"NICHOLAS' (ST.), otherwise MONKTON, a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, adjoining the town of Pembroke, and containing 1128 inhabitants. . . The parish, which is bounded on the north by a creek of Milford Haven, extending up to the town of Pembroke, is situated to the south-west of that borough, and comprises a considerable tract of land, which is wholly enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The soil is in general fertile, and the inhabitants, with the exception of those only of the village of Monkton, are wholly employed in agriculture. The surrounding scenery is finely diversified, and the views, extending over the sea and the adjacent country, abound with interest. . . The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, formerly the conventual church of the priory, and all that remains of that establishment, is an ancient and venerable structure, partly in the Norman, and partly in the early English, style of architecture, with a Lady chapel at the eastern end, now roofless, but having four handsome windows on the southern side, and one in the eastern end. . . " [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 - 0464346
  • 1851 Census - 0104234
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850854
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099641

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

  • Monkton or St Nicholas (Parish Church) Jos Lewis, Registrar
  • Gilead, Monkton CM Erected in 1844 John Davies, Minister, Mead Lodge Mews, Pembroke Dock
  • Ebenezer, Monktown or St Nicholas Ind Erected in 1850 "This place is in connection with the Tabernacle Pembroke, the services are conducted by the minister and the members of that place of worship" William Trewent, Deacon
  • Hundleton CM Erected in 1820 William Powell, Minister

Parish entry for Monkton (otherwise St Nicholas, Pembroke) from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Nicholas & Hundleton Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; E T M Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 4,351; 
    Bowen, David. Monkton Priory Church, Pembroke : [an account of the architectural features of the church, and an appeal for the restoration fund] . Pembroke : Harris & Co., printers, [1895] 7p

    Church Records

    CMB (1711-50) entered in PR Pembroke, St Mary

    Parish registers: Christenings (1748-1966), Marriages (1748-1970) Banns (1917-36), Burials (1748-1900) at Pem.RO

    CMB (1711-50) at NLW

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

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685, ?1774, 1799-1807, 1809-82) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105190.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Hundleton [formed out of Monkton]
    Parish registers: Christenings (1897-1935), Marriages (1954-70), Burials (1897-1959) at Pem.RO

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Gilead , in Maidenwells [Calvinistic Methodists, 1846]. On Dyfed FHS Gilead, Maiden Wells CM chapel - still open in 2006
    • Hundleton , in Hundleton [Calvinistic Methodists, 1820]. Records ; See Bethel and Wallaston SM96160072 Built 1820, modified, altered or rebuilt 1846 and 1879 Still open 1995 Coflein
    • Ebenezer [Independents, 1845]. Records ; See the Tabernacle
      Mains Sundy School, Church Terrace (Ebenezer Congregational) SM9796201376 Sunday School was built in 1850 Coflein
    • St Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Monkton On Dyfed FHS
    • Monkton Cemetery Mortuary Chapel On Dyfed FHS
    • Sunday School, Priory Terrace, Monkton SM9745601302 Coflein

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Monkton which are provided by:



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

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



    Many spoken local histories and stories - on the People's Collection Wales site (Search on Monkton)

    Pembrokeshire Families

    Griffiths, Bill. Pembrokeshire Name-changers No's 4/5. Dyfed FHS journal Vol 5/9 April 1997. The Meyrick family of the Bush Estate, Pembroke, and the Owen family of Orielton.

    Jones, Francis Owen of Orielton The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 5 1974 Welsh Journals Online

    Miles, Dillwyn. Lord of Orielton, 1781-1859 (NLW's site) Pemb Historian XIV

    Phillips, John Roland . Memoirs of the ancient family of Owen of Orielton, co : Pembroke.London : Printed at the Chiswick press, 1886. 2 p.l., 92, [4] p ;



    Many spoken local histories and stories - on the People's Collection Wales site (Search on Monkton)

    Maiden Wells War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

    There are historical snippets about this parish on Not everyone knows this..

    Hughes, Basil. Jottings and Historical Records with Index on the History of South Pembrokeshire - Monkton Parish pre 1900 . ISBN 1 898687 05 6 . Includes public and ecclesiastical records as well as information on people connected to the parish

    Hughes, Basil Jottings Pembrokeshire Monkton Hundleton & Orielton [Kindle Edition 2013]


    Land & Property

    Taxes from Pembrokeshire. A database of Land Tax Return data 1342 -1842, compiled by Owen Vaughan; the entries predominately relate to Oriel surnames and/or Monkton parish

    Sale of the Orielton Estate in 1856 "A rare insight into large parts of Milford/Hwest and Pembroke in-between the census of 1851 and 1861. When the huge Orielton estate was broken up for auction all the tenants needed to be identified together with the farms etc they rented and lived worked on. Details are given of individual Farms, Houses, Cottages, Pubs, Shops, Mills, Ferries and Collieries. Names of tenants and their successors and rents paid. Areas covered are the Parishes of Monkton, Hundelton, St Mary and St Michael Pembroke, Pwllcrochan, Rhoscrowther, Angle. Martletwy, Coedcanlas, Steynton, Langum, Puncheston, Morvil, Castlebythe, Nevern, Reynalton, Begelly, Burton, St Twynnells, Hodgeston and St Mary Haverfordwest."
    An alphabetical Index of the names of tenants can be see on the CenQuest site(not available (/18), plus details of a Cd of a digitised version of the original document

    Held at the NLW ;

    • Estate and family records of Owen of Orielton, co Pembroke........................estates mainly in cos Pembroke, Anglesey and Caernarfon, C15th -C19th. And with general reference to Owen of Orielton and Colby of Ffynone, correspondence 1679-1897 ; Pembrokeshire militia papers, 1778-1805.


    Lockley, Ronald . Orielton. 1977 (Deutsch). 332pp. maps. illus. Tunnicliffe



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SR949999 (Lat/Lon: 51.660067, -4.967365), Monkton which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Monkton 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 (151) & Gareth Hicks (152))

    • Monkton (151) - the part within Pembroke borough); Monkton, Priory (Antiquity), Turk's Castle.
    • Monkton (152); Axton Hill, Bentlass, Bowett, Brownslate, Camp, Castleton, Chapelhill, Corston, Corston Beacon, Corston Lo?, Crygmarren, Dry Burrows, Furzton, Goldborough, Hundleton, Inn, Maiden Wells, Mellaston, Mill, Moreston, Orielton, Redford, Sch, Stem Br, Tower, West Grove, Yerbeston

    Social Life & Customs

    Many spoken local histories and stories - on the People's Collection Wales site (Search on Monkton)