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Pigot & Co. South Wales directory for 1844

The information  below relating to Haverfordwest and Neighbourhood was extracted  by Denise Robinson from the CD of the same title published by Archive CD Books.

Haverfordwest and Neighbourhood

HAVERFORDWEST is a market town, borough and county of itself, locally in Pembrokeshire; 251 miles w. by n. from London, 138 w. by n. from Bristol (by the route of Brecon), and 145 by that of Swansea; beautifully situated on an eminence (the base of which is washed by the river Daucleddau), in the midst of a well wooded and highly cultivated country. The town was formerly fortified, but was dismantled of its defences during the civil war. The houses, many of which are handsome, are arranged in several steep streets (well paved and gas-lighted), from the top of the aclivity down to the river; and the place may be noticed as the residence of large numbers of respectable families and independent gentry. The guildhall is a modern structure in the High Street; the gaol, part of it occupies a portion of the ancient castle - the latter, a fine specimen of the substantial erections peculiar to the early part of twelfth century. A new bridge has been constructed over the river, which opens a fine entrance into the centre of the town. 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 a steamer plies weekly between this town and Bristol. Within a few miles are several valuable coal and culm mines, which give employment to many hands, and render fuel remarkably cheap. Upon the river are two paper mills of rather extensive business; the trade in butter, corn, hops, seed and timber, is considerable: malting, brewing, tanning, currying and rope making, are other branches prosperously pursued; and the general domestic trade of the place is perhaps as flourishing as that of any town of the like size in the principality. A newspaper, the 'Pembrokeshire Herald', is published here every Friday, a journal, conducted with considerable talent. The government of the borough is confided to a mayor, with a common council of twenty-six, a sheriff, and assistant officers; the mayor is coroner for the time being, and he and his predecessor are justices of the peace. The grand assizes 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, at which the mayor or his deputy presides. This town enjoys the privilege of a Lord Lieutenant of its own and it is the only town in Great Britain so distinguished. This peculiar appendage was obtained by a very ancient grant from the Crown, when the county of Pembroke was a palatine. Haverfordwest, conjointly with Narberth and Fishguard sends one member to parliament; the sheriff is the returning officer; and the present representative is Sir Richard Bulkeley P. Philips, Bart. of Picton Castle, in the county.

There are three churches of the establishment here, viz St. Thomas', St Mary's and St Martin's; and there are chapels for the worship of congregations of Baptists, Calvinists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Moravians and those of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion. Among the educational establishments, appear a free grammar school, a charity school, and a Baptist academy; while a savings' bank, commercial reading rooms, assembly rooms, a lunatic asylum, and a union poor house, may be enumerated as the chief, public and social institutions. The pleasantness of Haverfordwest, and the cheapness of provisions, render this locality an agreeable and desirable place of residence. The parade, here, commands a fine and extensive view of the surrounding country, with the ruins of the ancient abbey, which are seen along the side of the hill. At the extremity of this walk are the remains 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 house is a handsome covered building, erected by the corporation in 1826. The market days are held on Tuesday and Saturday; and the fairs on the 14th of April, 12th May, 12th of June, 18th of July, 4th and 23rd of September and 18th of October. By the returns to parliament for 1831, the three parishes, or town of Haverfordwest, contained (including the Hamlet of St. Thomas) 4,024 inhabitants; and by those for 1841 (the last census), 4,601.

POST OFFICE, High Street, Marianne Relly, Post Mistress - Letters from LONDON, BIRMINGHAM, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTER, MONMOUTH, BRECON, CARMARTHEN, ST. CLEARS and NARBERTH, together with those from the whole of SCOTLAND arrive every morning at half past three, and are despatched every night at ten minutes past nine. Letters from MILFORD HAVEN, CARDIGAN, ST. DAVID'S SOLVA, FISHGUARD and NEWPORT arrive every evening at seven, and are despatched every morning at five. - Letters from PEMBROKE and IRELAND arrive every morning at half past one, and are despatched every night at half past eight.

NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY.

ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS

Not otherwise described are Day Schools.

AGENTS.

(See also Fire, &c. Office Agents.)

ARCHITECTS & BUILDERS

ATTORNEYS

AUCTIONEERS

BAKERS

BANKERS

BLACKSMITHS

BOOKSELLERS & STATIONERS

BOOT & SHOE MAKERS.

BREWERS

BRIGHTSMITHS

BUILDERS.

See Architects and Builders

BUTCHERS

BUTTER MERCHANTS.

CABINET MAKERS.

CARPENTERS AND JOINERS.

CHINA, GLASS & DEALERS.

CHYMISTS AND DRUGGISTS

COACH MAKERS.

COAL & CULM MERCHANTS.

CONFECTIONERS.

CONVEYANCERS.

COOPERS.

CORK CUTTERS.

CORN MERCHANTS

CURRIERS AND LEATHER SELLERS

DYERS.

FIRE, &. OFFICE AGENTS. (In alphabetical order by agent's names, original listed by name of company)

FURRIERS.

GLOVERS AND TAWERS.

GROCERS AND TEA DEALERS

(See also Shopkeepers, &c.)

HAIR DRESSERS

HAT MANUFACTURERS

HOP & SEED MERCHANTS

HORSES & GIGS-OWNERS OF,

FOR HIRE

INNS & HOTELS.  (In alphabetical order by landlord's names, original listed by name of place)

(See also Taverns & Public Houses)

IRONMONGERS.

LIME BURNERS.

LINEN & WOOLLEN DRAPERS.

MALTSTERS.

MILLERS.

MILLINERS & DRESSMAKERS

NEWSPAPER.

NURSERY & SEEDSMEN.

PAINTERS, PLUMBERS, AND GLAZIERS.

PAPER MANUFACTURER.

PORTER MERCHANTS.

PRINTERS-LETTER-PRESS.

See under the head Booksellers.

PROFESSORS & TEACHERS.

ROPE AND TWINE MAKERS.

SADDLERS.

SHOPKEEPERS & DEALRS IN GROCERIES & SUNDRIES.

SPIRIT MERCHANTS.

(See also Wine & Spirit Merchants,)

STAY MAKERS.

STONE MASONS.

STRAW HAT MAKERS.

SURGEONS.

SURVEYORS & LAND AGENTS

(See also Agents)

TAILORS.

TALLOW CHANDLERS.

TANNERS

TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES.

TIMBER MERCHANTS

TIN-PLATE WORKERS

WATCH & CLOCK MAKERS

WHARFINGERS

WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANTS

(See also Spirit Merchants)

WIRE WORKERS

MISCELLANEOUS BUILDINGS

MISCELLANEOUS

UNION POOR-HOUSE

REGISTRARS

MAIL, &c.

CARRIERS.

CONVEYANCE BY WATER.

To BRISTOL, calling at Tenby, the Star Steam Packet, every Tuesday & Friday during the summer months; in winter on Fridays only - John Hitchings, agent, Quay Street.

COASTING VESSELS.

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