The Darklin (Dark Lane or Northgate Street), Goose's Lane and New Way
The Darklin - officially known as Northgate Street
The Darklin is so called because it refers back to a time when the lane leading up the hill from the great North Gate was so narrow (with houses and pubs either side) that it was dark and dangerous.
Today the road is named Northgate Street, or Dark Lane; and once the Norman North Gate was removed around 1820 it was able to deal with the increased traffic that resulted from the fast-expanding nearby town of Pembroke Dock.
Old images of Northgate Street/Dark Lane or Darklin - the scene looking up towards the Golden Lion Hotel (now The Cake Shop) has changed little in over one hundred and fifty years though the Mill has long gone, burnt down in the 1950s.
The New Way
The New Way was improved over 100 years ago after complaints that it was smelly, dirty and in need of a proper footpath. In more recent times the cottages at the bottom were removed, but as can be seen in the photograph below they were once sound and cared for.
Goose's Lane roughly follows the line of the old town wall, and a remnant can be seen at the very bottom. Geese were walked down to the Commons where livestock fairs were held, and it has also been recorded that once they were fattened up on the lush grass there, some geese were walked miles to other markets after having their feet tarred in order to protect them.
Another defending tower originally existed here at the bottom of Goose's Lane hill but only a very small section of its original wall is now visible.
We have no old images which show old Goose's Lane or the people who lived there. If you can help and are willing to share your photograph please do get in touch. We have some memory snippets however, and these will be added to the website as time goes by. For example
- Eric Gwyther remembers when the cottage towards the top of Goose's Lane was a hive of activity each Monday evening. In those days Pembroke Rugby Club had no clubhouse, so the Club's all-male committee met in the cottage's tiny front room in order to choose the coming Saturday's team. The men then repaired to The Eastgate pub where the team names were put up for the players to see.