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The "new town" of Milford Haven was founded in 1790 to serve the dock construction and operations. Although there were very few buildings on the "tithe" fields which provided land for the early constructions, the town has grown and now incorporates several older neighbouring villages including Steynton, Hubberston, Priory, Thornton, Hakin, Liddeston, Sunny Hill and Gelliswick.
Over the years, many of the street names have changed and informal names have been used to identify local roads. To overcome the problem of modern maps failing to display outdated and local street names, I have identified many the problem streets
Note - Many roads were renamed during a period approximating to 1811-1821 and it is difficult to trace reliable Street Name data prior to this period. For this reason, the distinction between original names, historic names and local names may be very blurred.
Note - The spelling used for local place names in historic documents are not consistent, I have even encountered variations within a single publication. If two (or more) local spellings sound identical, it is likely that they refer to the same place. e.g. Galleswick, Gelleswick, Gelliswick and Gellyswick.
Road NameModern Map Location
Amoco RoadPrivate road owned by Puma, links Haven Drive recreation area to Gelliswick Bay
51.7132N -5.0626W
Back StreetOriginal name for Robert Street
51.7135N -5.0353W
Captain James's HillLocal name for Saint Lawrence Hill
51.7148N -5.0444W
Cliff CottagesHamlet and possibly an early road name. Section of South Hook Road near Puma Jetty
51.7079N -5.0628W
Doctor's HillLocal name for Darmouth Street
51.7131N -5.0386W
Front StreetOriginal Name for Hamilton Terrace
51.7120N -5.0335W
Gracechurch TerraceA footpath linking Great North Road to Pill Road. Thought to have crossed near Eastleigh Drive
51.7142N -5.0271W
Jubilee TerraceLocal name for the section of Robert Street between Mansfield Street and Great North Road
51.7129N -5.0305W
Love LaneEarly official name for a road whose route approximates to combining Waterloo Road and Wellington Road
51.7118N -5.0473W
Market SquareLocal name for the carpark next to town clock on Charles Street
51.7132N -5.038W
Middle StreetOriginal Name for Charles Street
51.7127N -5.0329W
Murray CrescentThis road was probably a cul-de-sac. It followed a similar route to western end of the road now called "The Rath"
51.7108N -5.0307W
Nelson StepsAlthough misisng on many maps, this is still the official name for a footpath (with many steps,) linking Hamilton Terrace to Nelson Quay.
51.7124N -5.0373W
Old SlipLocal name for Hubberston Fort Slip, a slipway (in ruins) between Gelliswick Bay and Hubberston Fort
51.7077N -5.0567W
RathThe word Rath indicates an earthen mpuind of enclosure. There are several "Raths" located around Milford, including one near the eastern end of the eastern end of a modern road called "The Rath"
51.7092N -5.0235W
RoadsThe word Roads is shipping term. Local names ending in Roads (e.g. Man-of-War Roads,) usually identify shetered waterways
51.7082N -5.03428W
Short StreetExact location unknown but it contained a Baptist Chapel and it was "close to" Robert Street. (Map locations vary from near Torch Theatre to near Mansfield Street)
Swing BridgeLocal name for a tide race at the entrance to Castle Pill. The ruin of a railway swing bridge serving Newton Pier is still visible from parts of The Rath
51.7083N -5.0213W
TollIn olden days, tolls were payable to use most major roads and on the importation of goods. There were several road or importation toll houses around Milford Haven and historic references may not relate to Victoria Bridge
51.7139N -5.0419W
Note - The link to "Old Place Name" in the left hand margin will display a modern map and a list of early/local road/place names. Clicking on any item in the list will locate the place on a modern map. Old district names often related to a tithe farming environment. Some named regions identify areas that contain no modern buildings.