New Moat


"NEW MOTE, or NEW MOAT, a parish in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 10 miles (N.E.) from Haverfordwest, containing 331 inhabitants. This place derives its name from an artificial mount, which is within a short distance of the church, and is entirely surrounded by a deep moat, which may be easily filled with water. . . The parish is pleasantly situated on a branch of the river Cleddy, and comprises a considerable portion of meadow, arable, and pasture land, which is all enclosed and in a good state of cultivation. The surrounding country is pleasingly diversified, and displays some interesting features of mountain scenery. . . The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is an ancient and venerable structure, consisting of a nave, chancel, and one aisle, with a square embattled tower at the west end: the chancel appears to have been very richly embellished at no very distant period, but has of late been very much neglected; it contains several handsome monuments to the Scourfield family, of which some are of great antiquity. . ." [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 - 0104230
  • 1861 Census - 0543241
  • 1871 Census - 0850850
  • 1881 Census - 1342301
  • 1891 Census - 6099632

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

  • New Moat Parish Church Thomas Thomas, Rector, Clabeston, Haverfordwest

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

  • Parish Church & St Martin of Tours (Clarbeston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J O Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 3,123 & 1,658 ; Population 220 & 130

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1755-1990), Marriages (1754-1969), Burials (1755-1993) at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1800, 1803, 1805, 1809-21, 1823-31, 1833-70, 1878-81, 1884) 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

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description & Travel

    Various landscape photographs of the area and surrounds on the People's Collection Wales site

    You can see pictures of New Moat which are provided by:



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

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



    Williams, Derek F. An examination of the Scourfield pedigree (NLW's site) Pemb Historian VI - plus addendum in VII

    Land & Property

    Held at the NLW ;

    • Records [deposited by R K Lucas], mainly C17th-C20th from the office of Messrs John Harvey & Sons, later Messrs James Thomas & Sons, land estate agents, Haverfordwest...................; of the Scourfield family of New Moat and Williamston.............

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

    • Records of the Mote Estate and the Williamston Estate involving the Scourfield family and the Saunders-Davies family of Pentre 1772-1958 "The Scourfield family had lived at the Mote, New Moat, Pembrokeshire, from the time of Edward I, until William Henry Scourfield moved to Robeston Hall in 1780. ................. "


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN068241 (Lat/Lon: 51.881834, -4.808622), New Moat which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within New Moat 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)

    • New Moat (47); Clover Hill, Clynceminges, Ffynnon-gain, Forehill, Forlan Fach, Forlan Moat, New Mill, New Moat, Park East, Parkstone, Pen-lan, The Grand, The Mote, Wood Park.

    Social Life & Customs

    Jones, Christine. Variation in the nasal mutation in the dialect of New Moat, Pembrokeshire. Cardiff Working Papers in Welsh Linguistics 7 (1992), p. 15-27