In the course of this project we will be researching Modern Times; we are in the process of interviewing our senior citizens, collecting memories, stories and photographs, collating research and working with others in the field. Much has been lost, but it is still not too late to piece together a picture of life in late Victorian and 20th century Pembroke.
Work done so far on our oral history project has already resulted in a collection of memories and images depicting a way of life long gone and a time of rapid change in Pembroke; from a time, at the turn of the century, when horses were the main mode of transport rather than the motor car.
The changing face of Main Street
Businesses and the people who lived here have all changed; but one thing which hasn't changed is that the Main Street is special. It remains the main street (as its name suggests), and the only shopping street. But most to be regretted is the total demise of the port.
The Kathleen and May, pictured here alongside the North Quay, was the last ship to use the port in the early 1950s.
The geography of Pembroke has changed greatly during the course of the Twentieth century. Indeed, until the Second World War Pembroke was largely still confined within its walls, and the mediaeval layout of the burgage plots was almost intact. The image below shows Pembroke around the mid Twentieth century.
Pembroke, unlike Pembroke Dock, was left unscathed by the blitz of the Second World War. It was after this War that Pembroke was to change most dramatically; the post war years saw a huge expansion with houses spilling out way beyond the boundaries of the orginal town. The photograph below illustrates this. After the Second World War a huge, but greatly needed, council house estate was built on The Green on the opposite shore to the Castle. Another council estate was created at Monkton in the 1960s; a great deal of old Monkton was destroyed in order to accommodate this new development.
In 1972 Pembroke was designated a Conservation Area in recognition of its national historic importance and architectural merit.