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Welcome to the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society Website!

If you want to find out about Pembroke's long and prestigious history, this is the site for you.  It will also keep you up to date with our many events, activities and projects - please also visit our Blog which has been our diary of events since our very first meeting in October 2009!

OUR NEW PUBLICATION NOW ON SALE!

From Mummer's Booth to Silver Screen: the Life and Times of the Haggar Family

“I was born into a very remarkable family, a family which has its roots in the Victorian theatre and early cinema” writes Vicki in her introduction. “My father was Len Haggar, the well known and respected proprietor of Haggars’ Cinema and Ballroom in Pembroke and it is there that my earliest memories lie.  Alas it is assigned to history: times change and there is no ‘going to the pictures’ any more in Pembroke.  For my family in particular this represented the end of an era as our history stretches back to the very earliest years of the cinema in this country; a history which began with my great grandfather William Haggar, a leading figure in early film making in this country.”

Written by William’s great granddaughter, Vicki Haggar, and including previously unpublished essays by her grandfather Walter and brothers Roy and Tony, the book follows the fortunes of her family through four successive generations.  It spans a century in the entertainment business; from Victorian travelling theatre to fairground bioscope, through cinema’s golden age to eventual decline and the closing of  Pembroke Cinema, the last of the Haggar Cinemas,  in 1984.For many this will be a nostalgic walk down memory lane and a must read for anyone interested in the history of cinema in this country.

FOR SALE AT PEMBROKE TOWN HALL, PEMBROKE CASTLE, GOVAN CENTRE PEMBROKE DOCK AT £9.99

BY POST £12.50 (INCL P&P). CHEQUES MADE TO PEMBROKE  & MONKTON LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

28, ROCKY PARK, PEMBROKE, SA71 4NY

ANY QUERIES: EMAIL pembrokehistory@live.co.uk

NEXT EVENT

Join us for a lighthearted and friendly evening, with good company and good food, on December 2nd - the last event of 2016!

GREAT SUPPORT FOR OUR TUDOR MORNING ON OCTOBER 1st!

Pembroke&Monkton Local History Society's Tudor Morning in Pembroke Town Hall

Pictured here are Rev Luke Holden, Linda Asman, Pembroke Mayor Cllr Dennis Evans and Tony Riches

Over one hundred people attended our Tudor Morning in Pembroke Town Hall.  Opened by Pembroke Mayor Cllr Dennis Evans, proceedings began with an update of the Henry VII Statue by Society Chairman Linda Asman who said she was delighted with the overwhelming community support for the project.  She added that so much was being done to promote our heritage with Town Council and History Society working together and thanked the Mayor and Councillors for their support.

It  was an eventful morning with two excellent speakers.  First, Rev. Luke Holden spoke about herbs and healing in Tudor times.  Luke, who lives in Llanelli, has a background in Ancient and Medieval History, Art History and Archaeology.   As well as being a Greek Orthodox Priest, he has enjoyed a varied career which included teaching and running a farm small holding from which grew his interest in plants.  Luke regularly takes part in Tudor re-enactments assuming the character of Welsh Tudor Herbalist Luke ap Pagrig.

Second guest speaker was Tudor author Tony Riches, who took part in the Henry VII Statue consultation last October and subsequently became involved in the Statue Committee.  The first book of his Tudor Trilogy, OWEN, explored the life of Owen Tudor, grandfather of Henry from whom the Tudor dynasty descended.  It topped the Amazon historical fiction charts in the UK and US – and reached number one in Australia. Since then JASPER has also become an international best-seller and Tony is now writing the final book, HENRY. Tony kindly denoted a copy of OWEN to the Raffle.

Between speakers, the audience were able to sample some Tudor baking as the committee had been studying appropriate recipes to go with the theme.  The event was free at entry but funds were raised on sales of coffee and raffle - in all £226 was raised and this will be given to the Henry VII Statue appeal.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

Ghost stories at Monkton Church Hall

 

If you want to find out more about our historic town,

follow the new Pembroke Town Trail

The launch of the Town Trail with members of Pembs County Council, Town Council and Civic Trust Design of the plaques by Harriet Addyman of Autodromo, Narberth Linda Asman and George Lewis who between them produced the booklet

Autumn saw the Launch of the new Pembroke Town Trail, a project of Pembroke Town Council and match funded by Pembrokeshire County Council's Town Centre Support Programme.  The Trail starts at Pembroke Town Hall which houses the Museum and Pembroke Murals and the route is marked out in 30 bronze plaques.  The Town Trail booklet can be obtained from Pembroke Town Hall, the Castle, Information Centre and various shops in the town and costs just £1.50. The beautifully produced book, designed as a keepsake, is illustrated with line drawings by local artist George Lewis and has a fold out map. All proceeds in support of Pembroke Museum.

The map is the work of local artist George Lewis who has also illustrated the booklet.

Cover of Pembroke Town Trail

Please note:

We are now working on a Digital Town Trail with funding from the

Heritage Lottery Fund  

  Pembroke Town Council

 

Lots to see on this site!

Click on picture link

Pembroke Museum

Situated in the old Courtroom of Pembroke Town Hall, our museum is a community project.

Free entry - organised and run by volunteers, Supported by PTC

Pembroke Museum

What's New?

Follow our Blog to follow the activities and events of the P&M Society

 

Pembrokeand Monkton History Blog

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Through My Eyes: a community history of Pembroke & Monkton      

Our major digital story project, now complete and published with funding from HLF

The Project Team

Visit the Town Hall Murals

- a wonderful journey through time in pictures by George & Jeanne Lewis

 

George and Jeanne Lewis creators of the Pembroke Murals

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The Pembroke Story

Follow 10,000 years of Pembroke's prestigious history through our History Pages.

Projects

Take a look at the many projects we are involved with..

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We are a voluntary group dedicated to raising the awareness of our history and preserving the memory for future generations.  So join us if you like - through popular demand we now have a membership at the nominal fee of £3 and welcome new members.  If you do not wish to join, our events remain free unless otherwise stated as for our fundraising quizzes.

All work carried out by members of this Society is voluntary  and there are plenty of volunteering opportunities.  We organise many events to promote our history and run Pembroke Museum.  We put up exhibitions and displays in support of community events and also support other voluntary organisations' fundraising efforts. We give talks, arrange walks and write articles.  And more.

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Henry VII maquette

Henry VII Statue Appeal

 

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Our

Programme

of Events

Jan to May 2016

 

 

find out more about Pembroke's maritime history

 

Go to our Publications Page for a downloadable copy of our leaflet

 

James Spooner and Vicki Haggar

 

The stunning

landscape of the

Castlemartin

Peninsula