"MANEROWEN, otherwise MANERAWEN (MAENOR-OWAIN), a parish in the hundred of DEWISLAND, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 miles (W.S.W.) from Fishguard, containing 220 inhabitants. This parish, which is but of very limited extent, is situated in the northern part of the county, and is intersected by the road leading from Fishguard to St.David's, and watered by a small rivulet which runs into Fishguard bay. The lands, with the exception of a small common, are in a good state of cultivation; and the soil, which is peculiarly favourable to the growth of barley, is in general fertile and productive. The surface is varied; and the surrounding scenery, though not distinguished by any striking features, is of a pleasing character. . . Slate of very good quality has been found in the parish, but the working of it has been discontinued: a small carding-mill, which is still in operation, affords employment to a few of the inhabitants. . . The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is not remarkable for any architectural details of importance. . . " [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 - 0104238
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099651

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

  • Manorwen Parish Church A H Richardson, Minister

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

  • St Gwyndaf & St Peter's (Goodwick) & St Mary (Manorowen)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J Jones (J G Davies)
  • Rural Deanery of Fishguard
  • Acreage 5,828 & --- & 1,278; Population 2,752 & --- & 194

    The church, Manorowen on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    PR C (1783-1812) M (1786-96) B (1785-1800) recorded in 1831 apparently lost

    Parish register: Christenings (1813-1993), Marriages (1779-85, 1797-1970) Banns (1797-1818, 1927-67), Burials (1813-1993) at Pem.RO

    Copy ms PR M (1779-1814) Banns (1797-1818) and ts PR [extracts] C (1817-1903) M (1779-1801) B (1813-1906) at NLW

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1800, 1802-4, 1806-48, 1865, 1868, 1870-81, 1883-4, 1887) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105104.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Capel Sion Baptist, Scleddau  On Dyfed FHS (under Llanstinan)

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Manorowen which are provided by:



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

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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM935349 (Lat/Lon: 51.973906, -5.007577), Manorowen which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Manorowen 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 Rosemary St.Leger-May)