The Saundersfoot Bay communities: Saundersfoot, Wiseman’s Bridge, Stepaside, Summerhill and Amroth, are linked by the easternmost section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and share a captivating heritage.
Today, dynamic festivals, charity swims, fish week and fireworks are popular with locals and visitors but respect for the past, so evident in landscape and buildings, remains an integral part of community life.
Saundersfoot harbour once clanged and steamed as tons of world-acclaimed local anthracite coal were loaded onto ships, joined by Stepaside iron and Wiseman’s Bridge bricks later in the 19th century.
Experiencing this rich industrial heritage is integral to gaining a feel for the locality and is embedded in plans for the harbour’s development as an international marine tourism destination.
Follow a wave-lapped trail to Wiseman’s Bridge, then walk wildlife-rich ‘Pleasant Valley’. Silent furnaces and skeletal kilns announce Stepaside’s ironworks; iron ore was mined at Cwms Level, between Summerhill and Amroth, where quarries and kilns are still evident.
Today a wide variety of local businesses, ranging from gourmet hotels and restaurants, to stylish and quirky shops, create a colourful vibrancy across the bay. Colby Lodge gardens owned by the National Trust, offer a great mix of tranquil corners and new adventures for children.
Another opportunity to hear the talk given by Dr Simon Hancock FSA, curator of Haverfordwest Town Museum, as part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Archaeology Day event in November 2020.
Views about migration and refugees are important components of political discourse in twenty-first century Britain. While it might appear a phenomenon of pre-and post Brexit Britain the historical record suggests otherwise. The communities of Pembrokeshire have been subject to repeated waves of migration from the early modern period whether as a result of conquest, economic opportunities or escape from political turmoil and warfare.
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