"LOVESTON, a parish in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.S.W.) from Narberth, containing 180 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated in the south-eastern part of the county, and intersected by the turnpike road leading from Pembroke to Carmarthen, comprises a moderate extent of arable and pasture land, the whole of which is enclosed and cultivated. The soil is fertile and productive: the substratum of the parish is stone coal of good quality, but it is not at present worked; and only a small quantity of culm is raised, sufficient for the immediate supply of the inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's rated in the king's books at £4. 5. 5., endowed with £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Earl Cawdor. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £57. 11." [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

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

  • Loveston Parish Church James Dalton, Curate, St Issell's, Tenby

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

  • Parish Church & St Lawrence (Yerbeston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; B A Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Narberth
  • Acreage 1,249 & 1,252; Population 154

Bethel English Baptist Chapel, Loveston on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1791-1977), Marriages (1783-1957), Burials (1791-1977) at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR/BT (1799-1836) at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1820, 1823-36, 1838-64, 1866-9, 1871-3, 1876, 1878, 1880, 1884-5, 1888, 1890-1, 1893-9, 1901-2, 1907-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105187.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Bethel Baptist chapel, Loveston SN07730882 Present church formed 1906 having been first built 1867 and rebuilt 1901. Still open 1998 Coflein       On Dyfed FHS

    Description & Travel

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


    Historical Geography

    You can see the administrative areas in which Loveston 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 SN078098 (Lat/Lon: 51.753465, -4.785876), Loveston which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Loveston 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)

    • Loveston (130); Dinaston, Loveston, Martin Hill, Moor Fm.