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Pigot & Co. South Wales directory for 1844

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

Tenby

Is a market town, contributory borough and sea-port, in the parish of Saint Mary, county of Pembroke; 242 miles w. from London, 10s. from Narberth, and the like distance east from Pembroke; pleasantly situated on the west side of Carmarthen Bay, upon a point or neck of land running out into the sea---protected on the south, by the islands of Caldy and Saint Margaret, from the waves of the Atlantic and Saint Georges channel.

Tenby appears to have been a place of great strength, from the remains of its walls, towers, and castle, the latter a venerable remnant of antiquity. The present town consists for the most part of one long winding, well-paved street, of good breadth. The principal advantages enjoyed by Tenby over other seabathing places, consist in the variety of its aspect and delightful views, the strength and clearness of the salt water the firmness and extent of its sands, purity of its air, and freedom from the smoke of works, and the noise and confusion of more frequented sea-ports. Almost every convenience and accommodation appropriate to a watering-place may be obtained in Tenby: there are reading and news-rooms, good libraries, baths of all kinds, comfortable lodging-houses, in pleasant situations, together with excellent inns --- suitable either to the economical tourist or fashionable visitor.Among the improvements effected within these few years, is lighting the town with gas.

The principal trade carried on here is in exporting oysters, in the shell and pickled in small jars, of which great quantities are shipped annually; the largest oysters in Great Britain or Ireland are obtained in Caldy-bed, between that island and Tenby. Mines of stone-coal and culm are worked within three and four miles hence; and iron - ore has also been found near the coal mines.

Tenby is governed by a mayor, four aldermen and twelve councillors, with the usual assistant officers. The borough is exempt from the jurisdiction of the sheriff of the county, having two sheriffs of its own, called bailiffs, who are elected annually by the burgesses.Sessions are held four times a year, before the magistrates of the borough; and courts for the recovery of debts, &c. to any amount above 40s. monthly, and every fortnight for sums under 40s.: the mayor for the time being is lord of the manor, and judge of both these courts, and holds a court-leet and view of frank pledge at Lady-day and Michaelmas.This borough shares, with Pembroke and other places (named in the description of the latter town), in the selective franchise.

The church, which stands in the centre of the town is supposed to be the largest parish church in Wales; it has a square tower, surmounted by a lofty spire of white freestone, serving as an excellent and conspicuous sea-mark. The living is a rectory, in the gift of the Crown. There are places of worship for dissenters; a school conducted on the national plan, and one for infants. The corporation have two charities under their control, both for the decayed housekeepers; to one of these is attached a fund for apprenticing poor children.

The land around the town is mountainous, and not remarkably productive; but the views are very pleasing, and the north east aspect of the town has an extensive prospect over the whole of Carmarthen bay, seen beyond its own beautiful cliffs and promontories.

The markets are held on Wednesday and Saturday; and the fairs, on the 4th of May, at Whitsuntide, the 31st of July, and two days after; the 2nd of October, and the 4th of December.

The town of Tenby, and parish of St. Mary (within and without the town) contained, by the returns for 1831, 2,128 inhabitants; and by the census for 1841, 2,912.

POST OFFICE, Martha Morgan, Post Mistress.-Letters from all parts arrive every morning at eight, and are despatched every night at eight.

GENTRY AND CLERGY.

ACADEMIES AND SCHOOLS

AGENTS

ATTORNEYS.

BAKERS & FLOUR DEALERS.

BLACKSMITHS.

BOOKSELLERS & STATIONERS.

BOOT AND SHOE MAKERS

BREWERS

BUTCHERS.

CABINET MAKERS

CHYMISTS AND DRUGGISTS.

COAL PROPRIETORS.

CONSUL

FIRE &c. OFFICE AGENTS.

GROCERS AND DEALERS IN SUNDRIES.

HAIR DRESSERS.

INNS AND HOTELS.

(See also Taverns & Public Houses.)

IRONMONGERS.

JOINERS & CARPENTERS.

LINEN AND WOOLLEN DRAPERS

LODGING HOUSE KEEPERS.

MALSTERS.

MILLINERS AND DRESSMAKERS.

PAINTERS, PLUMBERS &c.

SADDLERS

SHIPWRIGHTS.

STONE MASONS.

STRAW HAT MAKERS

SURGEONS

TAILORS

TALLOW CHANDLERS.

TAVERNS & PUBLIC HOUSES.

TOY DEALERS

WINE & SPIRIT DEALERS

Miscellaneous

CARRIERS.

CONVEYANCE BY WATER.

STEAM PACKETS.

TRADERS

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