Welcome to the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society Website!


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 William Marshal statue

It was two years ago that Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society held a public consultation in Pembroke Town Hall at which Harriet Addyman presented her maquette (miniature statue) of William Marshal, which she envisaged as a knight on horseback.

Although Covid-19 has slowed everything down, Harriet is making wonderful progress and the statue of William Marshal astride his warhorse is promising to be spectacular.  We are hoping that the project will be completed by September by which time we hope the worse of the pandemic will be over to enable us to have an unveiling celebration.

Harriet, sculptor of the Henry VII statue, has been making and creating things all her life. She studied Sculpture firstly at Carmarthen College with sculpture restoration and then Bristol University a Fine Art Sculpture Degree.  Most of her working life has been in Model making and Design with Autodromo Ltd in Narberth making all sorts of exhibition and display models, but she never thought she would make sculptural  bronzes.

Said Harriet ‘ Its such an honour to be making bronze pieces, I never thought this would happen in my lifetime, the opportunity to make these two sculptural pieces is wonderful for me, I had no idea how to make a horse and had to go and breath a few noses and stroke a few flanks before I began. Sally Williams in Carmarthenshire allowed me to be with her Andalucian horse Oliaji for measurements and so a big thank you to her.'

The ensuing fundraising campaign was a great success with the community enthusiastically behind it.  Generous contributions from Wales Community CIC and Pembrokeshire County Council’s Enhancing Pembrokeshire grant has enabled us to reach our funding target allowing the project to take shape. As with the Henry VII statue, we are working closely with Pembroke Town Council, without whose support the project would not be possible


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



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



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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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Pembrokeand Monkton History Blog


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.


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



and much more...


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 Statue


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