Sunday, November 27, 2022

Pembroke Castle Christmas Market

We had a great time at Pembroke Castle's Christmas Market. We launched our latest publication 'Monkton: A Hidden history' which proved a big success and a big thank you to Heritage Lottery Wales for awarding us the grant to make it possible. Despite being closed on Saturday because of the high winds, Sunday made up for it - absolutely packed out! After an absence of 2 years, it was so good to see the return of this lovely event.

Getting ready for Christmas

Christmas is coming and we have changed the shop window next to Brown's Cafe (courtesy of Mrs Genys Brown). This time the theme is Toys from Christmas Past - featuring some of the Museum's vintage toy collection.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

New publication - Monkton: A Hidden History

We are pleased to announce the publication of its latest book ‘Monkton – a Hidden History’. Written by Linda Asman and Keith Johnson with contributions from many local people, the book brings to light the rich heritage of Monkton, much neglected by historians. We are very thankful to the Heritage Lottery for funding its publication and the book will be launched at Pembroke Castle’s Christmas Market where the History Society will have a stall. The Market runs from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November. Overshadowed somewhat by historic Pembroke, Monkton too can boast an impressive history, a history which dates back to the Old Stone Age. It encompasses 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. In the course of researching the book, lesser-known information emerged such as the surprising fact that Monkton was a centre of the Mormon religion in the 1850s, with one of only three Mormon chapels in Wales. And research into the village's maritime past has revealed that it once had a thriving shipbuilding yard and that timber from Canada was imported to Monkton quay. Proudly independent of its larger neighbour, Pembroke, Monkton was virtually a self-contained community for over a century with shops and tradesmen of every kind, farms and quarries, schools and pubs and regular livestock fairs in the village street. Sadly, much of the character of the village was lost in the early 1960s when the local council decided to bulldoze most of the old terraces and replace them with a modern housing estate. The late Pauline Waters was a leading member of our Society and we have dedicated the book to her memory and to all who shared her love of old Monkton.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Remembrance Sunday, November 13th

It was good to see so many, including large numbers of children, at the Remembrance Sunday service at Pembroke Cenotaph. A Church Service was held at St Mary's afterwards where the History Society had put up a display for Remembrance.

Museums Morning & Talk - Saturday November 5th

Despite the dreadful weather, we had a great turnout for our Museum's morning with a most interesting talk by Liz Rawlings entitled 'The Flanders Connection' - Llangwm's wonderful community project which has attracted national interest and resulted in the renovation of St Jerome's Church.