East Williamston


"WILLIAMSTON, a chapelry in the parish of BEGELLY, hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 4 miles (N.W.) from Tenby, containing 470 inhabitants. It is situated on the high road between Pembroke and Carmarthen. Coal is obtained here. The chapel is a rude edifice without tower or spire. This place is separately assessed for the support of its poor, the average annual expenditure amounting to £50. 19." [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 - 0464344
  • 1851 Census - 0104232
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850852
  • 1881 Census - 1342302
  • 1891 Census - 6099636

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

  • East Williamston Chapel of Ease to Begelly              "..... The Chapel is a miserable place"        Richard Burthby, Rector, Begelly Rectory
  • Moreton    WM            Erected in 1850                  Benjamin Owens, Superintendant

Parish entry for Begelly with East Williamston and Coedcenlas from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Parish Church & Chapel of Ease (East Williamston) & (Church in ruins, Caedcenlas)
  • Incumbent and Curates; H Phillips
  • Rural Deanery of Narberth
  • Acreage 2,533 & 1,454; Population 828 & 87

    Church Records

    PR; See Begelly parish

    Bishops Transcripts for this parish have the LDS Call Number: 0105128. See Begelly parish

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • See Begelly parish

    Description & Travel

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



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


    Land & Property

    Held at the NLW ;

    • Records [deposited by R K Lucas], mainly C17th-C20th from the office of Messrs John Harvey & Sons, later Messrs James Thomas & Sons, land estate agents, Haverfordwest...................; of the Scourfield family of New Moat and Williamston.............


    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN107051 (Lat/Lon: 51.712562, -4.741673), East Williamston which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Williamston East chapelry 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)

    • East Williamston (127); Broadmoor, Bush, Cold Inn, East Williamston, Masterland, North Vatson Fm., Prouts Park Fm., Templebar, Watershill, Wooden.