"JEFFRESTON, a parish in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (S. by W.) from Narberth, containing 610 inhabitants. The village is pleasantly situated on a well-wooded eminence, and forms a conspicuous and interesting feature in the views from the adjacent parts of the country. Near the turnpike road from Narberth to Pembroke, which passes through the parish, and about half-way between Creswell Quay and the church, is Cresselly, the seat of I.H. Allen, Esq., surrounded with luxuriant plantations. The substrata of the soil of this parish are stone coal and culm, which have been wrought to a very great extent, and still continue to be procured, though on a smaller scale. The mines are thought to be nearly exhausted, but it is probable that, by carrying the shaft to a greater depth, an abundant supply might still be obtained. The coal is shipped at Creswell Quay, in a branch of Milford Haven extending for more than a mile and a half to the south, and partly in this parish, for the coast of Sussex, in vessels of about eighty tons' burden. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £4. 17. 6., endowed with £200 private benefaction, £600 royal bounty, and £1000 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Chapter of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. Jeffry and St. Oswald, is not distinguished by any remarkable architectural features. The average annual expenditure for the main-tenance of the poor is £231. 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 - 0464344
- 1851 Census - 0104232
- 1861 Census - 0543242
- 1871 Census - 0850852
- 1881 Census - 1342302
- 1891 Census - 6099636
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
Parish entry for Jeffreyston with Reynoldston from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
Lloyd, T. A history of Jeffreyston Parish Church, Pembrokeshire, Jeffreyston Parish Church (1992)  p.
Parish registers: Christenings (1695-1945), Marriages (1695-1971), Burials (1695-1977) at NLW with Mf copy at Pem.RO
Copy ts PR [extracts] (1715-1801) at NLW
Copy ts PR (1730-1837) incomplete and with index, at Pem.RO
Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1876, 1879, 1881, 1885-6, 1888-9, 1903-4) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS.
Bishops Transcripts for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 0105146.
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.
Eynon/Einon names from the Jeffreyston PRs, also names of Vicars 1534-1903. And a photograph of the parish church
Various landscape photographs of the area - on the People's Collection Wales site
The transcription of the section for Jeffreyston from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.
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Inglis-Jones, Elisabeth. A Pembrokeshire County Family in the Eighteenth century . Part I , National Library of Wales Journal, 1971, Winter. Volume XVII/2. "Since the sixteenth century when a John Allen migrated there from Ireland, many branches of his descendants had inhabited Pembrokeshire.................In 1728 John Allen of Goodhooke raised his standing by his marriage with Joan Bartlett, heiress of Cresselly (in Jeffreyston parish), a fine estate with an ancient house standing on a coal-bearing headland above a tidal river and overlooking the far shores of Milford Haven"
You can see the administrative areas in which Jeffreyston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Parish map (Kain/Oliver)
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN072059 (Lat/Lon: 51.718757, -4.792228), Jeffreyston which are provided by:
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- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Places, villages, farms etc within Jeffreston 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)
- Jeffreston (133); Beacon Hill, Bishop's Br., Brince, Cresselly, Cresswell, Harrolds, Honey's Croft, Jeffreston, Landigwinnet, Lanesend, Marketgate, Millards, Morgan's Fm., Norchard.
Price, Martin Connop Coal, Culm and Cressswell Quay: some aspects of the Pembrokeshire coal industry in the eighteenth century The Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society, No.6, 1994/5 Welsh Journals Online