"LLANSTADWELL (LLAN-STADWELL), a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E. by S.) from Milford, containing 733 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the northern shore of Milford Haven, comprises a considerable tract of fertile and well-cultivated land, with some portions of hilly ground, which, from its steepness, is but ill adapted to repay the expense and labour of cultivation. . . The surrounding scenery is finely varied, combining the fine expanse of water in the haven on the south, and the spacious open channel on the west, with extensive tracts of richly cultivated country on the north and east. . . The church, dedicated to St. Tudwal, is an ancient structure in good repair, pleasantly situated on the margin of the haven, in the southern part of the parish. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. Some remains of two ancient British encampments, comprising each an area of about one acre, are visible: one is situated at the north-eastern extremity of the parish, nearly opposite the village of Rhôsmarket and the other at its south-western extremity, on a point on the shore of Milford Haven. . . " [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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104234
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850854
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099642

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

  • Llanstadwell Parish Church Joseph Tombs, Minister, Hill St, Haverford West
  • Wesleyan chapel, Waterston village Erected in 1836 "I beg to observe that this Chapel is not attended Regularly by any Minister......" John Lewis, Registrar
  • Honeyborough Baptist Erected in 1840 Thomas Thomas, Minister, Bullford Cottage, Johnstone Post Office
  • Hebron Baptist Erected in 1850 John Edwards, Manager, Leading Man of Shipwrights
  • Wesleyan WM Erected in 1850 Thomas Evans, Steward, Joiner, Neyland

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

  • St Tudwall & St Clement's
  • Incumbent and Curates; R R Thomas (H J M Lewis)
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 3,308; Population 3,774

    Hephzibah English Baptist Chapel, Honeyborough on the People's Collection Wales site

    English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Waterston on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1714-1948), Marriages (1714-1892), Burials (1714-1941) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1800-3, 1805-7, 1809-13, 1818, 1820-57, 1860-1, 1866-7) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105182.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Held at Pembrokeshire Archives 

    • Llanstadwell Parochial Church Council minute books 1920-1946
    • Llanstadwell Vestry minutes 1821-1974
    • Llanstadwell & Neyland church plans, photos; Mathias Foundation minute books and other papers 1914-1985

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Hephzibah Baptist chapel, in Little Honeyborough [Baptists, 1840] On Dyfed FHS
    • Bethesda Baptist chapel, High St / Frederick St, Neyland SM96380534 Built 1851, modified, altered and rebuilt 1863 and 1903. Still open 1998 Coflein On Dyfed FHS
    • Zion, in Neyland [Calvinistic Methodists, 1861]. Records ; an account book, 1856-66, kept by Moses Williams, minister here from 1862-74, contains personal and chapel accounts, plus texts and dates of sermons, at NLW Ms 5576D. On Dyfed FHS Zion CM chapel, High St, Neyland - still open in 2006
    • Neyland, in Neyland [Wesleyan Methodists, 1850]. Records ; Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuits; baptismal registers 1842-1934 ; circuit schedule and plans, quarterly minutes, accounts 1889-1980, at Pem RO [DFC/M/9] On Dyfed FHS
    • Waterson, in Waterson [Wesleyan Methodists, 1836]. Records ; Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuits; baptismal registers 1842-1934 ; circuit schedule and plans, quarterly minutes, accounts 1889-1980, at Pem RO [DFC/M/9] On Dyfed FHS

      Description & Travel

      Various landscape photographs of the area and surrounds on the People's Collection Wales site

      You can see pictures of Llanstadwell which are provided by:



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

      Transcript of complete entry in Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Wales of 1833.



      Pembrokeshire Families

      Hancock, Simon. William George Aswell, 1845-1918: a Neyland Headmaster (NLW's site) Pemb Historian VII

      Hughes, Basil. Jottings on the History of South Pembrokeshire - Llanstadwell Parish pre 1900 . ISBN 1 898687 03 X As well as including many names of people involved with the history of
      Llanstadwell and Neyland - this also gives information about the Newton/Craddock family of Newton Wear and Angle.

      Meyrick, Bette. Behind the Light. 1975 (Hutchinson) 215pp. illus Douglas Hall with b/w drawings. tells of the Morgans family of Neyland early decades 20th cent.



      Davies, Desmond N. The End of the Line - A History of Neyland

      Hancock, Simon. Neyland and Llanstadwell : in old postcards.Pembrokeshire County Council, 1997. [83]p

      Lowe, Vera. Hazelbeach and Llanstadwell . Dyfed Family History Journal 4 (1992), p. 137-42


      Land & Property

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

      • Newton Estate And Bowlas and Child families Archives 1475-1872 "Newton, in the parish of Llanstadwell, Pembrokeshire, was once the residence of the Craddock family; they were succeeded by the Bowlas family, from about 1554-1795. ........................."
      • Deeds and papers relating to the Estates of Thomas Henry Davis of Hayston Hall 1699-1886 "The Hayston Hall estate is in the parishes of Llandstadwell and Rosemarket, Pembrokeshire. Thomas Henry Davis purchased the Hall in 1874"


      Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

      You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM943065 (Lat/Lon: 51.719633, -4.979596), Llanstadwell which are provided by:


      Names, Geographical

      Places, villages, farms etc within Llanstadwell 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)

      • Llanstadwell (105); Hayston Hall, Jordanston, Hazelbeach, Hazel Hill Ho., Leonardston, Llanstadwell, Lower Hayston, Muscle Bridge, Newton, Newton Noyes, Neyland, Norton, Scoveston, Shipping, The Bolster, The Horse Shoe, Upper Scoveston, Waterston,Wear Point.

      Public Records

      Held at Pembrokeshire Archives

      • Llanstadwell parish/community council minute books 1894-1932

      Religion & Religious Life

      Hancock, Simon. The 1904/5 Religious Revival at Neyland (NLW's site) Pemb Historian IX