Pembroke Dock Timeline

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  • 1796 Naval Contract for Milford

    In a move which historians agree is difficult to understand, the Navy Board contracted a private Dockyard at Milford to ...
  • 1809 Negotiations at Milford

    The Navy Board, which had been leasing the private Dockyard at Milford on an annual basis, now decided that they ...
  • 1810 A New Proposal

    Pembroke Dock TodayThe Ordnance owned some land further up the Haven from Milford at a place called Paterchurch Point. This site was ...
  • 1814 First Houses

    Front StreetWith the Dockyard development continuing and ships already under construction, attention turned to the provision of proper housing for the ...
  • 1814 The Transfer to Paterchurch

    The last Naval ship to be built in Milford, the Rochefort, was launched and the whole establishment moved to the ...
  • 1815 Royal Assent

    It is unclear how the Navy Board had managed to go so far in the development of the new Dockyard ...
  • 1816 First Ships Launched

    On 10th February 1816 the first two ships built for the Royal Navy in the Dockyard were launched. They were ...
  • 1816 More Streets

    Commercial RowThe Front Street development, begun in 1814, extended and was followed in 1816 by Middle Street (now called King Street), ...
  • 1818 Bethany Chapel

    Bethany ChapelThe Bethany Baptist Chapel, standing at the top of what was then Tregenna's Hill and is now Bellevue Terrace, was ...
  • 1827 The Market

    The MarketAs early as 1819 an Act of Parliament had granted the Navy Board permission to build a Market in Pembroke ...
  • 1831 The Dockyard Chapel

    Garrison ChapelAlso known as the Garrison Chapel, the building was commissioned by the Admiralty as a place of worship for its ...
  • 1832 Hobbs Point Pier

    Hobbs PointHobbs Point Pier was built in a government sponsored scheme with the intention of developing the Packet Service from the ...
  • 1842 Raising Money for Schools

    The National SchoolIn the early years of Pembroke Dock there was no compulsory education system in place in the United Kingdom. Private ...
  • 1843 Royal Yacht Launched

    The Dockyard was commissioned to build a new Royal Yacht for Queen Victoria. The twin-paddle yacht Victoria and Albert was ...
  • 1844 Military Protection

    Defensible BarracksThe Royal Marines who were responsible for the protection of the Dockyard had been quartered in an old ship called ...
  • 1845 The Temperance Movement

    The Pater HallMany workers in the Dockyard were Nonconformists and in favour of the Temperance Movement. In about 1845 the speeches of ...
  • 1845 The Town Spreads

    Meyrick Street, Laws Street, Lewis Street and Bush Street were all developed during the 1840s, following work which had seen ...
  • 1847 St Mary’s Church

    St Marys RC ChurchThe small Roman Catholic community in Pembroke Dock met to worship in a house on King Street. Father Lewis, the ...
  • 1848 A Choice of Schools

    The National School, which had opened in 1845, was enjoying great success but there were concerns that the Nonconformist children ...
  • 1848 Close Quarters Defence

    North East GuntowerTo boost the Dockyard's protection two gun towers were built, one at the south west and one at the north ...
  • 1848 St John’s Church

    St Johns ChurchNonconformist religious needs had already been met by the building of a number of Chapels, and the Roman Catholic Church ...
  • 1853 Gas Lighting is introduced

    The first building in Pembroke Dock to be lit by gas was a chemist shop in Meyrick Street which was ...
  • 1855 Llanion Hut Camp

    During the Crimean War (1853 - 1856) large numbers of troops mustered in Pembroke Dock waiting for embarkation to the ...
  • 1860 The Warrior Causes Concern

    HMS Warrior, the first ever iron clad ship, was launched from a private dockyard, causing real concern about the future ...
  • 1864 Rail Connections

    Railway StationA banquet was held in the Victoria Hotel to celebrate the arrival of the first steam train into Pembroke Dock ...
  • 1877 The Dockyard Class

    Albion SchoolIn the early days of the Dockyard apprentices were taught on the Dragon, the ship which was used to house ...
  • 1880 The Rugby Club

    It wasn't all work! A group of Dockyard workers formed the Pembroke Dock Rugby Club, which still exists today although ...
  • 1899 Water and Drainage

    Milton WaterworksThe growing town was reliant on natural springs and wells for the provision of water. Some of the wells had, ...
  • 1901 Carr Jetty

    Carr JettyDespite its success, Pembroke Dockyard was to fall increasingly out of favour during the latter part of the 19th Century. ...
  • 1902 The Masonic Hall

    On May 20th, 1902 the foundation and corner stones of the Masonic Hall on Bush Street were laid. The Freemasons ...
  • 1904 Buffalo Bill Comes to Town

    The people of the town must have had difficulty believing their eyes when, in May 1904, Buffalo Bill's Wild West ...
  • 1905 Llanion Barracks

    Llanion BarracksThe imposing red-brick Barracks in Llanion, some of which are still standing, were built to replace the Hut Camp which ...
  • 1906 The Future Looks Bleak

    In 1904 Admiral Sir John Fisher had become First Sea Lord. He was the driving force behind the creation of ...
  • 1914 Centenary Celebrations

    Centenary MonumentPembroke Dock's centenary was marked on 15 July 1914 by the unveiling of the centenary monument, a pedestal and gas ...
  • 1914 World War I

    The Memorial ParkJust one month after the town celebrated its Centenary, World War I (1914 - 1918) commenced. A huge influx of ...
  • 1925 A Town in Denial

    On September 2nd it was announced that the Royal Naval Dockyard was to close. Although there had been months, if ...
  • 1926 Royal Dockyard Closes

    Dockyard GatesDespite all the efforts made to reverse the Admiralty's decision, including a petition sent to the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, ...
  • 1931 RAF Pembroke Dock

    Aircraft HangarsAnxious for something to come along and help to revive the town's economy, residents and local tradesmen were no doubt ...
  • 1939 World War II

    CommemorationIn September 1939, immediately on the announcement that Britain was going to war, the Dockyard was reopened. It wasn't going ...
  • 1950s Electric Lighting for all

    Some sources indicate that the Dockyard itself was supplied with electricity during the 1900s, but there are records of private ...
  • 1953 A Royal Visit

    Whilst touring her kingdom in celebration of her accession to the throne Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Pembroke Dock aboard ...
  • 1959 Last of the Sunderlands

    The blow was not unexpected, it had been announced in February 1957 that the RAF Station at Pembroke Dock was ...
  • 1966 The Army Leaves

    Pembroke Dock's long association with the various branches of the armed forces came to an end in 1966 when the ...
  • 1975 The Haven Bridge Opens

    Toll BoothsAs recently as the 1960s the shortest route from Pembroke Dock to the north of Pembrokeshire and the county town ...
  • 1979 Ferries to Rosslare

    Irish FerryA Roll-on Roll-off ferry terminal was built in the Dockyard and B&I Ferries commenced sailings to Rosslare in Southern Ireland ...
  • 1979 Star Wars

    It was supposed to be top secret but the whispers grew and eventually, on 1 March 1979, the Western Telegraph ...
  • 1998 The Townscape Heritage Initiative

    THI (Townscape Heritage Initiative) was set up by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It selected a number of towns across the ...
  • 2002 Museum Trust Receives Gift

    The Mechanics InstituteThe Mechanics Institute, at 33 Dimond Street, was given as a gift to Pembroke Dock Museum Trust in April 2002. ...
  • 2005 The Technium

    The TechniumAndrew Davies, Economic Development Minister at the Welsh Assembly Government, performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the Technium centre. Funded by ...
  • 2007 MOD Sells RMAS site

    The Ministry of Defence finally cut its ties with Pembroke Dock by selling the freehold of the Royal Maritime Auxiliary ...
  • 2008 Marina Development Plans

    Planning permission was granted for the development of a Marina between Hobbs Point and the Irish Ferry Terminal, including new ...
  • 2012 New Power Station

    Pembroke Power StationThe controversial new Pembroke Power Station in West Pennar went into commercial operation in September 2012. Argument continues to the ...
  • 2013 DeltaStream Testing Plans

    No, it's not an aircraft, it's a device for harnessing electricity from tidal streams. The DeltaStream device was designed by ...
  • 2013 Marston’s Inns Development

    MarstonsOctober: Pembrokeshire County Council granted planning permission for Marston's Inns to build a new pub and restaurant on the former ...
  • 2014 A Royal Visit

    Royal VisitWith the town celebrating its bicentenary HM Queen Elizabeth II visited on 29th April to officially open Pembroke Dock's new ...
  • 2014 Founders Day

    Founders DayThe town's bicentenary was marked by, amongst many other events, the Founders Day Parade. This took place on 14th May. ...

The information used to construct this Timeline has been gleaned from a number of sources. I would like to acknowledge in particular the mine of information I found in Phil Carradice’s “The History of Pembroke Dock – the Town Built to Build Ships”, published in 2006 by Accent Press Ltd.