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Some of our Committee with Alex Powell and Christian Donovan

Alex and Christian, Discovery Guides at Carew Castle, joined us on Saturday, October 7th for the first talk of our Winter Programme 'Carew Castle and Sir Rhys ap Thomas: the Man who Killed Richard III'. Carew Castle was once the home of a very important character in our Tudor history.  This was Sir Rhys ap Thomas who is famously credited with killing King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth when the victorious Henry Tudor was crowned King Henry VII .

Rhys' family supported the House of Lancaster but became reconciled to the Yorkist King Edward IV.  Rhys ap Thomas became a powerful and respected landowner, so much so that Richard III appointed him as his principal lieutenant in South Wales.  His support was therefore crucial to Henry in his bid for the crown.  However, Henry’s invasion placed Rhys in a dilemma as he had sworn an oath of allegiance to King Richard,  assuring him that the army of Henry would not pass unless it were over his body. There is a local legend that when Henry landed at Mill Bay, Dale on August 7th 1485 Rhys was there to meet him and, to overcome the vow made to Richard, he lay under Mullock Bridge (near Dale) so that Henry’s army could pass over him.  In truth, however, Rhys led an army northwards from Carmarthen to join Henry at Welshpool from whence together they marched to Bosworth where Rhys delivered that final death blow to Richard III. Rhys was knighted for his services and was appointed Governor of South Wales. 

Rhys remained a close ally and trusted friend to Henry and, in recognition for his loyalty, he was made a Knight of the Garter in 1505.  To celebrate this honour Sir Rhys held a great tournament at Carew Castle in April 1507, the last tournament to be held in this country. His final resting place was Greyfriars in Carmarthen - where Edmund Tudor was also buried - but following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII his tomb was removed to St Peter's Church, Carmarthen where it can still be seen.  


Tomb of Sir Rhys ap Thomas in St Peter's Church, Carmarthen





The launch of the Town Trail with members of Pembs County Council, Town Council and Civic Trust

Cover of Pembroke Town Trail

Linda Asman and George Lewis who between them produced the booklet

Pembroke Museum volunteers try out the new digital trail

Last year 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.

Now with funding from the Heritage Lottery, our Society has launched a Digital Town Trail.  Working with Modern Print, Pembroke Dock, a new website has been made which will enable you to explore Pembroke digitally - it can be accessed via plaques bearing QR codes sited around the town. It is bi-lingual in Welsh and English.  To find out more, go to https://www.pembroketowntrail.wales/



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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

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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


The Pembroke Story

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


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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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