


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