Walton East


"WALTON (EAST), a parish in the hundred of DUNGLEDDY, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 7 miles (N.N.E.) from Haverfordwest, containing 229 inhabitants. This parish formerly constituted a part of the ample possessions of the commandery of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem at Slebech, to which establishment it was given by its Norman proprietor, Walter de Wale, from whom it derived its name Wale's town, or Walton. The scenery, though by no means rich, is less dreary than in some other parts of the county; and Penty Park, formerly the residence, of a branch of the family of Philipps, of Picton Castle, with its grounds, forms a pleasing and ornamental feature in the landscape. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, endowed with £600 royal bounty, and £200 parliamentary grant, and in the alternate patronage of Earl Cawdor and the parishioners, the latter having the next presentation. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a very small rude edifice, consisting only of a nave, without either tower or spire. The sum of £5 per annum, subsequently duced to £3, and now discontinued, was left by the late Mr. Philipps, of Tenby, chargeable on his estate of Penty Park, for the instruction of seven poor children of this parish. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £91. 17." [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 - 0104238
  • 1861 Census - 0543245
  • 1871 Census - 0850858
  • 1881 Census - 1342306
  • 1891 Census - 6099651

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

  • Walton East Parish Church James Thomas, Incumbent

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

  • St Meilir & St Mary (Walton East)
  • Incumbent and Curates; J J Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Dungleddy
  • Acreage 1,495 & 2,076 ; Population 113 & 148

    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1721-1974), Marriages (1721-1971), Burials (1721-1974) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO.

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1807, 1809-44, 1846, 1848-52, 1854-5, 1857-69, 1871, 1875) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105214.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Walton East, Clarbeston Road, CM chapel - still open in 2006 SN01982353 Built 1878 Coflein      On Dyfed FHS

    Description & Travel

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

    You can see pictures of Walton East which are provided by:



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


    Land & Property

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

    • Cawdor estate papers Including "............the Manor of Walton East, 1793-1920............"


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN025234 (Lat/Lon: 51.874078, -4.870849), Walton East which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Walton East 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)

    • Walton East (52); The West, Penty Park, Walton East.