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Pigot & Co. South Wales directory for 1830

The information  below relating to Haverfordwest was extracted  by Pat Powell from the S.O.G  fiche and verified to the CD of the same title published by Archive CD Books.

HAVERFORDWEST

Is a market-town, borough, and county of itself surrounded by Pembrokeshire; 266 miles from London, 139 from Bristol, 10 from Pembroke, and 7 from Milford Haven.

The town is large and beautifully situated on an eminence, having the river Dungleddy running at its foot; and the houses are arranged in several steep streets from the top of the acclivity down to the river; most of the buildings are good, and some of the habitations may be said to be handsome, and the place may be noticed as the residence of a great number of independent gentry.

The principal public buildings, besides the edifices for divine worship, are, the Guildhall, a modern erection, situated in the upper part of the town; the gaol, part of which are the remains of its ancient castle, and a handsome covered market-house, erected by the corporation in 1826.

The river is navigable for small vessels as high as the bridge: the other commercial facilities are afforded by the situation of the town on the great western road, having the London mail coach passing through it every day; and the town possesses as great a portion of retail domestic trade as any town in Wales.

Within a few miles are several valuable coal and culm mines, which give employment to many hands, and renders fuel remarkably cheap. Upon the river is a paper mill of rather extensive business.

The town is governed by a mayor, assisted by a common council of twenty-six, chosen from the principal burgesses, as sheriff, &c.; the magistrates are, the mayor for the time being, and his predecessor. The grand sessions are held here, in the spring and autumn annually. The sheriff, by virtue of charter, is lord of the manor, and holds his leet-court annually at Michaelmas; there are also two courts of record for the recovery of debts, one held monthly, the other every fifteen days, of which the mayor or his deputy is the president.

This town enjoys the privilege of having a Lord Lieutenant attached to it, and is the only town in Great Britain so distinguished; the was obtained by a very ancient grant from the crown, when the county of Pembroke was a palatinate.

This borough sends one member to parliament; the right of election is vested in the free burgesses, and inhabitants in general, paying scot and lot, in number about 700; the sheriff is the returning officer; the present representative is Sir Richard B Philipps, bart. of Picton castle, a fine seat about three miles distant.

Haverfordwest contains three churches, viz. - St. Thomas's, of which the Rev. T. Harris is the rector; St. Mary's, the Rev. James Thomas, vicar; and St. Martin's, the Rev. James Summers, rector. The other places of worship are chapels for the service of several sects of dissenters, as, Moravians, presbyterians, Wesleyan methodists, Calvinists, Welch methodists, baptists, those of Lady Huntingdon's doctrine, and a meeting house for quakers.

The situation of the town is in the midst of a well wooded and highly cultivated country, and the extreme cheapness of provisions, renders it a very desirable and pleasing residence. A good parade here commands an extensive and fine view of the surrounding country, and the ruins of the ancient abbey, which extends a considerable way along the side of the hill. At the extremity of this walk are some ruins of an ancient priory of Black Canons, supposed to have been founded by Robert de Haverford, lord of this place, about the year 1200.

The market days are Tuesday & Saturday; and the annual fairs are 12th May, 12th June, 18th July 4th and 23rd September, and 18th of October.

By the returns to parliament for 1821, the three parishes contained together, 4,055 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, Dew-street, John Bowen, Post Master.

NOBILITY, GENTRY & CLERGY

ACADAMIES AND SCHOOLS

ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS

ATTORNEYS

AUCTIONEERS

BAKERS

BANKERS

BLACKSMITHS

BOOKSELLERS & STATIONERS

BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS

BREWERS

BRIGHTSMITHS

BUILDERS

BUTCHERS

BUTTER MERCHANTS AND FACTORS

(See also merchants)

CABINET MAKERS

CARPENTERS AND JOINERS

CHINA, GLASS, &c. DEALERS

CHYMISTS AND DRUGGISTS

COACH MAKERS

CONFECTIONERS

COOPERS

CURRIERS AND LEATHER SELLERS

FIRE, &c. OFFICE AGENTS

GARDENERS & SEEDSMEN

GLAZIERS, &c.

(See also Painters)

GLOVERS AND TAWERS

GROCERS & TEA DEALERS

(see also Shopkeepers)

Marked thus * are also Drapers

HAT MANUFACTURERS

INNS

(See also Taverns & Public Houses)

IRONMONGERS

LIME BURNERS

LINEN & WOOLEN DRAPERS

(See also Grocers, &c. )

MALSTERS

MERCHANTS

MILLERS

MILLINERS AND DRESS MAKERS

PAINTERS

PHYSICIANS

PROFESSORS & TEACHERS

ROPE & TWINE MAKERS

SADDLERS

SHOPKEEPERS & DEALERS IN SUNDRIES

SPIRIT MERCHANTS

STONE MASONS

STRAW HAT MAKERS

SURGEONS

SURVEYORS & LAND AGENTS

TAILORS

TALLOW CHANDLERS

TANNERS

TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES

TEA DEALERS

TIMBER MERCHANTS

TIN-PLATE WORKERS

WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS

Marked thus * are also Jewellers & Silversmiths

WHARFINGERS

MISCELLANEOUS

COACHES

CARRIERS

CONVEYANCE BY WATER

Coasting Traders

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