Stackpole Elidor


"STACKPOOL-ELIDUR, a parish in the hundred of CASTLEMARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 1/2 miles (S.) from Pembroke, containing 348 inhabitants. The name of this place is derived from the Stack rock at the mouth of the Broad Haven, at the head of which it is situated, in the Bristol channel; and its adjunct from St. Elidur, to whom the original foundation of its church is attributed. The parish comprises an extensive tract of good arable and pasture land, in a high state of cultivation; and the scenery, enriched with the beautiful grounds and extensive plantations surrounding the mansion of Stackpool Court, is finely diversified and strikingly picturesque. . . The church, dedicated to St. Elidur, or, according to some authorities, to St. James, is an ancient structure, containing several monuments to different members of the family of Stackpool Court. . . A school, for the gratuitous instruction of all the poor children of this and the adjoining parishes of St. Petrox and Bosheston, is supported by Earl Cawdor. . . " [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

  • Stackpole Elidor Parish Church F Geo Leach, Rector

Parish entry for St Petrox with Stackpole Elidor (otherwise Cheriton) from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Pedrog & SS James and Elidyr (Stackpole Elidor)
  • Incumbent and Curates; E T Roderick
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 1,000 & 2,988 ; Population 318 (St Pedrog)

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph

    Davies, D. B. G. A brief history and description of the Parish Church of St. James and St. Elidyr, Stackpole Elidor [S.l.] : [s.n.], 1978. 10cm ; 26cm

    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1724-1930), Marriages (1724-1968), Burials (1724-1992) at NLW

    Mf copies C (1724-1812), M (1724-1837) B (1724-1983) at Pem.RO

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

    Copy ts PR CMB (1724-1991) arranged alphabetically at NLW and Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1685-6, 1799-1802, 1804-37, 1839-43, 1845-74, 1878-96) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105210.

    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 Stackpole Elidor which are provided by:



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

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


    Land & Property

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

    • Lort muniments [13th century]-1754 "The earliest known owner of the Stackpole Court estate was Sir Leonard de Stackpole, a crusader. The estate passed into the hands of the Vernon family of Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, who left the family steward, George Lort, who came from Staffordshire, in charge of the Stackpole estate. He purchased the estate in the mid-16th century......"


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SR996966 (Lat/Lon: 51.632237, -4.896984), Stackpole Elidor which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Stackpole Elidor 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 John Richards)

    • Stackpole (161); Barafundle Bay, Bottoms, Greenala Point, Marledge, Mowingword, Rowston, Saddle Point, Stackpole Court, Stackpole Elidor, Stackpole Head, Stackpole Warren, The Downs, Trewent