New Moat

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New Moat
New Moat church - - 692717.jpg
St Nicholas's Church, New Moat
New Moat is located in Pembrokeshire
New Moat
New Moat
Location within Pembrokeshire
Population434 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSN064255
  • New Moat
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townClarbeston Road
Postcode districtSA63 4
FireMid and West Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
51°53′N 4°49′W / 51.89°N 4.81°W / 51.89; -4.81Coordinates: 51°53′N 4°49′W / 51.89°N 4.81°W / 51.89; -4.81

New Moat (Welsh: Y Mot) is a village, parish and community in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It extends from the southern edges of Mynydd Preseli to the Pembrokeshire-Carmarthenshire border.


New Moat community includes the villages of New Moat, Bletherston, Llys y Fran, and Penffordd, with a combined population recorded in the 2001 census of 426,[2] increasing to 434 at the 2011 Census.


Historically 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.[3] The Black Book of St Davids 1326 records state that the Lord of New Moat paid one penny a year to the Bishops of St Davids at Castle Morris.[citation needed]

New Moat was once the seat of the Scourfield family, who are reported to have resided in 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.[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[2] and is a grade II* listed building.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 607. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  3. ^ "New Moat [Y Mot]". Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ "The Scourfields of the Moat". The Cambrian Journal. 1862. pp. 271–276. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Parish Church of Saint Nicholas, New Moat". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  6. ^ Cadw. "Parish Church of Saint Nicholas (Grade II*) (6086)". National Historic Assets of Wales. Retrieved 19 July 2019.