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St. Mary's, the parish church of Begelly - - 892056.jpg
Parish church of St Mary
Grid reference: SN118073
Location: 51°43’60"N, 4°43’36"W
Post town: Kilgetty
Postcode: SA68
Dialling code: 01834
Local Government
Council: Pembrokeshire

Begelly is a village and ancient parish in south Pembrokeshire, 4½ miles north of Tenby. The parish includes the hamlet of Thomas Chape and has a web of small settlements associated with the 19th-century anthracite mining industry. The parish, together with the parish of Reynalton and the Kilgetty part of St Issells, constitutes the civil community and ward of Kilgetty/Begelly, which had a population of 2,011 in 2001, with 11% Welsh speakers.


The placename appears to be from the Welsh language, meaning "Bugail's territory".[1]


Part of Little England beyond Wales, it has been essentially English-speaking for 900 years. The parish had an area of 2,500 acres. Its census populations were: 354 (1801): 779 (1851): 445 (1901): 346 (1951): 500 (1981).

The percentage of Welsh speakers was 3.5 (1891): 5.0 (1931): 4.5 (1971).


  1. Charles, B. G., The Placenames of Pembrokeshire, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992, ISBN 0-907158-58-7, p 472

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