Welcome to the Pembroke Story Website..
This website seeks to to share with everyone all aspects of Pembroke memories, places and people, and to explore the long and prestigious history of Pembroke. The Pembroke Story project, along with the creation of a burgage plot Journey Though Time are heritage projects which have been instigated by 21C Community Association in partnership with members of the Tabernacle Chapel in Main Street . The Tabernacle's town walls and limekiln have also been chosen for the pilot scheme project of the Town Walls Trust.
Pembroke, which gave its name to the present county of Pembrokeshire, is a unique medieval walled town complete with a magnificent castle dating back to the 11th century. Incomers from many parts of Europe form part of our story: the Celts, Romans, Vikings, Flemish and Normans to name but a few. Pembroke is also special because the indomitable castle was the birthplace of Henry VII, the founder of the Tudor dynasty.
The origins of the story stretch back into prehistory when roughly seven thousand years ago the first incomers set up home all over south Pembrokeshire, including in Cat's Hole Cave and Wogan's Cavern. Until the arrival of the Normans, early Welsh would have been spoken here, and for over three hundred years the native tongue was then Norman French.
For centuries the town was a centre of commerce - a thriving port and agricultural centre. Today it is a good place to live and a superb tourist destination, full of stories of all kinds. There is so much to find out about this fascinating town and the people who lived here; and that is what this website is all about.
A Home For The Story
We are delighted to have found a home for The Pembroke Story and its old Main Street 'Dolly Mixture' project at the Tabermacle in Main Street. Family and community are still strong in Pembroke. The term 'within living memory' can cover a span of more than a hundred years, and so people's memories, experiences and stories are recorded here both to celebrate lives and to share them with as many people as possible.
Monthly 'memory sharing' events will resume in the Tabernacle meeting room once the current building renovations are completed, so that we can continue to gather information and photographs, and learn about times past. It is also the base for the 'everyday work' of the volunteers involved, and at various times a variety of photographic displays can be seen in the Tabernacle chapel and in Foundry House.
People to thank
A large number of people have contributed to The Pembroke Story in a wide variety of ways, and we are very grateful to each and every one of them. More details will be found on the 'Who We Are' page of the 'About Us' section of the main menu.
This entire project is a work in progress. It is also important to note that this is just the beginning - there is a vast amount of information to be uploaded to this website and this will be done over time. The site is designed in a way that contributions can and will be added continuously; so if you would like to contribute a picture, a snippet or story do please get in touch - details can be found on the Contact Us page.