Social Life - capturing social aspects of life in times gone by


Pembroke Carnival memories

The photograph above right shows a float in Frankie Collins' field circa 1945-6. The 5/- family allowance had just been introduced to give every family in Britain a weekly payment for all children except the eldest (originally intended to be eight or nine shillings).

The image above left includes girls Vicky Fogwell, Thelma Phillips and Rosemary Bevan. Can you add more names?


Equality and Votes for Women

A hundred years ago women were mostly treated as second-class citizens. They had few rights: a female teacher had to give up her job if she got married; and divorce was something only wealthy men could afford to arrange and pay for, often keeping the children.

Emmeline Pankhurst is understood to have visited Pembroke Dock shortly before the First World War, and supportive women in the area would have turned out to cheer the visitors, meet them and sign petitions. This vehicle (left) is standing outside the Stephens Engineering Works on East Back, and is kitted out ready to join the occasion.


Lakefield Joinery Outings

Lakefield Joinery was a big concern situated opposite the old Monkton School, which has now been demolished.

The photograph on the right was taken at Freshwater West.



Holidays - summers spent at Freshwater West, East and Angle

This tin hut on wheels is a true forunner of the caravan. It belongs to the Stephens family and was towed to Freshwater West from Pembroke in the very early 1900s. It was positioned in the sand dunes, having been modified for family occupation and even included a kitchen.


Pembroke Dock celebrations

There are many fascinating Pembroke Dock photographs of processions and carnivals.


A forerunner of the holiday coach

This wonderful open topped omnibus was known as a Dreadnought, and took local trippers on outings such as visits to St Davids, Freshwater East and Tenby. It had been brought down from Glasgow by Archibald Stephens.

St Daniel's Hill posed a problem on outings to the south of the county. The bus had only one gear and a gravity feed tank, so had been known to have to go uphill backwards!


Early Taxi - St Michaels Square

This handsome vintage taxi car is shown near St Michael's Square, with Corbett Stephens standing in front. The taxi service would make regular trips to and from the Railway Station, amongst other journeys.


Early women drivers

There were several Pembroke women who were pioneers in their own right in the early 1900s, and this included being 'girls around town' on motor cycles, and also driving the new and fashionable early motor cars.

These gloves and goggles (left) belonged to Peter Hurlow-Jones' aunt, who was possibly the first woman to drive in the county. She lived in East Back in the house which was later to become Cartref Nursing Home (now closed).

Early Postal Service

The St David's Post Office photograph shown on the right was taken in 1902. Two ponies are pulling a trap, which is being loaded with strong Gladstone bags full of post to be taken to the nearest railway station or to Fishguard harbour.

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A Popular Rail Service - fast, friendly and affordable

Left: a steam engine on the Tenby to Pembroke Dock line and pulling a mixture of carriages. The photograph dates from about 1932. These were the days of the personal touch: former Pembroke occupant Ceri Addis remembers being sent to Pembroke Station when a child to tell them to hold the train - her Auntie Em couldn't find her gloves but was on her way!

Mary Williams, whose father was the Pembroke Stationmaster, recalls [under construction....]