Historical items

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Model Coronation Coach

This is a small metal model of the State Coronation Coach which carried Queen Elizabeth II to her coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953. The State Coach was built in 1762 and has been used since then for every coronation from George IV.

Less than 10cm long, these delightful models were given at the time to many school children in England, a rather pleasing option to the usual commemorative mugs.



Musket Balls

These musket balls were found in soil in the garden of a north Main Street property in the centre of town, and probably date back to the time of the English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell.

They are approximately 12mm to 20mm in diameter and were the main ammunition of the day. They were fired from a musket, which was a muzzle-loaded smooth bore firearm. from the shoulder by infantry soldiers.


Loch Shiel whisky - the 1949 Ealing comedy film 'Whisky Galore' was based on this event off the Angle shores

This photograph shows the neck of one of the original bottles 'rescued' from the wreck of the Loch Shiel which went aground in treacherous seas on the rocks near Thorn Island in 1894. The ship was carrying a cargo of Scotch whisky, gunpowder and beer on board and was on its way from Scotland to Adelaide. As the weather rapidly deteriorated the vessel sought shelter in the local haven, but never made the calmer waters. Much of the whisky was never recovered, having been spirited(!) away by locals, and stories about the incident abound to this day. This bottle (left) was one of three found in the attic of one of Angle's public houses - the other two were drunk on special occasions and thoroughly enjoyed.



Brown Paper Bag Sleeve from Backhouse Music Shops

Backhouse music shops had premises in Pembroke Dock and Milford Haven as well as in the middle of Pembroke Main Street for some time. This bag is about nine inches across and the outline of the vinyl record that it held can still be seen today. It also displays an advert for the business - stating 'Pianoforte and Gramophone Dealer'; and under the image of a gramophone player the words, '"His Masters Voice", Columbia and all the Latest Records'.


Priory Cave, Monkton

These artifacts, now housed in Cardiff Museum, are very important finds from Priory Cave, which is sometimes refered to as Cats Hole Cave. The finds date back over 4,500 years.

The cave was excavated in 1908 by two Pembroke men, and was found to stretch over 120 feet into the limestone rock. Finds include human and animal remains, flints, and a rare bronze-age hoard which can be seen at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. The finds include a late bronze-age saw dated from between 800 to 400 BCE, a chisel and an axe-head.


Set of First World War Medals

This set of First World War medals was presented to a member of the Royal Marines. The importance of this award and those to all servicemen is largely forgotten today. Perhaps these pages will be a way of recording the bravery of men and women with local connections so that their memory will not be lost.

Mr. Tony Thomas, for example, has pointed out that Lieutenant John Aldridge Roch was awarded the M.C., but has no church headstone despite his immense bravery. The award was made for leading his pack transport throught heavy enemy barrages gas attacks to ensure that his company were never short of ammunition. Despite bombing and the loss of horses and men, Lieutenant Roch's prompt action saved much suffering, and inspired hope and confidence in his compatriots.


Earthenware bottles

Until porcelain was very widely used most pottery was made of earthenware, which was often glazed for both decorative and practical reasons. Unglazed earthenware is porous and therefore would be unsuitable for storing liquids.

Earthenware such as these two little pots were produced on a mass scale, though as can be seen from the picture each one was slightly different in colour. They were used as inkwells and would have had stoppers, which have since been lost.


New Testament

This is a pocket-sized New Testament. A copy was given to every member of the armed forces as they went to fight in the Second World War.

There is a message from King George VI at the front, and the books were small enough to be carried on the person and into battle. The words were intended to offer comfort and strength to soldiers and, as in this one, many soldiers would have written their favourite words of inspiration inside it.



Llewelyn Dairy copper impress

These stamps were produced to promote the company's dairy production equipment. A wide range of goods were manufactured for use in the dairy trade, and the butter churn on the left was known as 'Llewelyn's Victory Churn'. The company was based in Narberth; but these stamps were found in a Pembroke attic.