"MANERDIVY (MAENOR-DEIVI), a parish in the hundred of KÎLGERRAN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (W.N.W.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 850 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated on the river Teivy, at the north-eastern extremity of the county, bordering upon Cardiganshire, and is intersected by the turnpike road leading from Newcastle-Emlyn to Cardigan. It comprises a considerable tract of arable and pasture land, which is enclosed and in a good state of cultivation: the surface is finely undulated, and the surrounding scenery, which is enriched with thriving plantations, and enlivened by the course of the river, is generally pleasing and in many parts picturesque. . . Some tinworks were formerly established here, from which a canal communicated with the Teivy below Llêchrhyd bridge, to which place that river is navigable for small craft. . . The church, dedicated to St. David, is a small neat edifice, situated near the river, but not remarkable for any architectural features. There was formerly a chapel of ease at Cîlvawr, in this parish; but it has been in ruins for many years. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]



Monumental Inscriptions for this parish are available from the Dyfed Family History Society.



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 - 0104240
  • 1861 Census - 0543246
  • 1871 Census - 0850860
  • 1881 Census - 1342307
  • 1891 Census - 6099655

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

  • Manordivy Parish Church "Remarks: a greater fallacy can barely be entertained than for anyone to suppose that they will receive accurate information upon these subjects from the several returns made under these enquiries" W Lloyd, Rector
  • Cilfowyr Baptist Erected in 1716 Rees Price, Baptist Minister
  • New Chapel CM Erected in 1763 Stephen Hughes, One of the members, Whitegate
  • Ramoth Baptist Erected in 1827 Rees Price, Baptist Minister, Cilyfowyr

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

  • St David & Old parish Church & Abercych Mission Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; L H Williams
  • Rural Deanery of Emlyn
  • Acreage 4,443; Population 640

Manordeifi Old Church - on the Friends of Friendless Churches site

Church/chapel photographs on the People's Collection Wales site

  • Eglwys S. Llawddog, Manordeifi
  • Capel Newydd Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Boncath
  • Cilfowyr Welsh Baptist Chapel
  • Ramoth Welsh Baptist Chapel, Abercych

A brief historical and general account of Manordeifi Old Church and parish. Manordeifi : [Manordeifi Church?], [196-?] [14]p

Baker-Jones, D L The Pentre Memorial Chapel The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 7 1981 Welsh Journals Online


Church Records

Parish register: Christenings (1724-70, 1780-1992), marriages (1724-1970), Burials (1724-70, 1780-1974) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

Copy ts PR/BT M pre 1813 with index at NLW and Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1678-9, 1681-2, 1684, 1686-9, 1702-3, 1705, 1799-1856, 1859-75) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105188.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels:

  • Cilfowyr, in Cilfowyr [Baptists, 1716]. Records ; 1. Church book of Cilfowyr containing baptisms, 1689-1797, 1806, 1817-54, lists of accounts, restorations, 1707-97, 1818-54, excommunications 1707-97, 1817-54, deaths, 1775-97, 1817-54 plus many other records, at NLW Ms 1110B 2. Account books, 1876-80, at NLW Ms 15848 On Dyfed FHS
  • Ramoth, Main St, Aberych [Baptists, 1827]. Records ; 1. See Cilfowyr/Manordeifi 2.Photocopy of register pertaining to this church plus material copied from an older register, at NLW. 3. Collection books [towards rebuilding the church] and accounts, 1869-71, at NLW Ms 15851 On Dyfed FHS
  • New Chapel [Capel Newydd], in Capel Newydd [Calvinistic Methodists, 1763]. Records ; 1. Births and bapts, 1810-37, in connection with Pontgareg Chapel/Cenarth parish, CMN, at PRO RG4/3540, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 828111, IGI. 2. Register of members and contributions, 1848-74, at NLW CMA 12980-86. 3. Also account books, 1848-74, at NLW CMA 12982-3. On Dyfed FHS Capel Newydd (New Chapel) CM chapel - still open in 2006

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Manordeifi which are provided by:



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

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


Land & Property

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds relating to Manordefi, co Pembroke, and neighbouring parishes, 1553-C20th.

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

  • Ffynone Estate Records "Ffynone estate was purchased by the Colby family in 1752....." "Records of the Ffynone estate, Manordeifi and Rhosygwilen estate, in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire, comprising deeds, probate records, settlements, etc., 1441-1915;...................."
  • Papers of the Saunders-Davies family of Pentre 1584-1926 "The Pentre estate in Boncath, Manordeifi, Pembrokeshire, came into the possession of the Saunders-Davies family when David Davies (d. 1829) of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, married Susannah, second and only surviving daughter of Erasmus Saunders of Pentre................."


Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN231408 (Lat/Lon: 52.03728, -4.580269), Manordeifi which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Manordeifi 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 Howard Thomas)

  • Manordeifi (9); Aber-cych, Careg-wen, Castle Malgwyn Farm, Cilast-isaf, Cilast-uchaf, Cilfowyr, Cil-gwyn, Cilwen-deg Park, Clyn-fiw?, Ffos-y-ficar, Ffynnonau, Gelli-deg, Kil-rhue fach, Manordeifi, Newchapel, Parc-y-neithw, Pen-rhiw, Pentre, Pen-yr-allt-wen, Plas-y-berllan, Pont-rhyd-y-ceirt, Vaynor