A talk by Robin Sheldrake
Robin Sheldrake is a well known authority on the history of Haverfordwest, having been the Chairman of the Civic Society. With the assistance of photographs he had taken he took us along the Heritage Trail of Haverfordwest.
The trail commenced with a photograph of the Cleddau looking down stream and then turning back towards the weir, the large warehouse on the new quay, with a view of The Bristol Trader and the new Council Offices. It is difficult to believe the quay saw sea going ships coming in on the tide, leaving their cargo at the warehouse and picking goods for transportation around the Country and beyond.
It was delightful to be reminded of the old Haverfordwest, Foley House the substantial property in Goat Street designed by the famous architect John Nash, now standing empty with signs of decay visible. The substantial properties in many parts of the town provided town houses for the landed gentry who, having visited the town, needed a residence in which to spend the night. The Palace Cinema formerly the Corn Market, Temperance House, Hermon’s Hill House and others what a fascinating past the properties enjoyed. Then the sadder part of our history, Union Hill so called because it led to the Union Workhouse. A most interesting talk given by a gentleman who certainly knows his subject.
Penny Thomas 2nd May 2019