Henry's Moat


"HENRY'S MOAT, a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 10 1/2 miles (N.E. by N.) from Haverfordwest, containing 282 inhabitants. This parish derives its name from an ancient tumulus in the form of a truncated cone, surrounded by a moat, and in all probability formerly surmounted by a military work, called by the Welsh Castell Hên-drêv, or "the castle of the old town," which name has been corrupted by the English settlers in this part of the principality into its present appellation. The lands in this parish are for the greater part enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation; and considerable portions of unenclosed land, consisting chiefly of heath and turbaries, afford pasturage for sheep, and supply the principal fuel of the inhabitants. The soil is various, being rich and fertile in the lower and cultivated grounds, but in other parts of the parish poor and unproductive. The surrounding scenery, though not distinguished by any striking peculiarity of feature. is generally pleasing; and the views over the adjacent country are interesting, and in some instances extensive. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £5. 6. 8., endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Colonel Scourfield. The church, dedicated to St. Bernard, is not distinguished by any architectural details of importance. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £112. 5." [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 - 1342306
  • 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

  • Henry's Moat, Dedicated to St Bernard, Parish Church Lewis Davies, Curate
  • Horeb, Hendrysmoat Baptist Erected in 1835 William John, Ebenezer Eynon, Deacons  NB is this the Horeb in adjoining parish of Maenclochog ?
  • Silo chapel, Nery's Moat Ind Erected in 1842 Day School kept David Owen, Minister

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

The church and graveyard at Henry's Moat on the People's Collection Wales site

Siloh Congregational Chapel, Tufton on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    A note written on the front cover of PR B (1813-1986) states that PR CB (1715-1813) was extant in 1844

    Parish registers: Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1755-1970), Burials (1813-1986) at NLW with Mf/fac copies at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1678-84, 1686, 1689, 1799, 1803-5, 1807-16, 1818-37, 1839-48, 1850, 1853, 1855, 1858-9, 1861-7, 1871, 1874, 1878-89, 1897-1906) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105144.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Horeb, in Skerry Hill [Baptists, 1835]. Records, See Rhydwilym/Llandysilio [not found listed on Coflein or Dyfed FHS]  NB is this the Horeb in adjoining parish of Maenclochog ?
    • Siloh, in Tufton [Independents, 1842] SN03982814 Built 1842, restored 1900 Coflein On Dyfed FHS under Castell Henri Seilo Ind chapel, Castellhenri 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 Henry's Moat which are provided by:



    The transcription of the section for Henry's Moat from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.



    Pembrokeshire Families

    Phillips, Frank . The Phillips family of Maenclochog and Henry's Moat



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN054285 (Lat/Lon: 51.920737, -4.830765), Henry's Moat which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Henry's Moat 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)

    • Henry's Moat [48]; Bernard's Well, Blackmuck, Blaen-wern, Budloy, Castell Hendre (Henry's Moat), Farthings Hook, Garden, Goelly Mountain, Holmus, Henry's Moat (Castell Hendre), Pen-y bont, Pen-y-garn, Rectory, St Mary's Well, Syfynwy Falls, Tir-y-Grug, Tufton, Ty-rhyg