Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Volunteers visit the Museum of Scrimpinology

On Monday our Volunteers visited Pat and Jeff James' Museum of Scrimpinology in Llangwm. The Museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia, a real trip down memory lane - an amazing collection of household items, tools, games, everyday objects from the past as well as an old signal box and railway items, a mining section from Hook, school classroom and cinema equipment and even a vintage car. Incredible that so much is fitted into such a small space! Jeff opens his museum for just one week per year so we were fortunate in that we were able to book a visit. Thanks Jeff and Pat for a lovely evening!

Winners of our May Quiz Night

Repeating their success in March’s Quiz, the winning team were Alistair and Kate Broughton, Wendy Lee and Gareth Beamish, pictured here with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn. 
The History Society will take a break during the summer months and return in September when the next Quiz Night will take place on Friday, September 21st at Monkton Church Hall, 7.30pm.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

We visit Penally History Group

Enjoyed a great afternoon visiting Penally History Group.  David Glennester gave a fascinating talk on the WW1 Training Trenches in the village hall, then gave us a conducted tour. We were lucky as the weather was lovely and we enjoyed the walk and the view! The Trenches were constructed in 1914 and are now a scheduled ancient monument.  The Group has produced a leaflet 'Penally World War 1 village walk' which is freely available for anyone wishing to find out more.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Simon Hancock (2nd from left) with some members of the P&M Committee
At our meeting of Friday, April 20th, our speaker Simon Hancock gave a fascinating talk on the ‘Pembroke Mint’- a little known aspect of Pembroke’s past. He told us that coinage was introduced by the Anglo Saxons:  the Welsh princes did not mint coins. Continued by the Normans, it was during the reign of Henry I that silver pennies were minted in Pembroke itself.  In the Middle Ages coins were struck by hand – each one individually which meant that no two were identical. This gave opportunities for the criminal practice of clipping coins for the silver – an offence which deserved (in the medieval mind) savage punishment in the form of castration or the cutting off of the right hand.  Clipped coins devalued the coinage and devalued confidence: such an offence against the currency was regarded as equivalent to an offence against the king, treason no less.  In France there are accounts of people being boiled alive for such a crime.  
The first person known to have struck coins in the Pembroke Mint was a man named Gillopatric.  He is mentioned in a set of accounts known as the Pipe Rolls, an invaluable document which records amounts of money paid into the royal treasury and gives real insight into twelfth century life.  It would seem that Gillopatric had transgressed but somehow managed to get off pretty lightly with a hefty fine!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Forthcoming events

Please note - we have no Saturday morning meeting in April because of the Easter Bank Holiday.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quiz Night March 16th

All tables taken on Friday evening's Quiz Night at Monkton Church Hall.  So extra big congratulations to Peter & Gaynor Thomas and Amanda & Bob Schopp who won against great opposition and a really hard set of questions! They are pictured here with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn.  Thanks to all who contributed to the lovely buffet and to Rachel and Diana for conducting the raffle.