SUMMER MEETING Haverfordwest Sunday 30th June to Friday 5th July 2019

SUMMER MEETING Haverfordwest through History: Farmers, Merchants, Gentry and Canons  Sunday 30th June to Friday 5th July 2019

Venue: The Wolfscastle Country Hotel, Wolfscastle, Haverfordwest


The history of Haverfordwest and its hinterland makes a fascinating study. The wellpreserved prehistoric sites to the north attest to the importance of the area from earliest times, and recent discoveries of a Roman fort and road reveal how the long arm of Rome extended further west than hitherto realised.  Situated in the southern March, the town was especially important in the medieval period as its castles and churches demonstrate. The long estuary of the Cleddau was a vital point of entry to Britain both for the fishermen and merchants that made the town prosperous, but also for potential invasion through the ages, from Henry Tudor, the French in the interminable 18th and 19th century wars, to the world wars of the last century.     Sunday 30 June 12.30: Wolfscastle Country Hotel.  Lunch (own cost) and Registration 14.00: Walk (or private cars) to local sites: Garne Turne burial chamber, Treffgarne Hillfort and hut circles, Camrose motte and bailey, Rudbaxton Church.  Lecture: The First Farmers: Recent discoveries in the prehistory of Pembrokeshire

Monday 1 July

First Farmers   9.00   Coach departs to Carreg Coetan Arthur and Cerrig y Gof Neolithic burial chambers 10.30 Gors Fawr Bronze Age Stone circle 12.30  Castell Henllys Iron Age and Roman settlement with reconstructions of Roundhouses.  Picnic lunch 16.00  Rosemarket Rath, dovecot and church 17.30  Coach to Wolfscastle Hotel Lecture: Haverfordwest: buildings and harbours of the gentry, townsfolk, merchants, smugglers and pirates

Tuesday 2 July 

Lords, Canons, Merchants and Fishermen 9.00 Coach to Haverfordwest. Walking tour of town to include: Haverfordwest Castle and Town Museum, Site of Town Merchant’s house (removed to St Fagan’s), Priory and Haroldston Tudor house 13.00 Buffet Lunch – Bristol Trader Afternoon –Three  medieval churches, post medieval chapels, Foley House, Higgon’s Well  18.00 Coach to Wolfscastle Hotel Installation of new President and Presidential Address:   Nancy Edwards

Wednesday 3 July

Incomers, Bishops and the Aristocracy  9.00   Coach to Wiston: Roman fort and road; Wiston Castle. 11.00  Llawhaden Castle and medieval hospital 12.00  Coach to Picton Castle  12.30  Buffet lunch at Picton Castle 13.30  Guided tour of Picton Castle, gardens and galleries 16.00  Coach to medieval and Tudor sites in Slebech – old church, Sister’s House, Castell Coch  17.30  Coach to Wolfscastle Hotel

Lecture: The Augustinians in South-west Wales and Haverfordwest Priory excavations

Thursday 4 July

Seamen, Smugglers and Industrialists 9.00   Coach to Carew Castle, early medieval cross, church and tidal mill. 12.30  Lunch at Carew Castle (own cost) 13.30  Carew Tidal Mill 14.30  Cresselly House, Creswell Quay and Cresswell Castle 17.00  Coach to Wolfscastle Hotel AGM  followed by talk on the excavation, dismantling and reconstruction of the Haverfordwest Merchant’s House to St Fagan’s

Friday 5 July

Haverfordwest: Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors 9.00  Coach to Carew Cheriton WWI and II Airfield and Watch tower 11.30 Coach to Pembroke Dock 19th C Defensible Barracks, Martello Towers and Garrison chapel 13.00 Cross Cleddau Bridge with views over Haven 13.30 Coach to Wolfscastle Hotel and lunch Afternoon – optional visit to Scolton Museum, Haverfordwest. Conference disperses.


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