Newspaper extracts for Haverfordwest
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- From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser 17th February 1854
HAVERFORDWEST. POLICE STATISTICS.—We have been furnished with the subjoined facts illustrative of the state of crime in this town:—Police apprehensions in 1851, 220; in 1852, 178; and in 1853,162. In 1853, there were 15 charges of felony, out of which there were 9 convictions; for cutting and wounding there were two commitments, and one conviction; for perjury there were two commitments, and one conviction. The other charges were for drunkenness and common assaults.
HAVERFORDWEST MONTHLY CATTLE MARKET.—The usual Monthly Cattle Market was held in the Showyard, on Wednesday last. The show of Fat Cattle on offer was not large, but of superior quality to those at Camrose Fair on Monday, and the prices did not go so high. At Camrose, the average price was 53s. the hundred weight, and at this market 51s. the hundred weight. All that were in any sense fit for the knife sold quickly. There were but few Sheep and Pigs exposed for sale. The sheep were in good condition, and sold at 7d. and 7½d. per lb.—an advance on the late high rates. Pigs sold at 8s. 6d. a score. There was by no means a good attendance of buyers: we, however, noticed several butchers and dealers from Carmarthen, Swansea, and other distant places. The stock they purchased, we understand, was taken off per train immediately after the market.
- From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser 21st April 1854
HAVERFORDWEST. THE FAST DAY.—A Royal Proclamation has been issued, announcing that Wednesday next be set apart as a national day of humiliation and prayer, in connection with the war in which our country is now actively engaged. We doubt not a general suspension of business will take place in this town, in obedience to the Royal precept; and we would call the attention of our readers to a letter on the subject, signed "Ion," which appears in another column.
- From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser 5th May 1854
HAVERFORDWEST. THE extraordinary vicissitudes of the weather during the present season are exceedingly trying to the human constitution. Since our last we have been visited with some timely showers of rain, but accompanied with such a cold temperature as scarcely to be able to promote vegetation beyond a slightly perceptible degree. It was much warmer on Tuesday and Wednesday, but yesterday it was again extremely cold for the time of year, and continued so up to the hour of our going to press.
- From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser 14th October 1910
Haverfordwest. Temperance Crusader's Visit. — Under the auspices of the Caer Alun lodge of Good Templars. Mrs. Jennie Walker, who has been described as the Queen of temperance orators, will open a gospel-temperance mission at Haverfordwest on the 31st inst. The mission will extend for four days and will be brought to a close with a lecture by Mrs. Walker on "Woman's power, place and rights."
- From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser 19th August 1870
HAVERFORDWEST REGATTA. We mentioned in our report of this meeting last week that the All Comers' Race for 30 feet gigs would be run over again in consequence of a collision which took place between the Mystery and the Wild Fire. The Judges appointed Saturday evening for the race, when four boats—the Novice, the Wild Fire, the Mystery, and the Secret—put in an appearance. The Novice was at once objected to, because her crew was not composed of the same men as rowed in the race at the regatta. The objection produced a long and loud war of words between the crews, and we regret to say that language of the worst description was used. The objection against the Novice prevailed, ....... (Part extract.)......
- From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser 29th December 1865
HAVERFORDWEST HARRIERS. "SiR,—This pack had a capital run on Friday, Dec. 22nd. The meet was at Keeston Bridge, drew down the valley to Morgan's Bridge, then on to Dipples Moor, where 'Blucher' went into a small furze bush and out jumped a fox in view of the whole pack. Away they went full cry to Rosemary, across the brook at Tucking Mill, (where several of the field were thrown out) skirting Dudwell, Stack Park, and Cuffern where he turned sharp to the right, back over Dudwell to Robeston, where we had our first check owing to some sheep fouling the scent, but Baronet soon hit him off again, across the road to Thorn Bush and Have, where he again turned to the right through Haysford, down the road to Wolfsdale, on to Bunkers Hill, down to South Hill Ford, across the river little above St. Catherine's Bridge as if pointing for Windy Hill but turning to the left he went over Hook, Southleys, on to the Three Taverns where be again crossed the river close to Treffgarne Bridge then over Barns Hill, where owing to the shouting of some labourers we lost him, being only one field in front of the hounds the second time we crossed the river. Time two hours and twenty minutes. Amongst those who were in the first flight were Messrs Summers, (four) Fletcher, Skone, Davies, &c. Yours, &c, A SUBSCRIBER. "
- From the Evening Express (Extra Special Edition) 22nd April 1901
Haverfordwest. Our Haverfordwest correspondent was informed to-day by Mr. Richard A. G. James, superintendent registrar at Haverfordwest, that the result of the census at Haverfordwest showed the population as 6,007. In 1891 the number was 6,179. The population of the town has, therefore, again decreased by 172.
- From the Evening Express (Pink Edition) 18th October 1899
HAVERFORDWEST. Haverfordwest Fair was held at St. Thomas' Green Fair Ground, Haverfordwest, on Tuesday, and was well attended. Business in the cattle market was not brisk, however, and prices were down. Fat cattle, nevertheless, are scarce in the country. There was not much demand for sheep, which sold at 6¼d. to 6½d. per lb. Good yearling cattle sold for from £7 to £8, while two-year-olds fetched about £10. There was some demand for horses, and a great many sales were effected. Colts ranged in price from £l6 to £18, while cart horses sold for from £26 to £ 35.
- From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 13th November 1895
HAVERFORDWEST. BILLIARD TABLE FOR THE LIBERAL CLUB.— Messrs Boroughes and Watts on Tuesday completed the erection of a billiard table on the premises of the above club. This should contribute materially to the success of the institution, which now has close upon 300 members.
TOWN COUNCIL.—The adjourned annual meeting of the borough Corporation was held on Monday evening, his Worship the Mayor presiding. In connection with the purchase of land at Little Newcastle for the purposes of the new gravitation water supply, Alderman Rule Owen said be thought the price of £1,000 paid was too high, and intimated that had he been present when the resolution was adopted at the last meeting he should have opposed it. — The board accountant submitted a statement showing the financial position of the borough. From it, it appeared that the gas account was overdrawn to the extent of £1,702 sanitary account, £2,346 and water account, £2.460, making a total overdraft of £6,508. Deducting the balance at the credit of the borough account of £ 369, the net overdraft is £ 6,139. The accountant estimated that at the end of the ensuing quarter that sum would be reduced by between £400 and £500.-00 the motion of Alderman J. James, it was resolved to make application to the Local Government Board for a provisional order to enable the Council to carry out the scheme contemplated for a gravitation water supply for the town under the provisions of the Public Health Act.
- From the South Wales Daily News 7th April 1891
HAVERFORDWEST. The census papers, which were duly distributed in this district during last week, are being collected to-day, and 36 enumerators have been appointed for the purpose. The Deputy-Registrar (Mr E. H. Ellis) has under his supervision 16 parishes, and the enumerators have to make their returns to him by the 13th inst. The population of this town at the last census was 6,400, and it is generally believed that the returns this year will record only a very small, if any, increase on that number.
- From the South Wales Daily News 29th June 1891
HAVERFORDWEST. A DOG HIS ONLY COMPANION.—At the Roose petty sessions, held at the Shire-hall. Haverfordwest, on Saturday, George Hutchins, described as an elderly man in poor circumstances, was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence. The defendant did not appear.—P.C. Evans (25) proved the offence.—Superintendent Francis said the defendant had been twice previously convicted for the same offence, the fines in each case never haying been paid.—The Clerk (Mr James Price) said the defendant was very poor. and had petitioned the Crown, with the result that the Secretary of State had remitted the fine and costs on the last occasion.—Mr James Phillips (speaking from the bench) said the defendant was very poor, and lived alone. The dog was the only companion he had in the world.—Several members of the bench expressed their willingness to subscribe the amount of the costs in the present case, and also to pay the licence for the defendant, who was then mulcted in a fine of 5s, without costs.
- From the South Wales Daily News (Third Edition) 11th January 1893
HAVERFORDWEST. THE DISTRESSED.—At a public meeting held at the Shire-hall. Haverfordwest, on Monday, the Mayor presiding, it was unanimously resolved that, in view of the great distress prevailing amongst the poor of the town, consequent upon the severe weather, relief in fuel be immediately granted. District Committees for carrying the provisions of the resolution into effect formed, with the Mayor as chairman and Mr F. W. Lewis, North-crescent, as general secretary.
- From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph and General… 29th March 1916
HAVERFORDWEST. A meeting of the Haverfordwest Borough Tribunal, under the Military Service Act, was held, at the Council Chamber, on Wednesday, Mr. R. T. P. Williams, presiding. There were also present: The Mayor (Councillor R. Sinnett). Alderman T. H. Thomas. Messrs. T. Randle Dawkins. C. C. i Saies, G. H. Lleweilin, and T. H. Morgan, with Major W. G. Eaton-Evans military representative) Mr. Wm. Thomas (clerk). There were 20 applications. 17 or which were in respect of married men, but two were withdrawn, and another application was not dealt with as applicant had not attested and was also in a reserved occupation. ...... (part extract)..........
- From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph and General… 27th April 1910
HAVERFORDWEST INSTITUTE MORE POPULAR THAN EVER. ANNUAL MEETING. The annual 'general meeting of the subscribers and members of the Haverfordwest Men's Institute was held on Friday evening. Mr Isaiah Reynolds presided over both gatherings. There was a large attendance and at the meeting of subscribers the following gentlemen were elected to represent the subscribers on the executive committee:—Messrs J. LI. Phillips, A. B. Williams, William John (senior), W. B. W. John, and Colin Campbell. The election is for a period of three years. Addressing the members afterwards in the billiard room, the Chairman referred to the auspicious circumstances in which they met that night. The membership had greatly increased, and if members canvassed young men in the next twelve months he believed the membership would be doubled. That would mean a great improvement in their financial position. ..... (part extract).........
- From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph and General…9th September 1908
Haverfordwest Guardians. DIETARY OF THE INMATES. PEA SOUP INSTEAD OF FISH. FISH WASTED. The Clerk brought forward a recommendation made by the Medical Officer in favour of a change in the dietary of the inmates. At present the inmates bad fish on Fridays, and the Doctor, finding that most of the fish was wasted, recommended that pea soup be substituted for fish for dinner on that day. On the motion of Mr W. G. Eaton E vans, the recommendation was adopted.
- From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph and General… 22nd July 1914
HAVERFORDWEST. PLAYING GAMES ON SUNDAYS. Thomas Bowen, labourer, Merlin's Hill; Arthur Jones, labourer, Merlin's Hill; James Jones, labourer, Milford Road; Joseph Griffiths, groom, Albert Street; and William Drinning, labourer, Church Street; were summoned for playing banker on Sunday. All the defendants, except Drinning, appeared and admitted the offence. P.S. Davies said that on Sunday evening, July 5th, he found the defendants playing cards in Jury Lane. He kept observation on them for about ten minutes, during which time he observed that they were playing for money. When witness made himself known some of the defendants ran away. The Clerk "What were the stakes ?" Witness: "Coppers". In answer to the bench, witness said that games bad been carried on in this particular place every Sunday for some time past, but it was the first time the defendants had been caught. Defendants expressed regret for what had happened. The Mayor said the defendants could spend their Sunday evenings in a much better way than in playing cards, but having regard to their antecedents and to the fact that this was their first appearance in court the case would be dismissed. He hoped that would serve as a warning.