"MORVIL, a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (S.E.) from Fishguard, containing 201 inhabitants. This place is distinguished in the historical annals of the principality for the gallant resistance opposed by the Welsh to the encroachments of a party of Norman invaders, who in the latter part of the eleventh century, under the sanction of the reigning monarch, landed on the coast of Pembroke, with a view to establish themselves in such territories as they could obtain by conquest in this part of the principality. The parish is situated in the northern portion of the county, near the western declivity of the Precelly mountain, and is bounded on the south by a rivulet, which, flowing westward, falls into the river Cleddy. The surrounding scenery is not distinguished by any peculiarity of features from that which prevails generally in this part of the principality; but the views, though not extensive, are interesting from the majestic appearance of the mountains by which the parish is nearly surrounded. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £2, endowed with £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Sir R.B.P. Philipps, Bart. The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £49. 9." [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 - 0464343
  • 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

  • Morvil Parish Church "The Parish has been much neglected and the Church is not yet in proper repair" Llewelyn Lloyd Thomas, Rector, Newport Rectory, Haverfordwest

Parish entry for Morvil with Pontfaen and Llanychllwydog from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St John Baptist & Parish Church (Pontfaen) & St Benno (Llanychllwydog)
  • Incumbent and Curates; M H Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Fishguard
  • Acreage 2,603 & 686 & 2,315; Population 101 & 49 & ---

Church Records

Civil register (1653-8) at Cardiff Central Library with Mf copy at NLW

Diocesan records suggest that c1790 this parish had a register 'begun in the year 1789' . PR B (1813-1918) recorded in 1933 apparently lost

Parish register: Christenings(1813-1965), Marriages (1814-1953) , Burials (1813-1968) at Pem.RO

Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674, 1676, 1678-88, 1699, 1804-11, 1813-16, 1819-20, 1823-37, 1839-40) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105191.

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

Nonconformist Chapels: None found


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Morfil which are provided by:



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



Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN045316 (Lat/Lon: 51.948759, -4.846216), Morfil which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Places, villages, farms etc within Morfil 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 Peter D Hall)

  • Morvil [40]; Banc du, Bungalow, Fagwyr-goch-fach, Greenway, Lodor, March-pres, Morvil, Mynydd Morvil, Mynydd Tre-newydd, Pen y mynydd mawr, Ty'r-pant, Waun Welw