"HODGESTON, a parish in the hundred of CASTLE-MARTIN, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 3 miles (E.S.E.) from Pembroke, on the road to Tenby, containing 72 inhabitants. This parish is by some writers supposed to have been the site of an ancient religious establishment, of the existence of which, however, there are not the slightest traces, nor has it even a traditionary history. The supposition rests chiefly, if not entirely, upon the evidence of an ancient deed still extant, in which John Stackpool styles himself "Capel-anus," and dates it from "Oggeston;" but there is every probability that the writer was chaplain of the Episcopal palace at Lamphey, about half a mile distant, and held the rectory of this parish at the same time. The church is a neat edifice, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St.David's, rated in the king's books at £7. 13. 4., and in the patronage of Sir John Owen Bart., for two turns, and Pryse Pryse, Esq., for one. The church is a neat edifice, in the early style of English architecture, with a lofty square embattled tower. Dr. Thomas Young, formerly Bishop of St. David's, and afterwards Archbishop of York, was a native of this parish. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor amounts to £57.14." [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 - 0104233
  • 1861 Census - 0543242
  • 1871 Census - 0850852
  • 1881 Census - 1342303
  • 1891 Census - 6099637

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

  • Hodgeston Parish Church " .... I was only inducted on the 26 of February last" Henry Hughes, Minister

Parish entry for Lamphey and Hodgeston from the Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St Tyfel & Hodgeston Parish Church
  • Incumbent and Curates; W J Evans
  • Rural Deanery of Castlemartin
  • Acreage 1.985 & 375; Population 508 & 59

Hodgeston Church - on the Friends of Friendless Churches site

Hodgeston Church on the People's Collection Wales site

See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1766-1812), Marriages (1755-1801, 1814-1961) Banns (1755-1848), Burials (1766-1812) at Pem.RO

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

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1686, 1799-1807, 1809-67, 1869-79, 1889-93, 1895) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105145.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels: None found


    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Hodgeston which are provided by:



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



    There are historical snippets about this parish on Not everyone knows this..

    Three Pembrokeshire Villages - Lamphey, Hodgeston & Freshwater East . Includes a brief history section

    Hughes, Basil Jottings on the History of Pembrokshire Lamphey, Hodgeston, Freshwater East [Kindle Edition 2013]



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS033996 (Lat/Lon: 51.660441, -4.844713), Hodgeston which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Hodgeston 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)

    • Hodgeston (143); Hodgeston, Hodgeston Hill, Jason Hall