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Walwyn's Castle

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"WALWYN'S CASTLE, a parish in the hundred of RHÔS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.W. by W.) from Haverfordwest, containing 311 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on St. Bride's bay, is called by the Welsh Castell Gwalchmai, a name probably derived from the tradition that Gwalchmai, cousin of King Arthur, and a warrior of gigantic stature, having been driven from his inheritance in Galway, was wrecked off this coast, and interred here; and his remains are said to have been found in the reign of William the Conqueror. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £7. 13. 4., and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. The church, dedicated to St. James, is an ancient edifice, not re markable for any architectural details. A tumulus near it is supposed to mark the site of the ancient castle, but no particulars of its foundation or history are known: there are no vestiges of buildings of any kind, and the artificial mound may probably be only a sepulchral memorial raised over the remains of Gwalchmai, or some other chieftain. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £139." [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 - 0464345
  • 1851 Census - 0104235
  • 1861 Census - 0543243
  • 1871 Census - 0850855
  • 1881 Census - 1342304
  • 1891 Census - 6099644


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Walwyn's Castle area or see them printed on a map.


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

  • Walwyn's Castle Parish Church Robert Lang MA, Rector

Parish entry for Walwyn's Castle with Robeston West from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St James & Parish Church (Robeston West)
  • Incumbent and Curates; D H Richards
  • Rural Deanery of Roose
  • Acreage 3,297 & 1,111 ; Population 424

St Jame's Church, Walwyn's Castle on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1767-1920), Marriages (1755-1808, 1812-1962), Burials (1755-1993) at NLW with Mf copies at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1772, 1801-6, 1809-14, 1818-74) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by the LDS - Call Number: 0105215.

    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.

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description and Travel

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

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    The transcription of the section for Walwyn's Castle from The National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

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    Click here for a list of nearby places.


    Historical Geography

    You can see the administrative areas in which Walwyn's Castle has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



    Brown, J., Phillips, J.W., and Warren. F.J. The history of Haverfordwest with that of some Pembrokeshire parishes, Haverfordwest, L. Brigstocke (1914) pp.167-169.

    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Walwyn's Castle 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)

    • Walwyn's Castle (162); Colestone, Copeston, Gilton Fm., Headborough, Hook, Moor, Ratford Bridge, Redberth, Roman's Castle (Antiquity), Rosemoor, Rosepool, Solbury, Syke Fm.,The Flags.