"CLARBESTON, a parish in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 1/2 miles (W.) from Narberth, containing 218 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and £400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of W.H. Scourfield, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Martin. The rates in this parish are levied on the ploughlands, each of which contains one hundred statute acres. An average annual expenditure of £54.14. 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 - 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

  • Clarbeston Parish Church Thomas Thomas, Perpetual Curate
  • Carmel Baptist Erected in 1804 Henry Price, Baptist Minister, Carmel

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

  • Parish Church & St Martin of Tours (Clarbeston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J O Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 3,123 & 1,658 ; Population 220 & 130

Carmel Baptist Chapel, Clarbeston on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    No mention of PR M (1813-37) in 1933 survey

    Parish registers: Christenings (1718-1993), Marriages (1724-1813, 1837-1970) Banns (1755-1812, 1825-1952), Burials (1725-1993) at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1806, 1809-67, 1878-82) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105137.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Carmel [Baptists, 1803]. Records ; See Rhydwilym SN05152180 Built 1804, rebuilt in 1869 or 74 Still open 1998 Coflein     On Dyfed FHS

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Clarbeston which are provided by:



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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN047211 (Lat/Lon: 51.854309, -4.837375), Clarbeston which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Clarbeston 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)

    • Clarbeston (78); Bullhook, Clarbeston, Clarbeston Grange, Holmes, Knock.


    Held at Pem Archives

    • Clarbeston School photographs c 1900-1977