New Moat

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New Moat
Welsh: Y Mot
New Moat church - - 692717.jpg
New Moat church
New Moat is located in Pembrokeshire
New Moat
New Moat
 New Moat shown within Pembrokeshire
Population 426 
Community New Moat
Principal area Pembrokeshire
Ceremonial county Dyfed
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SA63
Police Dyfed-Powys
Fire Mid and West Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Preseli Pembrokeshire
Welsh Assembly Preseli Pembrokeshire
List of places

Coordinates: 51°53′40″N 4°48′49″W / 51.894369°N 4.813597°W / 51.894369; -4.813597

New Moat (Welsh: Y Mot) is a village and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It extends from the southern edges of Mynydd Preseli to the Pembrokeshire-Carmarthenshire border. As a community it comprises the villages of New Moat, Bletherston, Llys y Fran and Pen-ffordd, with a combined population recorded in the 2001 census of 426.[1]


Historically located in the hundred of Dungleddy, 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 medieval 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 Davids 1326 records that the Lord of New Moat paid one penny a year to the Bishops of St Davids at Castle Morris.


  1. ^ a b c 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.