"NEVERN, a parish in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 2 miles (E.N.E.) from Newport, and 8 (S.W. by W,) from Cardigan, which is the post town, containing 1558 inhabitants. . . This parish, which is very large, extending from the sea to the foot of the Precelly mountains, is situated on the shore of Cardigan bay, in a beautifully diversified and fertile district, and comprehends some of the most picturesque and romantic scenery in the county of Pembroke, being intersected by a deep wooded dingle, through which flows the Nevern, the banks of which are occasionally formed into rocks of fantastic character, while in the lower part, near Newport bay, stands the village: the prospects from the higher grounds are also pleasing and extensive. The high road from Newport to Cardigan passes near it, and by far the greater portion of the parish is enclosed and cultivated. . . The church is said to have been originally founded in the sixth century, by St. Brynach, or Byrnach, to whom it is dedicated, and rebuilt by some of the Norman lords of Kemmes: the present is an ancient and venerable structure, in the Norman style of architecture. . . In the hamlet of Kîlgwin[Cilgwyn], in this parish, there is a chapel of case, dedicated to St. Mary. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Calvinistic Methodists. . . " [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 - 0104239
- 1861 Census - 0543246
- 1871 Census - 0850859
- 1881 Census - 1342307
- 1891 Census - 6099652
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
Parish entry for Nevern with Cilgwyn and Bayvil from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
See John Ball's site Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection for a photograph/data re St Brynach's Church
Church/chapel photographs on the People's Collection Wales site
- Caersalem Baptist Chapel, Nevern
- Penuel Welsh Baptist Chapel, Cemaes
- St Brynach Church
The Church of St. Brynach, Nevern, Pembrokeshire. Edition 3rd rev ed.Church of St. Brynach, 1960,1985 (printing) 16p
Morris, David, of Nevern. Where the cuckoo sings his song : [St. Brynach's Church, Nevern] . Country Quest 27/12 (1987), p. 22-3
Rees, Benjamin. Hanes Eglwysi Bedyddwyr yn Blaenywaun, Gerazim, Penuel Cemmaes a Tabernacl [A History of the Baptist Churches at Blaenywaun, Gerazim, Penuel Cemmaes and the Tabernacle]. W Williams,1899
The earliest PR (1663-1710) is an early 19th century copy
Parish register: Christenings (1663-1992), Marriages (1663-1986), Burials (1663-1993) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO
Copy ms PR (1663-1812) and ts PR [extracts] (1663-1850) at NLW
Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1634, 1674-6, 1678-80, 1682-7, 1689, 1702, 1799-1800, 1802-70, 1878-83, 1885-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105193.
See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg
Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Nevern to another place.
Held at the NLW ;
- Manuscripts of David Morgan Lewis [1851-1937], professor of physics and Congregationalist minister, incorporating small groups of the manuscripts of his father, Evan Lewis, Brynberian [1813-96], of J Lloyd James['Clwydwenfro', 1835-1919] and of other Congregational ministers.
Jones, E D George Owen Harry (c1553-1614) The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 6 1979 Welsh Journals Online
Jones, Francis Bowen of Pentre Ifan and Llwyngwair The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 6 1979 Welsh Journals Online
Jones, Francis Warren of Trewern The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 5 1974 Welsh Journals Online
Kirkwood, Bettye. Harriet Symmons (Mrs James Devonald). Dyfed FHS journal, Vol7/7 April 2002. Harriet was the daughter of Dorothy and William Symmons of Henllys, Nevern.
You can see the administrative areas in which Nevern has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Nevern Castle "...............there are other riches in West Wales most worthy of discovery. Nevern is one of these riches. A tiny village off the main A487 between Fishguard and Cardigan..........It is a charming village best known for its impressive church as well as its location......A fine motte and bailey castle may be located by climbing the short but winding road ."
Hughes, Wendy. Nevern . Country Quest (May 1996), p. 52
Jenkins, D. Islwyn. While the river Nevern flows : how Welsh charity came home. [William Rogers] Country Quest 30/5 (1989), p. 16-17
Lewis, E.T. North of the hills; a history of the parishes of Eglwyswen, Eglwyswrw, Llanfair Nantgwyn, Meline, Nevern. (1973) 309 p.
Miles, Dillwyn . A Book on Nevern .1998 Gomer Press. Listed on Gomer's 2002 Catalogue (1 85902 578 1);- "An accessible history of Nevern....from neolithic times to the present..................describes...........and those figures who left their name and mark upon this ancient settlement."
Miles, Dillwyn. Llwyngwair. Gwasg Dinefr Press 2002 . About Llwyngwair and the Bowen family who lived there for five hundred years when Sir George Bowen died in 1940.
Mytum, H. C. (Harold C.). Survey and excavation at Berry Hill Camp, Nevern, Dyfed .Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 40 (1993), p. 198-211
Turvey, R. K. (Roger Kenneth) . Nevern Castle : a new interpretation. The Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society, No.3 1989 Welsh Journals Online
Nash, Gerallt D Pentre Ifan barn: the remains of a Tudor gentry house? The Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society, No.3 1989 Welsh Journals Online
Parish map (Kain/Oliver)
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN091370 (Lat/Lon: 51.998873, -4.781971), Nevern which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- OpenStreetMap Cymru (Welsh counties only)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Places, villages, farms etc within Nevern 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 Tony Morris)
- Nevern (22); Afon Cwmau; Afon Pennant; AVON NEVERN; Banc Du; Berry Hill; Blaen-meini; Bryn-berian; Careg y Drowy; Carnau Lladron; Carnedd Meibion-Owen; Castell-y-garn; Cerig Llandron; Cesig-duon; Coed-wynog; Cwm cenau; Dolau-bach; Eisteddfa; Fachongle; Ffos Dyrysienog; Ffos-felen; Ffynon Fyfan; Ffynon-y-ci; Foel Eryn; Foel fach; Foel Feddau; Foel Goch; Fron-goch; Gelli; Gelli fawr; Gernos; Glan dwr; Glastir; Godir-y-Rwch; Hagr-y-Coed; Llwyn-goras; Llwyni-hirion; Llystin; Morfa; Mynidd-du Commin; Nevern; Pen y Bal; Pen-lan-wynt; Pen-trisil; Pen-wern; Pen-yr-allt ddu; Pennant; Pentre Evan; Pwll Coch; Rhos farket; Rhos y Bryn; Rhwng-y-Ddwyffordd; Sychpant; Tavarn-y-bwych; Temple Bar; The Bennett; Tre-bwlch; Tre-dyrysi; Tre-fach; Tre-fach; Tre-gamman; Tre-llyffaint; Tre-Wrdan; Trewern; Trinant; Trwyn y Bwa; Ty-canol; Ty-gwyn; Ty-newydd; Ty-rhos; Tyr-dwr; Waun Maes; Waun Mawn; Ysgulor-wen
- 22A (Unidentified on the map); Bronydd; Castell Henllys; Crugtau-cemmaes; Cwm Gloyne?; Cwn-eog; Glan Duad fawr; Glan-rhyd; Henllys; Rhos-fawr; Tre-wenfron;