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Welcome to the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society Website!

MONKTON - HIDDEN HISTORY

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the publication of a new book ‘Monkton – a Hidden History’.

We have long felt that the history of Monkton has been neglected, being in the shadow of Pembroke, which is obviously one of the most historic towns in Wales but Monkton has a rich history in its own right dating back to prehistoric times and encompassing the rise and fall of Pembroke Priory, the Civil War when Cromwell located his cannons here, the building of the Victorian terraces of Priory Mains to house Dockyard workers and the restoration of the Priory Church.

To find out more, go to our Monkton Page

WILLIAM MARSHAL STATUE PROGRESS

 

The William Marshal statue progresses but the original completion date has now been put back to the Spring.  It is however in its final stages of construction.

In June the sculpture was approved by Trustees of Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society and the project moved on to the next stage: creating the mould. The mould was made at Autodromo and involved applying silicone spray rubber to cover whole piece then applying Polyester resin in sections.  The polyester resin jacket was then removed and the completed mould sections taken away to Castle Fine Arts Foundry, near Oswestry where the statue will be eventually be cast in bronze.

In September I visited Castle Fine Arts with our sculptor, Harriet Addyman, to see how the statue was progressing. Waxes have now been made from the rubber moulds transported from Autodromo and are looking really good. Importantly, Harriet is very pleased and impressed with the work of this foundry. We were given a tour of the place and it was really interesting to see the processes involved.

Meanwhile, back in Pembroke the site has been surveyed and the plinth is being designed and erected by Pembrokeshire County Council.

 

 

HENRY TUDOR CENTRE PROGRESSES!

Henry VII statue with the Henry Tudor Centre under construction in the background Henry Tudor Centre under construction

A lot happening in Pembroke! For so long an eyesore, these buildings are now being converted by PCC into a Heritage Centre with community facilities including a Tourist Information Centre, Library and Cafe.  The land to the rear will become community gardens with access from the South Quay.  This is an exciting project and something really to look forward to!

To view the plans click on the image

Henry Tudor Centre Plans

 

AND LET THERE BE DRAGONS!

Sculptor Gideon Petersen with his Dragon maquette   Pembroke Millond

We also will resume our Dragon Fountain project when circumstances allow.  Last year a new Pembroke Millpond Group was formed by Pembroke Town Council to address public concern at the state of the pond: reeds were growing out of control and the water was covered in green algal bloom.  Pembroke Town Council working with Pembrokeshire County Council, secured a grant from Local Places for Nature, a Welsh Government Grant administered by the WCVA via the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership to fund a maintenance plan to tackle the problems.  The first stage of the project saw the removal of the algae blooms and was followed by the cutting back of the reeds. The next stage will involve installing a new dipping platform, building silt traps and a Field Study and Management Plan for the future management of the site.

Working alongside these organisations, we believe that a fountain would help aerate the waters of the Millpond to improve the water quality with a beneficial effect on the local landscape and pond life. Having obtained funding from LEADER to explore this idea, a schools project has taken place and a maquette constructed by Gideon Petersen. This is on public view in the shop window next to Brown's Cafe, Pembroke Main Street.

For more information, go to our Projects page

 

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.

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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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Registered Charity no: 1158530

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ANNUAL REPORT 2020

 

OUR PROGRAMME OF EVENTS IS SUSPENDED

Programme

of Events

2019-20

 

William Marshal statue campaign

 

 

 

Norman

 

Pembroke Museum Logo by George Lewis

 

 

Henry VII Statue

 

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Gallery of

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of old Pembroke