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St Andrew's church
Grid reference: SN1002640664
Location: 52°1’54"N, 4°46’15"W
Post town: Newport
Local Government
Council: Pembrokeshire
Preseli Pembrokeshire

Bayvil is a hamlet and ancient parish in Pembrokeshire. It is situated in the north of the county, three miles east of Newport. It is in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The parish includes most of the village of Felindre Farchog. Together with the parishes of Monington, Moylgrove and most of Nevern, it constitutes the civil community of Nevern.


The name may derive from Norman-French Beauvil, a "pleasant settlement".[1] It is in the heart of Welsh-speaking Pembrokeshire, in the Hundred of Cemais.

The parish of Bayvil had, in 1844, a population of 130 in an area of 1,350 acres. It included the more developed village of Felindre Farchog and part of the estate of Cwmgloyne, owned by the Lloyd family,[2][3] and which gave its name to the Cwmgloyne Arms in the nearby settlement of Crosswell. The estate was broken up to be sold in 1899 and part was sold for a total of £17,000.[4] In 1909 the remainder, including the Bayvil portion, 356 acres, reached a bid of £6,550 before being withdrawn. Parts of the estate were bought by tenants.[5]

Parish church

The parish church of St Andrew was built in the early 19th century and is a Grade-II* listed building, being a scarce rural example of an Anglican church of the period. It is built from rubble stone, and has a bellcote and slate roof. The font is 12th century.[6] There is a memorial to T. Lloyd dating from about 1850. Having been closed for a period, with the roof being repaired in 1905, the church was reopened for services in 1908.[7] It is now disused and looked after by the Friends of Friendless Churches.[8]


Its census populations were: 102 (1801): 124 (1851): 67 (1901): 75 (1951): 44 (1981). The percentage of Welsh speakers was 100 (1891): 96 (1931): 70 (1971).


  1. Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, p 27
  2. "GENUKI: Bayvil". Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  3. "GENUKI Parish map no.21". Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  4. "Eglwyswrw: Great property sale". The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser. 27 September 1889. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  5. "Cwmgloyne Estate under the hammer". The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser. 18 June 1909. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  6. "Friends of Friendless Churches: Bayvil". Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  7. "Bayvil: Re-opening services". The County Echo. 2 April 1908. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  8. "Church of St.andrew,4583 (N.side) Bayvil/Beifil, Nevern". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 

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