Pembroke: The First Fortification Scheme, 1757-1764

By Margaret Franklin, published August 1940


Credit: NMM PAD1191

The scheme to fortify Milford Haven was initially conceived in 1737 to establish a secure harbour with dockyard facilities readily accessible from the Atlantic. Preliminary surveys were carried out and in June 1758 parliament adopted a fortification scheme, deferring docks and shipyard. Engineers were appointed, land acquired and work began in September 1760. Problems were encountered recruiting labour and obtaining materials and conflicts arose between those in charge. Progress was slow, economies were enforced and staff reduced. In April 1764 it was decided not to proceed further apart from securing the works from deterioration. The workmen were discharged and the works languished in neglected obscurity.

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Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

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