Pembrokeshire Burial Board Records

Scope and Content

Records of St Martin's Joint Burial Board/ Joint Burial Committee, 1856-1986; and Narberth Joint Burial Board records, 1857-1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

Burial boards were established by the Burial Act 1853 to allow parish vestries, borough councils or local boards of health to create and manage new cemeteries. From 1894, civil parishes and urban district councils could exercise the powers of Burial Boards by purchasing land to provide burial places. St Martin's Joint Burial Board, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, became St Martin's Joint Burial Committee following the Local Government Act 1894. In 1988 responsibility for the Committee was transferred to Haverfordwest Town Council. Narberth Joint Burial Board was formed in c. 1857 and continued to operate into the 20th century.


Arranged into three groups: Groups One and Two, St Martin's Joint Burial Board/ Joint Burial Committee records; and Group Three, Narberth Joint Burial Board records.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

St Martin's Joint Burial Board records deposited by Mr G. W. Davies, Clerk to the Committee, Haverfordwest, Dyfed, 1981, 1989; Narberth Burial Board records deposited by Mr D. Sturgess, Clerk to the Board, Narberth, Dyfed, 1987.


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Burial Boards, catalogues; Hey, David, Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History (Oxford, 1997).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available in Pembrokeshire Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Pembrokeshire Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Records of Prendergast Burial Board are in Pembrokeshire Record Office, D/RKL and HAM.