Haverfordwest History

Ten Quick Facts About Haverfordwest #OnePlaceStudies10

The Society of One Place Studies is celebrating their 10th anniversary and have challenged members to blog or post on social media to a theme. The theme for September is “10”.

To introduce my new One Place Study, I have decided to list 10 quick facts about Haverfordwest. This is just a brief list, to give a general overview. More indepth posts will be coming soon, to address each item on the list.

10 Quick Facts About Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest means “ford used by heifers” or “ford used by goats” and is pronounced ‘harford’ in the local dialect. West was added later.

1831 – 4328 – 1841 census.
2011 – 14596 – Wikipedia

Weather Averages
High: 15° degrees Celsius
Low: 10° Celsius
Rainfall: 103.9mm
Humidity: 85%
Hottest Month: July
Coldes Month: February

Market Town
Haverfordwest has been a market town for over three hundred years. Today, Haverfordwest is the county of Pembrokeshire’s main commercial and retail centre.

Haverfordwest Castle: The town is overlooked by Haverfordwest Castle which dates back to 1120. Sections of the castle ruins are still standing today.

Haverfordwest Castle – Wikipedia

Claim to Fame:
In the 16th century, Haverfordwest was the second largest port in Wales and continued to be the main port in West Wales until the arrival of the railway in 1853.

The Early Days
Haverfordwest first came into existence in the early 12th century when King Henry 1st granted it’s first charter. However, there is now archaeological evidence that earlier settlements may date back to the Roman and Iron ages.

Haverfordwest Priory
Haverfordwest Priory, was built by the Augustinian Monks, just outside the town wall in the thirteenth century. Ruins are still standing today.

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The Priory Haverfordwest – haverfordwesttown.co.uk

Haverforwest Parishes
In the 19th Century, there were three parishes in Haverfordwest – St. Mary, St. Thomas and St. Martin. My ancestors were mostly from the Parish ofSt. Thomas

River Cleddau
The River Cleddau runs through the centre of Haverfordwest.

Photo: Christian Still  Creative Commons 




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