"NEWPORT, a sea-port, market town, and parish, in the hundred of KEMMES, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 19 1/2 miles (N.E. by N.) from Haverfordwest, and 242 (W. by N.) from London, containing 1798 inhabitants. . . It stands on the high road from Cardigan to Fishguard, and is pleasantly situated at the mouth of the river Nevern . . . it consists of numerous small streets irregularly formed, neither lighted nor paved, but naturally well supplied with excellent water. The houses, with some few exceptions, are indifferently built, but, from intermixture of numerous trees with the buildings, the town has, at a small distance, a pleasingly rural appearance; and the surrounding scenery, in which its venerable church and the picturesque remains of its ancient castle form prominent and interesting features, renders the distant view of it strikingly beautiful. The trade principally carried on is the working of some extensive quarries of slate, with which the neighbouring coast abounds, and of which great quantities are shipped to various places . . . The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient and venerable cruciform structure, partly in the early style of English architecture, with a square tower at the west end . . . There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Calvinistic Methodists. A school conducted on the National system is supported here on the foundation of the late Mrs. Bevan, for the gratuitous instruction of poor children . . ." [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 - 0543245
- 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 from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).
'Independent Chapel, Newport, Pembrokeshire', lithograph, 18th century - on the People's Collection Wales site
Ladd-Lewis, H. and Daniels, A. Braslun o hanes Eglwys y Bedyddwyr Bethlehem Trefdraeth 1795-1995, Trefdraeth, Eglwys y Bedyddwyr, Bethlehem, Newport (1995) 16 p
PR CMB (1741-62) recorded in 1831 apparently lost
Parish registers: Christenings (1765-71, 1799-1800, 1807-71), Marriages (1765-1940) Banns (1824-1962), Burials (1765-71, 1799-1800, 1805-1930) at Pem.RO
Copy ms/ts PR C (1765-1812) M (1778-1895) B (1766-1847) at NLW
Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1674-6, 1680-2, 1684-9, 1699, 1702-3, 1800, 1806-73, 1875) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105194.
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.
Newport - on Wikipedia
Browne, David M. Newport Castle (Pembrokeshire) : an architectural study / Aberystwyth : Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, 1992. 32p
Miles, Dillwyn. Newport in Pembrokeshire. Official Guide.
Taylor, Robert. GRONO of Newport. Dyfed FHS journal. Vol 6/26.This relates the life of John Grono (1766-1847) as a boatswain in the Royal Navy and then settling in New South Wales as a shipbuilder.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Newport to another place.
Held at the NLW ;
- Records of the family of Havard of Newport and Milford, co Pembroke, 1760-1914, including records of ship-building and shipping
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- Dillwyn Miles Papers 1880-2000 "Dillwyn Miles (b. 1916) was born in Newport, Pembrokeshire. After military service, he became involved in local government, and became a county, district and parish councillor. He served as mayor of Newport on four occasions, and mayor, and later sheriff, of the Town and County of Haverfordwest. He was a member of the Board of the Gorsedd of Bards for fifty years, Great Swordbearer, and then Herald Bard from 1966 to 1996.............."
- Havard family, papers 1760-1914 "The Havard family came from Milford and Newport, Pembrokeshire. Dr David Havard of Newport was the District Medical Officer of the Cardigan Poor Law Union, and Levi Havard of Milford was a shipbuilder.."
You can see the administrative areas in which Newport has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Newport War Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site
Newport Castle - on Castle Wales "....but twice in the 13th century the castle at Newport was destroyed by the Welsh. The present castle was probably built after these destructions.........."
Aerial photograph of Castell Henllys Iron Age hillfort, Newport, 1999 - on the People's Collection Wales site
Charles, B G. The Records of the Borough of Newport in Pembrokeshire. National Library of Wales journal, Vol VII/1, Summer 1951
Fenna, John. Time immemorial : ever since history began, man has been living in Newport [Dyfed] .Camping and Walking 32/2 (1992), p. 32-3
Jones, Evan. A historical sketch of Newport, Pembrokeshire : including the church, castle, town and corporation, antiquities, &c. Solva : Printed by M. W. Williams, 1890. 80p
Lewis, Martin. Newport Pem and Fishguard .Chalford ,1996. 128p The archive photographs series
Miles, Dillwyn. The Ancient Borough of Newport in Pembrokeshire.
Wallace-Hadrill, F. G. The Parish of St. Mary, Newport, Pembrokeshire.St. Mary, Newport, 1989. 28p
Parish map (Kain/Oliver)
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN052373 (Lat/Lon: 51.999858, -4.839692), Newport 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.)
WW1 Roll of Honour in Bethlehem chapel, Newport, Pembrokeshire - on the People's Collection Wales site
Places, villages, farms etc within Newport 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 Tony Morris)
- Newport (23); Aber Fforest; Aber Rhigian; Brithdu-mawr; Carn Edward; Carn-ingli Common; Carnedd Fychan; Castle Hill; Cat Rock; Cerig; Dol-rhangol; Gweunydd; Holm House; Llanerch; Mynydd Caregog; Mynydd Carn-ingli; New England; Newport; Newport Sands; Parc Mawr; Pen-rhiw; Pen-rhiw fach; Tre-cad-Ifor; Ty-canol; Waun; Waun-oerfa
Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;
- HM Coastguard Records Include "......... records of Newport Coastguard Station, Pembrokeshire, 1876-1929........... "
Madam Bevan's School, Newport, c 1885 - on the People's Collection Wales site
John, Brian. Beneath the mountain : tales and traditions of Newport and Nevern Newport,Greencroft Books, c1998. 48 p
John, Brian. The Angel Mountain Saga are all concerned with Newport and the surrounding area. There are 8 volumes so far: "On Angel Mountain", "House of Angels", "Dark Angel", "Rebecca and the Angels", "Flying with Angels","Guardian Angel","Sacrifice" and "Conspiracy of Angels". There is also a companion volume called "Martha Morgan's Little World" which has a lot about folk tales, social customs, economic circumstances of the day, etc etc. The stories are set in the period 1796-1855, which was a fascinating period in local history, covering both the French Invasion and the Rebecca Riots. The books are novels, but the author says he has tried to give them a strong "sense of place", and they are full of insights into the social history of the time.