"LLANREITHAN (LLAN-RHIDIAN), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Solva, containing 141 inhabitants. This parish, which derives its name from the dedication of its church, is pleasantly situated in the north-western part of the county, and comprises some fertile tracts of land, which are enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surrounding scenery, though in general pleasing, is not distinguished by any peculiarity from that which prevails generally in this part of the principality. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Subchanter and Minor Chapter of the cathedral church of St. David's, to whom the tithes of the parish are appropriated. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £64. 15." [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 - 0464342
  • 1851 Census - 0104237
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850857
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099648

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

  • Llanruthan Parish Church (Perpetual Curacy) George Mathias, Churchwarden

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

  • St Teilo & St Rheithan (Llanrheithan)
  • Incumbent and Curates; John Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Dewisland
  • Acreage 1,908 & 1,739 ; Population 284

See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Reithan's Church


    Church Records

    PR M (1786-98) recorded in 1831 apparently lost. Diocesan records suggest that c1790 the registers went back 25 years

    Parish registers: Christenings (1803-1968), Marriages (1799-1952) Banns (1799-1823), Burials (1799-1977) at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR [extracts] CMB (1799-1907) at NLW

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799, 1801-5, 1807-27, 1829-48, 1850-3, 1855-8, 1862-5, 1867, 1869, 1871-7) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105180.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description & Travel

    Jones, Francis. Llanrheithan. (NLW's site) Pemb Historian vol III

    You can see pictures of Llanreithan which are provided by:



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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM857285 (Lat/Lon: 51.914016, -5.117869), Llanreithan which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Llanreithan 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)

    • Llanreithan [59]; Aber nant, Blaen llyn, Clawdd-cam, Hollybush, Llanreithan, Tre yscaw