"RHÔSCROWTHER (RHÔS Y CRYTHOR), a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (W.) from Pembroke, containing 231 inhabitants. This place is said to have been anciently the residence of some of the Welsh princes, prior to the Norman conquest ; and there is still a place called Estington, supposed to be a corruption of "Iestyn's-ton," which was probably their abode. The parish is situated near the shores of Milford Haven and is partly bounded on the north by Nangle bay: it comprises a large tract of good arable and pasture land, which is enclosed and in excellent cultivation; and the inhabitants are chiefly employed in agriculture. The surrounding scenery is pleasingly varied, and the views over the haven and St. George's channel are interesting, and enlivened by the passing and repassing of vessels. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's, rated in the king's books at £15. 12. 11., and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church, dedicated to St.Decumanus, is a venerable structure of very great antiquity, in the early style of English architecture, but is not distinguished by any remarkable architectural details. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor amounts to £136. 7." [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 - 0464342
  • 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

  • Rhos Crowther Parish Church George Scott, Rector

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

  • St Decumanus (or Dagman) & St Mary (Pwllcrochan)
  • Incumbent and Curates; R R Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 2,390 & 1,709 ; Population 115 & 126

    Church Records

    Parish registers : Christenings (1731-1993), Marriages (1731-1970) Banns (1813-32), Burials (1731-1812, 1815-1992) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

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

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1807, 1809, 1811-93) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105202.

    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 Rhoscrowther which are provided by:



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



    Pembrokeshire Families

    Jones, Francis White of Henllan The Pembrokeshire Historian vol 5 1974 Welsh Journals Online



    Hughes, Basil. Jottings Pembrokeshire Angle,Bangeston, Eastington,Pwllcrochan and Rhoscrowther Parishes [Kindle Edition 2013]



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SM905011 (Lat/Lon: 51.669943, -5.030408), Rhoscrowther which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Rhoscrowther 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 Gareth Hicks)

    • Rhoscrowther (154); Castle, Cheveralton, Corseside, Eastington, Glebe, Hoplass, Kilpaison, Kilpaison Burrows, Neath, Newton, Rhoscrowther, Trebrowen, Upper Hentland