Great-Grandfather's Little World. Old Pembrokeshire Photographs 1873-1934.


Brian. S. John

The Face of Wales Series, No 6; 1975, Durham

This is a listing of the descriptions (edited) of photographs in the book (Gareth Hicks June 2008)

**My copy of this book was deposited with Glamorgan FHS in April 2022

Preface; "This booklet contains a historical portrait of Pembrokeshire between the years 1873 and 1934, using a collection of 28 old photographs................................"

Old Haverfordwest

  1. An old photograph of "The Rookery" in Quay St, (formerly Ship Street) Haverfordwest
  2. High St, Haverfordwest c 1895 - includes Bisley Munt's shop; and the old surgery
  3. View of Haverfordwest in 1906, as seen  from the Parade - below New Bridge is the sailing vessel 'Water Lily' which brought in  lime stone for Warlow's lime kiln at Lower Prospect Place.
  4. Old barge which carried culm from Hook Quay to Rowlands' Coal-yard near Old Bridge

The Railways

  1. Letterston Station c 1905 - closed in 1965
  2. Neyland railway terminus
  3. The Station, Rosebush (postcard) in 1932

Milford Docks

  1. Milford fish-quay in 1913
  2. Milford Docks in 1921 - vessels include fishing fleet and troop ships

Fisher folk

  1. A Llangwm fisher-woman in typical dress - a common sight in Haverfordwest pre-WWI
  2. Group of Llangwm fisher-women at Tenby in 1890
  3. Some poor cottages inhabited by fisher-folk near Tenby Harbour, c1880
  4. Seine net fishing in Teifi estuary in 1881 (nets used by St Dogmael's fishermen)
  5. Two Cilgerran coracle fishermen c 1880
  6. Coracle fisherman at Blackpool Mill in 1930s
  7. Fishermen with lobster-pots at St Bride's Haven in 1930s

Life on the land

  1. Group of farm labourers mowing hay with scythes in 1898
  2. Horse-works (circular horse driven machinery) on Pembrokeshire farm c 1910
  3. Fair at St Clears c 1900


  1. Bonville's Court Colliery, Saundersfoot (pit-head) - pre 1930 closure
  2. Group of miners from Bonville's Court Colliery (postcard)
  3. Miners travelling on the "Miners' Express" to and from work (train on mineral railway line)
  4. Porthgain harbour, c 1900 -  shows sailing ships and steam vessels used to export crushed stone and slate from local quarries, and bricks from local brickworks
  5. Porthgain harbour - workers constructing new stone quay, c 1903

Sail and steam

  1. Lower Fishguard Harbour showing beached sailing vessels
  2. Royal Yacht "Victoria and Albert" which was launched at Pembroke Dockyard in 1899
  3. HMS "Drake", a 14,000 ton cruiser launched at Pembroke Dockyard in 1901