"JOHNSTON, a parish in the hundred of RHÔS county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/4 miles (S.S.W.) from Haverfordwest, on the road to Milford, containing 194 inhabitants. The environs are pleasant, and contain some agreeable scenery, and in the vicinity are several respectable seats. Johnston Hall, an ancient mansion of the family of Edwards, and for a long time the residence of the late Lord Kensington, is now the property of the present lord, and is in the occupation of Thomas Bowen, Esq. The lands, which are all freehold, are chiefly enclosed, and in a good state of cultivation. This parish abounds with culm and limestone, the former of which is worked for the supply of the neighbourhood, and the latter also on a limited scale, and chiefly burnt for manure. The living is a discharged rectory, consolidated with the vicarage of Steynton, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, rated in the King's books at £2. 0. 5., endowed with the rectorial tithes, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church is not distinguished by any peculiar architectural features. There is a place of worship for Baptists. A Sunday school, in which about forty children are gratuitously instructed, is supported by subscription. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor amounts to £35. 9." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]


Business & Commerce Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Penhale and Co., Solicitors [Haverfordwest], records Including ".............. papers relating to C. H. J. Talmage and the Johnston Brick and Tile Co. Ltd, 1918-1967; miscellaneous deeds relating mainly to land in Pembrokeshire, [c. 1708]-1937.............."


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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104235
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850855
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099644

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

  • Johnston Parish Church W B Thomas, Rector [also of Steynton]
  • Horeb, Pope Hill Baptist Erected in 1817 Thomas Thomas, Minister, Bullford Cottage

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

  • St Parish Church & SS Cewyell and Peter (Steynton)
  • Incumbent and Curates; T B Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 1,295 & 6,801; Population 1,859

    Church Records

    CB (1637-1804) M (1637-1755) entered in PR Steynton

    Parish registers: Christenings (1637-1804, 1813-1956), Marriages (1637-1809, 1813-1971) Banns (1839-1976), Burials (1637-1803, 1813-1987) at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1801, 1804-7, 1809-12, 1814-66) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105146.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Horeb , near Hope Hill [Baptists, 1817] SM93811233 Built 1817 demolished by 1993 Coflein
    • Johnston Baptist Church, St Peter's Rd, Johnston SM93221053 Built in the C20 ? Still open 2000 Coflein On Dyfed FHS

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Johnston which are provided by:



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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM933113 (Lat/Lon: 51.762419, -4.996462), Johnston which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Johnston 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)

    • Johnston (91); Clay Park, Coalpit Park, Hall, North Johnston, Pope Hill, Popehill Br.