New Moat

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New Moat
Welsh: Y Mot
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St Nicholas' church
Location: 51°53’40"N, 4°48’49"W
Population: 426  (2001)
Post town: Clarbeston Road
Postcode: SA63
Dialling code: 01437
Local Government
Council: Pembrokeshire
Preseli Pembrokeshire

New Moat is a village and parish in the hundred of Dungleddy, Pembrokeshire. As a civil community it comprises the ancient parishes of New Moat, Bletherston and Llys y Fran with a combined population recorded in the 2001 census of 426.[1] It extends from the southern edges of Mynydd Preseli to the Pembrokeshire-Carmarthenshire border.


The village takes its name from an ancient motte-and-bailey defence of which only the artificially-built mound now survives.[2] At the centre of the village is St Nicholas's church, mainly rebuilt in the 1880s, which retains its mediæval tower and 17th-century altar tomb[1] and is a Grade-II* listed building. [3]

New Moat was once the seat of the Scourfield family, who are reported to have resided at the area since the reign of Edward I.[4] The Scourfields provided the area of Pembrokeshire and Haverfordwest with several sheriffs and mayors, as well as Members of Parliament, including William Henry Scourfield and Sir John Scourfield. The family resided at Mote and Robertson Hall until the 19th century when the family moved to Robeston Hall in the parish of Robeston West. Mote and Robertson Hall became ruinous and has since been demolished.[1] The Black Book of St David's 1326 records that the Lord of New Moat paid one penny a year to the Bishops of St David's at Castle Morris.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines et al., eds (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 607. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  2. "New Moat [Y Mot"]. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. "Parish Church of Saint Nicholas, New Moat". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. "The Scourfields of the Moat". The Cambrian Journal. 1862. pp. 271–276. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
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