Introducing Pembroke (Penfro)
Pembroke is not much more than a single street of neat Georgian and Victorian houses sitting beneath a whopping great castle – the oldest in west Wales, seat of the Tudor dynasty and birthplace of King Henry VII.
Arnulph de Montgomery (Arnulf of Montgomery) built a castle here in 1093. In 1154 local traders scored a coup when a Royal Act of Incorporation made it illegal to land goods anywhere in the Milford Haven waterway except at Pembroke (now Pembroke Dock). In 1648, during the Civil War, the castle was besieged for 48 days before it fell, after which Cromwell had the town walls demolished.