"ISSEL'S, ST., (ST. ISSELL'S), * a parish in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (N.) from Tenby, containing 1226 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated at the western extremity of Carmarthen bay, has its surface singularly diversified with abrupt and precipitous eminences and deep dingles, which, being richly wooded, form a striking contrast to the dingy and sterile appearance occasioned by the coal mines in the immediate vicinity. . . Iron-ore is also found in connexion with the strata of coal, and was formerly wrought to a considerable extent by the Pembrey Iron Company . . . The sands on this part of the coast are extremely favourable for sea-bathing, and a few families, who prefer retirement and tranquillity, resort hither during the summer season, prefering the humbler, but more peaceable, accommodations which the inns of this place afford, to the gaieties of Tenby. . . The church is romantically situated in one of the richly wooded dells with which the parish abounds, and is a neat structure in the early style of English architecture, with a square embattled tower. . . The free school was founded by John Jones, Esq., who, in 1757, bequeathed £300 in trust for the gratuitous instruction of an equal number of children of both sexes, in reading and writing . . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).] * See also below under Description and Travel
*What is the Welsh name for St Issells? (the NLW publications PRW and NRW disagree).
"It appears that 'Parish Registers of Wales' has followed the form found in Elwyn Davies, 'Rhestr o Enwau Lleoedd/A Gazetteer of Welsh Place-names (Caerdydd, 1967). The database 'Capeli Cymru' on which 'Nonconformist Registers of Wales' is based has obviously used Melville Richards, 'Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units' (Cardiff, 1969).In an annotated copy of Dr Elwyn Davies's work kept here among his papers, the form Llanusullt (St Issels) is found for the parish and church at map reference 22/1305 and the source E. Llwyd Williams, 'Crwydro Sir Benfro' is quoted. Dr Davies has St Issels, gw. Llanusullt and St Issells gw. Saint Ishel." (NLW, Feb 2002)