Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society continues its autumn programme on Saturday, November 4 with a coffee morning and talk in Pembroke Town Hall.

This month’s speaker, Andrew Shobbrook of Dyfed Archaeology, will be giving a presentation about the archaeological dig below what was the old Ocky White department store building in Haverfordwest, where archaeologists discovered the remains of more than 300 burials, as well as remnants of the Dominican medieval friary of St. Saviour’s, established in 1256.

Dyfed Archaeological Trust worked at the site on behalf of Pembrokeshire County Council, in conjunction with John Weaver Contractors. The archaeological excavations ran for eight months in 2022 following the discovery of artefacts and human remains dating back to the 14th Century AD.

According to the Trust, this has been the first major archaeological excavation to have taken place within the boundaries of the medieval town of Haverfordwest and has proven to be a unique opportunity to gather information about the continuous development of the town through the ages, and its vital connection with the Western Cleddau River.

Doors will open from 10am for coffee and an opportunity to visit the Museum and Council Chamber, which are situated on the first floor of the Town Hall – a lift is available for disabled access. Following this, at 11am, everyone will assemble in the George Lewis Room for the talk. All are welcome to attend – you do not have to be a member - and entry is free.

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