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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!

On Saturday February 4th we celebrated the Year of Legends 2017 with a performance by professional story teller Phil Okwedy who enthralled his audience some of those legends connected to our Welsh landscape.  This took place in Pembroke Town Hall and drew a large audience.

 

Exploring the myths and legends of Wales will take you to some fascinating parts of this ancient land, where history and legend are often intertwined in its landscape: Anyone walking the Preseli Hills in our own county of Pembrokeshire cannot fail to be affected by that atmospheric sense of mystery and imagination and those magnificent rolling hills bear names that feature in legend.   From the Arthurian tales, Trwyth– Crug-yr-Hwch (The Sow’s Ridge) and Moeldyrch (The Boar’s Head) tell of the hunting of the great mythical wild boar Twrch .  Surrounded on three sides by sea, Pembrokeshire's cliffs are the backdrop to many tales. Stories, for example, from the age of saints: like St Govan whose chapel huddles at the base of a mighty cliff - accessed by a long stone set of steps – you can never count the same number up and down.  Inside the chapel is a vertical cleft in the rock which, according to legend, miraculously opened to conceal St Govan from his enemies. The rock closed behind him and did not reopen until danger was past leaving the impression of his rib cage which can still be seen …

 

In Pembroke we will be celebrating 2017 with a statue of Henry VII,  born in Pembroke Castle, who against all the odds succeeded in overthrowing Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. His coming was foretold by a prophecy that a Welsh King would one day lead the Britons to victory and sit on the throne of England. Henry appeared to be that  ‘Y Mab Darogan’, the Son of Prophecy. Very much aware of the power of legend, Henry exploited his Welsh descent and its propaganda value by landing in Wales and adopting the red dragon of Cadwaladr as his banner and then on his coat of arms.

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THE MONKTON SOUND PROJECT

Some of the participants of Saturday's 'memory lane' with Wayne Boucher (left) 

and  Diana Ford (2nd right) of the National Theatre Wales TEAM

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society met on Saturday morning, January 7th at Monkton Church Hall for a New Year’s Get-together.  This was a time for reminiscing, looking back on times past with old photos and film clips. It was an opportunity also to meet Diana Ford of the National Theatre Wales TEAM who introduced the Monkton Sound Project which aimed to record stories of Monkton people. The TEAM is an outreach branch of the National Theatre Wales, offering a platform to connect with communities across the country through events and projects.  The Sound Project involves getting people to tell and record their stories and recall stories of local characters, past or present, who have perhaps done something extraordinary or funny and become local legends.

Following on from this, the TEAM will be holding meetings in Monkton Swifts and offering free script and performance workshops.  Having collected and recorded stories, some will be turned into scripts to be adapted into plays which will be performed.  The History Society is happy to help with this exciting project. 

 

OUR NEW PUBLICATION NOW ON SALE!

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

 

FOR SALE AT PEMBROKE TOWN HALL, CASTLE SHOP, PEMBROKE LONDIS, GOVAN CENTRE PDOCK

@ £9.99 BY POST £12.50 (INCL P&P). 

Cheques payable to Pembroke&Monkton Local History Society, 28 Rocky Park, Pembroke, SA71 4NY.

Email: pembrokehistory@live.co.uk

 

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!

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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

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Programme

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Jan to May 2017

 

 

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