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Pigot & Co. South Wales directory for 1830

The information  below relating to Milford Haven 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.

MILFORD HAVEN

Is a market-town and sea-port, in the parish of Steynton and hundred of Rhoose or Rhos, and county of Pembroke: 257 miles from London, 146 from Bristol, 8 from Haverfordwest, and 7 from Pembroke. The town is situated on a large arm of the sea, and consists of three streets running parallel with each other from east to west, on the side of a hill. The harbour is of an oblong figure, about ten miles in length and from one to two in breadth: having five bays, 10 creeks, and 13 roads - the whole, for anchorage, being considered the best and safest in Great Britain.

The Haven is navigable for any ships in the world, and is capable of containing all the Royal navy and vessels of the nation, without incommoding each other; from hence, too, by favour of the strong and extraordinary high tides, they can proceed to sea, almost with any wind, more speedily than from any other considerable port in the kingdom, and without being delayed by the baffling winds so frequent in the Channel.

These advantages seem to point out Milford Haven as one of the best stations for the Royal navy; but (owing most probably to the dock-yards being already established, at a vast expense, in other places) there has been but little use made of one of the most naturally-favoured harbours in the world.

The inadequate share of prosperity and importance, which has been attached to the local facilities of Milford, has lately been seriously invaded, - it having been found necessary to remove the dock-yard higher up the river, to a place called Pater; and the post-office steam-packet establishment is likewise about to be deprived of, in favour of the same place: the effect of these regulations, so injurious to Milford, has already began to be felt, as upwards of 50 families will have to remove; and the final, if not rapid decay of the place, is fearfully anticipated.

At present there is a Lazaret establishment, upon a very extensive scale, having nine sail of large vessels, amongst which is the old Ville de Paris.

The principal exports of the place are stone-coal, for drying malt, of which great quantities are shipped for London and the different ports on the Bristol channel; also limestone and culm, of which large cargoes are sent coastwise, and also to North Wales.

The chief government of the town is in a resident magistrate; and a court leet is held annually, under the lord of the manor, the Hon. Captain Robert Fulk Greville.

The places for divine worship are, the church ( a handsome building), or rather a chapel of ease to the mother church at Steynton (of which the Rev. Thomas Brigstocke is minister); and four chapels for dissenters.

The charities are comprised in several schools for instructing the children of the poor free of expense, and a well-supported institution for assisting poor women in child-birth. The vicinity of Milford boasts several handsome mansions of the gentry.

The sports of the field draw together a large assemblage of gentlemen in the proper season; and two fine packs of hounds are kept by W.H.Sconefield, Esq., and George Rock.Esq.

The country around here is hilly, and the prospect chiefly interesting from the fine expanse of water; the shores rising into hills, which are unornamented by wood and unbroken into crags, their sameness would fail in delighting the eye, were the general scene not enlivened by the constant arrival and departure of vessels of various size.

The markets are held on Tuesday and Saturday, in a commodious covered market-place; an annual fair is held on the 1st of August. The parish of Steynton contained, in 1821, 2,405 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, Edward Pritchard, Post Master - Letters from all parts arrive every morning at half-past five, and are despatched every evening at half-past seven.

Letters from Ireland arrive every afternoon, and are despatched every morning at half-past five.

GENTRY AND CLERGY

ACADAMIES AND SCHOOLS

AGENTS

ANCHOR & SHIPSMITHS

BAKERS

BLACKSMITHS

BLOCK & PUMP MAKERS

BOOT & SHOE MAKERS

BUTCHERS

CARPENTERS

COOPERS

FLOUR DEALERS

GROCERS AND DRAPERS

HARDWARE DEALERS

INNS AND HOTELS

IRONMONGERS

MERCHANTS

MILLINERS & DRESSMAKERS

PAINTERS

PHYSICIANS

PROVISION DEALERS

SADDLERS

SHIP BUILDERS

SHOPKEEPERS

SPIRIT DEALERS

STONE MASONS

STRAW HAT MAKERS

SURGEONS

TAILORS

TALLOW CHANDLERS

TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES

MISCELLANEOUS

CUSTOM HOUSE

COACHES

CONVEYANCE BY WATER

Post office Establishment

Steam Packets.

Coasting traders

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