"CASTLEBIGH (CASTLE-BEITH), a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 10 miles (N. N. E.) from Haverfordwest, containing 284 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £6, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. On the border of this parish are the remains of a Roman encampment, through which runs the high road separating the parishes of Castle-Bigh and Ambleston, and which is minutely described in the account of the latter parish. There is also another encampment near the church, fortified with double ramparts, and occupying about four acres of ground. A house in the parish, called " Poll Tax Inn," received its name from having been the place where that tax was collected. The parochial rates are levied on the ploughlands. An average annual expenditure amounting to £52.17. is applied to the support of the poor." [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 - 0464343
  • 1851 Census - 0104238
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1341762
  • 1891 Census - 6099650

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

  • Castle Bythe Parish Church "This return is missing"

Parish entry for Henry's Moat with Castle Bythe (R D of Fishguard) from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Brynach & Parish Church (Castle Bythe)
  • Incumbent and Curates; A W Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 3,215 & 2,587 ; Population 243 & 120

    Church Records

    Civil register (1653-7) at Cardiff Central Library with Mf at NLW

    Parish registers: Christenings (1777-1894, 1959), Marriages (1752, 1756-72, 1775-1920), Burials (1777-1980) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR [extracts] CMB (1781-1883) at NLW

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1677-80, 1685-6, 1799, 1801, 1803, 1805-11, 1813-16, 1819-20, 1825-9, 1831-9, 1841, 1843, 1845-80, 1885-98) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105134.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Castlebythe which are provided by:



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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN019287 (Lat/Lon: 51.921664, -4.882822), Castlebythe which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Castlebythe 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)

    • Castlebythe [49]; Brist, Cant, Castell Mael, Castell y Funch, Castlebythe, Castlebythe Common, Henne, Longhook, Mount Pleasant, Mynydd Castlebythe, Poll Tax Inn, Rhos Fawr, Vaynor fach, Wern (2)