The information below relating to Fishguard was extracted by Denise Robinson from the CD of the same title published by Archive CD Books.
Is a market-town and sea-port, in the parish of its name, hundred of Kemess, and county of Pembroke: 257 miles W. by N. from London, and 16 N from Haverfordwest, the like distance NE from St David's, and 7 W. from Newport; situated on a steep cliff on the seashore, at the influx of the river Gwaine with the sea, which forms a spacious bay, where vessels may ride safely in five or six fathoms water. At this place Frenchmen landed in 1797, who surrendered, on the summons of Lord Cawdor, without firing a single shot.
The town is divided into two portions, the upper and lower town, by the river, over which is a good stone bridge of five arches. The upper town occupies the eminence, and includes the greater proportion of inhabitants, with the church, market-house, and principal shops: the lower part skirts the estuary, and , having sprung from its shipping and commerce within the last seventy years, is fast becoming a rival in trade and population to its more elevated neighbour.
With the exception of a little flannel weaving, no manufactures exist here - corn, butter and herrings, comprise it's chief trade; the fishery however, of late years, has not been prosperous. Slate abounds in the neighbourhood, and of excellent quality; there is also iron ore near the town, but up to the present time no works have been established. There is no regular municipal government attached to Fishguard; but a head constable, with the title of mayor, is elected annually under the court leet, though his duties are not particularly defined. The manorial courts are held annually within the limits of the borough. Fishguard shares, with Haverfordwest and Narberth, in the elective franchise.
The Parish church of the Virgin Mary is an old structure, presenting little worth notice. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents and Calvinists: the living of Fishguard is a vicarage, in the gift of the Crown. Within a few miles of the town are several romantically situated seats, and the views from many points around are highly picturesque, from the undulating surface of the country, and the abrupt altitude of the sea-cliffs. The prospect inland includes Preselau, the loftiest mountain in this county, being one thousand eight hundred feet above the level of the sea; together with hills of inferior height, many crested with enormous masses of rock. The narrow vale of Gwaen, including the grounds round Glyn Amel, is an interesting object to the tourist and the artist.
A New Market-house has been erected; the market is held on Thursday; and the fairs on the 5th of February, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the 8th and 9th of October, and the 17th and 18th of November. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,990 inhabitants; and at the last census (1841), 2,013.
POST OFFICE, George Rees, Post Master. Letters from LONDON and various parts arrive every morning at half-past seven, and are despatched every afternoon at twenty minutes before five. Letters from CARDIGAN and the North arrive every afternoon at twenty minutes before five and are despatched every morning at half past seven.
GENTRY AND CLERGY
ACADEMIES & SCHOOLS
BOOT & SHOE MAKER
CARPENTERS & JOINERS
CURRIERS & LEATHER CUTTERS
GROCERS & DEALERS
Markes thus* are also Drapers
INNS & PUBLIC HOUSES
MILLINERS AND DRESS MAKERS
PAINTERS AND GLAZIERS.
WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS.
CONVEYANCE BY WATER
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