Mesur Y Dorth is in Pembrokeshire.
B G Charles in his book Place Names of Pembrokeshire writes.....
According to John Jones ('Tegid') in a letter dated 1847 there was a stone
cross used as a gate post at Pen Arthur, St Davids, called Mesur y dorth
(Church in Wales Records NLW).
Literally the name means 'measure of the loaf stone' but why this cross and
the others referred to were so called is a matter of speculation. It
appears that folk imagined that they resembled round loaves divided into
B G Charles refers to Mesurydorth mainly in Llanrhian parish but also
mentions it in Llanreithan/Llanrythan parish. The parishes border each
other and looking at the census Mesurydorth is also shown as spanning both
There must have been several cottages because both 1881 and 1841 show eight
dwellings there. Inhabited mainly by Agricultural Labourers and Carpenters,
with a Mole catcher, a Jockey and a sprinkling of Labourers.
If you would like to give me your great grandmothers name I will see if I
can find her for you.
Pembrokeshire Census, Memorials, Hearths,
Orielton CD's and Baptist Sketches at
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Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:06 PM
Subject: [Dyfed] Place name
Have the place name of Mesurdorth ? as the birth area for my great
grandmother. Can anyone tell mewhere this is please. I hope it is either
or Pembrokeshire. Thankyou. Eirwen
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