A RARE piece of Haverfordwest history has been secured by Haverfordwest Town Museum, thanks to a donation from Valero Pembroke Refinery.

The Llewellin family Churnworks in the town was a famous Haverfordwest institution, exporting dairy implements and machines across the world from 1789 until its closure in 1966, with the Churnworks building being demolished in 1987.

Now an original Victorian-era wooden dairy ladle produced by the Llewellin family Churnworks has been purchased following Valero’s sponsorship, to add to the museum’s ‘Trade and Industry’ collection.

Museum curator Simon Hancock said: “the Llewellin Churnworks were a world-famous Haverfordwest firm, at its height exporting products all across the Empire.

"However, finding original pieces from the Llewellin family’s illustrious history is incredibly difficult, which is why this find is so important.

"Thanks to the support from Valero we have been able to secure this important town legacy for future generations, and add to our exhibition of items related to the Churnworks.”

Refinery Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton said: “Haverfordwest Town Museum does a tremendous job in preserving the history of our county town, and Valero is very pleased to be able to help promote our local heritage by purchasing this item for the museum’s collection.”