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"MILFORD, a newly created borough, sea-port, and market town, in the parish of STEYNTON, hundred of RHS, county of PEMBROKE, SOUTH WALES, 6 miles (N.W.) from Pembroke, 8 (S.S.W.) from Haverfordwest, and 256 (W.) from London: the population is returned with the parish. This town, which is celebrated for the spacious and commodious haven to which it gives name, is said to have derived its appellation from a stream which turned a mill anciently belonging to a priory, about a mile from the present town, and over which there was a ford, prior to the erection of a bridge at this place. It was in the famous haven of Milford that Henry II. embarked with the troops which he had assembled for the conquest of Ireland; and here also he landed, on his return from that expedition. In the reign of Henry IV., an army of twelve thousand men, which had been sent from France to the assistance of Owain Glyndwr, in his insurrection against the authority of that monarch, landed at this place, from which they marched to the siege of Haverfordwest, and afterwards to that of Carmarthen. . ." [From A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (S. Lewis, 1833).]

Business and Commerce Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


The 1851 census has been indexed by Dyfed Family History Society.

Census Returns have the following LDS Call Numbers:

Church History

MILFORD HAVEN, St. Catherine   1866-1868    - on the Church plans online site

Parish entry from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).


Dickman, H.J. "Within these walls": the story of Hill Mountain and Llangwm Wesley Methodist Churches in the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Circuit, Haverfordwest, J.W. Hammond (1981) 51 p.

Church Records

The parish registers start in the year 1808, when the church was consecrated, though the parish was formally separated from Steynton only in 1891.

Parish registers; Christenings (1808-33, 1860-1960), Marriages (1891-1975) Banns (1921-75), Burials (1877-1955) at Pem.RO

For Bishops' Transcripts  and Nonconformist Chapels, see Steynton.

Held at Pem Archives;

See under Steynton parish for details of nonconformist chapels in Milford Haven

Dyfed FHS have published a series of indexes of baptisms, marriages and burials from Pembrokeshire hundreds for various periods.


Woollard, Freda. Nonconformist Records- Milford Haven. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 5/3 April 1995. Some extracts from the register of the Tabernacle[URC] chapel , Charles St, Milford Haven.

Description and Travel

The area within the Milford Haven Waterway and around the Pembrokeshire Islands has been selected as an European Special Area of Conservation, because of the important marine wildlife found in the rocky reefs, the Haven and its estuaries, and its grey seal population. See Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority


Edwards, Jean. Milford Haven : a guide to historical places. [Milford Haven Tourism and Leisure Initiative?], 1994. 15p

John, Brian . Milford Haven Waterway .[Haverfordwest] : Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, 1981. 32p

Milford Haven town, illustrated official guide. Gloucester : British Publishing Co., [1978] 64 p

Milford Haven : official town guide. Haverfordwest : Bruce Harvatt Associates with Milford Haven Tourism and Leisure Initiative, 1994. 48p

Warburton, Jack. Milford Haven in old picture postcards. Netherlands : European Library, 1985. [79]p


Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1830. Here are Extracts for Milford Haven

Pigot & Co. South Wales Directory for 1844. Here are Extracts for Milford Haven and Neighbourhood


Held at the NLW ;

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Jones, Francis. Gelliswick and its Families. Arch. Cambrensis. 1980.

Thorne, Roland G. Thomas Philipps of Milford: Emigrant Extraordinary. National Library of Wales journal. 1977, Summer Volume XX/1


Landing Craft Gun (Large) Numbers 15 & 16, Milford Haven Cemetery - on the Roll of Honour site

Milford Haven RAF Plaque (War Memorial)   - on the Roll of Honour site

Milfordf Haven Thornton Cemetery Memorial - on the Roll of Honour site

Brett, Alfred. Milford Haven : its importance as a mail steam packet station for Panama and other oceanic services London : Edward Stanford, 1859. 12p

Cennick, John. The hidden treasure. Being the substance of a discourse delivered at Philbatch on the Milford-Haven ... 1753. Edition 5th ed. London : H. Trapp, 1791. pp. 16

Coad, J.G. The Royal Dockyards, 1690-1850, Aldershot, Scolar (1989) 399 p.

Edwards, Sybil. The Story of the Milford Haven Waterway - The Good Times and The Bad Times. 2001.

Fowler, John Coke. An essay on the advantages of Milford Haven as a commercial port of national importance : for which the first prize was awarded at the National Eisteddfod held at Carmarthen, 1867 Carmarthen : Published at the 'Welshman' office, 1868. 62 p

Gilpin, M.C. Population Changes Round the Shores of Milford Haven from 1800 to the Present Day.   Field Studies Vol 1 No 2, pp. 23-36. 1960

Linnard, William. Guest of the Royal Navy : a crossing to Milford Haven in 1784. Maritime Wales = Cymru a'r Mr 10 (1986), p. 69-75

McKay, K D. A Vision of Greatness - The History of Milford 1790-1990 .

McKay, Ken/Springer,George.  Milford Haven: waterway & town. Images of Wales series, Tempus, 1999. Here is an index by Mary Bryceland

Pepler, Jonathan. . Milford Haven shipping, 1881. Maritime Wales = Cymru a'r Mr 9 (1985), p. 122-33

Rees, J.F. The Story of Milford, Cardiff, University of Wales Press (1954) 149 p.

Thomas, Flora. Builders of Milford. Printed by The Western Telegraph, Haverfordwest, no date but information supplied by a third party suggests originally at least pre 1920. Mainly about Greville & the Quaker settlers of Milford Haven. The book is mentioned at the bottom of the Pembrokeshire Archives page on the Starbuck family of Nantucket Island and Milford Haven

Williams, John. A prize essay on the superior advantages of Milford Haven as a commercial harbour of national importance. Cardiff : Wood's Steam Printing and Lithographic Works, 1879. 45 p

Woollard, Freda. Belgian Refugees in Milford Haven, 1914-1919 and 1939-1945. Dyfed FHS journal, Vol 5/9 April 1997.

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Merchant Marine

The People's Collection Wales site has material for this parish, use the onsite search box

Milford Steam Trawlers - Barry Johnson's site

Milford Haven Port Authority

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


Best in the west : spotlight on Milford Haven. Coastguard (October 1991), p. 17-22

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


The Development of Secondary Education in Milford Haven 1902 - 1964  (Word 97 doc 436kb).   Author: Barry Johnson, presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree
of M.Ed.UCW (1st August 1974)     (See also Appendix 1 Graph on separate 287kb .gif file)

Held at Pem.RO


Jones, Barbara. Milford Haven Grammar School 1896-1988   Milford Haven School, 1989. 168p

Social Life and Customs

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;


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