Pembroke - ancient and modern

Pembroke  - ancient and modern

First published in Town guides

The town of Pembroke was built around its impressive Norman castle which still dominates the skyline today. The fortress, dating back to 1090 was the birthplace of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty and victor at the battle of Bosworth.

Much of the town wall is still intact, separating the long medieval Main Street from later development. The castle itself is among the county's finest - it was an inspiration to the great artist Turner on one of his tours of Wales.

The Mill Pond, once a moat which helped keep Oliver Cromwell and his army at bay in the siege of 1648, protects the town on its north and west boundaries.

The impressive ruins of the Bishops of St Davids Palace at Lamphey date back to the 14th century. Although falling into decay in the 1600s its gatehouse and arcading are still preserved. Monkton to the west of Pembroke was the site of a Priory. Some of its buildings dating back to Norman times can still be seen.

The magnificent Priory church celebrates its 900th anniversary this year. Pembroke Dock boasts a famous dockyard which is now a ferry terminal.

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