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Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire

Historical Description

Pembroke Dock, a seaport town and an ecclesiastical parish in Pembroke St Mary parish, Pembrokeshire. The town stands on a branch of Milford Haven, at the W terminus of the Pembroke and Tenby railway, opposite New Milford, and 2 miles NW of Pembroke; was formerly called Pater; became a place of Government dockyards in 1814 in lieu of Milford Haven; includes an area of 80 acres, surrounded by a high wall, with two flanking martello towers, with a sea frontage of nearly half a mile, and with twelve-building slips for ships of all sizes, under iron-roofed sheds; has also a dry dock for first-rate ships, a fort mounting 24 guns, large barracks defended by bastions and a fosse½ and a hut encampment and a jetty at Hobbs Point. It forms a ward of the municipal borough of Pembroke, and has a head post office, a station on the Pembroke and Tenby railway, two banks, a market-house, a mechanics' institute, a police station, and a temperance hall. It is the seat of county courts, and publishes a weekly newspaper. Markets are held on Fridays. Steamers ply from Hobbs Point to New Milford. There is a Government submarine depot at Pennar. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1848. Population, 10,481. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St David's; net value, £300 with residence. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church of St John was built in 1848. St Patrick's Church at Pennar was commenced in 1894. on a site given by the War Office. There is a church in the dockyard. There are Roman. Catholic, Calvinistic Methodist, Congregational, Baptist, and Wesleyan chapels. There is a general cemetery, with two-mortuary chapels, and a military cemetery near the hut encampment.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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