"LOVESTON, a parish in the hundred of NARBERTH, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 5 miles (S.S.W.) from Narberth, containing 180 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated in the south-eastern part of the county, and intersected by the turnpike road leading from Pembroke to Carmarthen, comprises a moderate extent of arable and pasture land, the whole of which is enclosed and cultivated. The soil is fertile and productive: the substratum of the parish is stone coal of good quality, but it is not at present worked; and only a small quantity of culm is raised, sufficient for the immediate supply of the inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of St. David's rated in the king's books at £4. 5. 5., endowed with £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Earl Cawdor. The average annual expenditure for the maintenance of the poor is £57. 11." [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

  • Loveston Parish Church James Dalton, Curate, St Issell's, Tenby

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

  • Parish Church & St Lawrence (Yerbeston)
  • Incumbent and Curates; B A Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Narberth
  • Acreage 1,249 & 1,252; Population 154

Bethel English Baptist Chapel, Loveston on the People's Collection Wales site


    Church Records

    Parish registers: Christenings (1791-1977), Marriages (1783-1957), Burials (1791-1977) at Pem.RO

    Copy ts PR/BT (1799-1836) at Pem.RO

    Bishops' Transcripts, covering the period (1799-1820, 1823-36, 1838-64, 1866-9, 1871-3, 1876, 1878, 1880, 1884-5, 1888, 1890-1, 1893-9, 1901-2, 1907-9) are at the National Library of Wales, and have been microfilmed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Call Number: 0105187.

    See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

    Nonconformist Chapels:

    • Bethel Baptist chapel, Loveston SN07730882 Present church formed 1906 having been first built 1867 and rebuilt 1901. Still open 1998 Coflein       On Dyfed FHS

    Description & Travel

    You can see pictures of Loveston which are provided by:



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



    Parish map (Kain/Oliver)

    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN078098 (Lat/Lon: 51.753465, -4.785876), Loveston which are provided by:


    Names, Geographical

    Places, villages, farms etc within Loveston 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)

    • Loveston (130); Dinaston, Loveston, Martin Hill, Moor Fm.